Volunteers assist communities where environmental issues are in conflict with basic needs for farming and income generation. Their activities are limited only by their own creativity and that of the community.
Activities include teaching in elementary and secondary schools; providing environmental education to youth groups and individuals outside school settings; helping environmental groups organize and develop, often in newly emerging democracies; promoting sustainable use of forest or marine resources by communities; developing income-generating activities for communities living near protected areas; and managing sanitation in urban areas.
Applicants qualify with a bachelor's degree in an environmental field such as environmental science, ecology, or natural resource conservation; or a degree in any discipline with experience organizing or leading environmental activities.
Most applicants have significant coursework in science.
Most applicants have significant out-of-classroom experience, such as participation in internships or study-abroad programs or working as a park guide, docent at a zoo or natural history museum, or primary school teacher.
Other relevant experience includes initiating or organizing environmental awareness activities such as recycling campaigns or nature walks; vegetable production using organic and low-input methods; use of computer applications for research, tree planting, or other local conservation activities; work as a primary school teacher or environmental camp counselor; and grant writing.
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