CICD is an independent college, and we fund our operations mainly by running a second hand clothes and shoes collection. We don’t receive government support or grants, so you need to fund your own programme. But don't give up - if you have difficulties raising the money at home, you are welcome to apply for a place in our scholarship programme, the Gaia Course (read more below).
NB. The Gaia team is open only for students with citizenship in a European country, because of the UK Immigration rules.
The costs of the programme
The enrolment fee is £ 350 for the 5 and 12 months programmes. For the 10 months programme, instead of an enrolment fee, you pay 500 Euro of the course fees in advance when you enrol yourself.
For the 5 month programme, the course fees will be £ 3,900
For the 10 month programme, the course fees will be £ 2,600
For the 12 month programme, the course fees will be £ 3,600
The course fees for the 10 and 12 months programmes cover the costs for food, accommodation and educational expenses and they are paid at the start of the programme. If you start a programme, but decide to discontinue, you will get a refund of course fees paid according to the agreement in the enrolment documents. The enrolment guarantee cannot be refunded. For the 12 months programme, the course fees also include pocketmoney of £ 30 month during the 6 months in UK.
For the 10 months and 12 months programmes that have a 6 months project period, the travel expenses to Africa or India are covered by a travel grant from Humana People to People. The Humana People to People project also covers the costs for food and pocketmoney during your time at the project, and arranges the accommodation for you and your Trio.
For the 5 months Climate Activist programme the course fees cover the entire budget - also your travel to the project and your food while in India.
The Gaia Scholarship Programme
The Gaia scholarship programme is for you who have “a big heart and a small purse”. It is available for the 5 months Climate Activist teams and for the 12 months Poverty Activist teams, but not for the 10 months programme. During the Gaia team you can raise a scholarship to cover the course fees, including your food and accommodation during the period. The Gaia team is based at CICD and has a programme consisting of practical tasks - mostly in connection with our clothes and shoes recycling project - and studies of environmental subjects.