3 months: Training at CICD in England
2 months: Action Period at an environmental project in Europe
1 month: Conclusion and Call to Action in Europe
Pioneer team starts March 2022. Gaia scholarship programme available from September 2021.
3 months training & preparation, including 3 weeks investigation travel in Europe
The first part of the course is based here at our college in East Yorkshire.
Here you join an international team of younger or more mature people, preparing to go to volunteer in an environmental project. The preparations are both theoretical and practical. The studies include Climate Change, Environment Sustainability, The 9 Planetary Boundaries, Planet Protection, Organic Garden Farming and much more.
All the way through this programme you will be encouraged to debate and formulate your own conclusions on topics like War and Peace, Europe’s situation (past and present), Industrial Food production and regional environmental issues. At the end of your 3 months preparation period, your team & your teacher embark by bus towards the Environmental project where you will volunteer during Period 2.
The journey starts with a 3 weeks Action Research period. This period is to get to know and understand much more about the reality in different parts of Europe, the effects of the climate crisis, and what actions people are taking to protect our planet ….. and how we can move forward and work together to be ready for the future.
2 months Action Period in an Environmental project
After the three months training, once you are equipped with all the knowledge needed, you will embark on the next stage of the journey. Your team will join the work in an environmental project. You will be welcomed and introduced, ready to get to work together with your new partners on the main tasks at the project.
The project work might be with farmers, teachers, local leaders or other volunteers that work to tackle the root causes of the environmental crisis that we are facing and build up sustainable projects. Together with them you will help build sustainable and thriving solutions. That can be from growing organic food, apply permaculture techniques, planting trees or cleaning beaches. The range of possible activities is wide.
After 2 weeks of introductions and doing what is needed at the project, you set up goals for the rest of the period together with your teacher and agree with the project leadership about it. An event is organised by the team as a final contribution to the people at the project.
Conclusion and call to action in Europe
Your team return to CICD in your bus, with your heads and hearts full of what you have learned and achieved. Before your departure you prepare presentations about your work at the project, and what you have achieved together with the people there. Your trip back to the college lasts for 3 weeks, and on your way you share your experiences with community groups, schools and other associatons – bringing experiences and inspiration and getting many good discussions and ideas.
This final stage of the programme enables you to share your findings and evaluate the impact of the work your team have done in the field, as well as bringing awareness to the public by using creative ways to pass on your message.
Back at CICD there is time to write your final report and make a presentation for the whole school and our local friends and partners. Here you share the experiences you have had, and make sure everything you have learned and your good contacts and partners are passed on to the next teams.
Your team conclude the programme with a Graduation Party – to celebrate what you have achieved, and to look forward to the new goals you have set, based on your new knowledge and experiences.