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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.
Education 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.
Experience 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.
The purpose of the Environmental Education project is to assist Armenians in working individually and collectively to raise awareness of local, regional, and national issues that affect both environmental and human health in Armenia. This is accomplished by strengthening and/or establishing the capacity of educational institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies to solve current problems and to prevent future ones.
Primary project include but is not limited to the following:
- Design and implement environmental education programs and workshops for schools, teacher training centers, and community centers
- Assist science teachers in strengthening environmental content in classes
- Develop environmental curriculum and educational resources
- Establish area resource centers focusing on environmental education and health issues
- Develop and implement informal educational opportunities, including camps and after-school clubs
- Work with local and regional environmental authorities to assess the current state of the environment in Armenia