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Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center Internship 2012
May 18 to July 12

The internship is a very special time at Ampersand. Our site comes to life as amazing folk gather for an intensive learning and community living experience. We share in a lifestyle that is abundant with the essentials.

Our rustic living conditions include, solar electricity, running rainwater (frugal use is expected with both), hot showers, an indoor bathroom with bucket style humanure composting toilets, and wireless internet access. We cook primarily with solar ovens and live off rainwater that we harvest throughout the year. We build with earth and salvaged materials. Living with Ampersand's sustainable systems is an education in itself.

We also teach workshops that the public is invited to. The internship includes several fun and educational field trips. Three days each week are dedicated to rest, play, and independent projects.

The 2012 Internship work projects:
Sustainable Food Systems: We will experiment with recipes for drying, fermenting, solar cooking, rocket stove cooking, focusing on local foods.
Natural Building: We will use salvaged pallets and earth building techniques to build a recycling shed, which utilizes a design for practical storage and accessibility, and integrates rain catchment.
Organic Gardening: Here at Ampersand we have a small rain catchment fed vegetable garden, a small greenhouse, and several perennial vegetable patches which integrate water harvesting earthworks. We will maintain and learn from the systems at Ampersand as well as other farms and permaculture sites.


Passive Solar Design and Solar Cooking

native plant Walk

High Desert Gardening

Rain Harvesting and Greywater systems

We see sustainability as an approach to life, which includes our relationships with everything- our resources, our waste, our interactions with the earth and fellow humans. We take our work seriously and get great satisfaction from it. We also integrate a patient attitude that values an inquisitive, fun and peaceful work/live environment. This community comes together to support each other in our paths towards living harmoniously with the earth in a way that values our individual passions and visions.

We are a 30 minute drive to Santa Fe, and a 40 minute walk to the eccentric village of Madrid. It has a coffee shop, tavern and many galleries. Housing for interns includes tent camping, the yurt, and a strawbale cottage. We are accepting 5 interns for 2012.
Programming 4 days per week:

Day 1: Class or hands-on instruction

Day 2: Projects

Day 3: Projects

Day 4: Field trip or independent projects

Includes weekly talking circles, scheduled time for guided independent projects for each student, morning coordination meetings, weekly planning meetings, and assigned readings for discussion.

Internship Cost is $475 per month. This covers meals, classes, field trips, and a guided personalized experiential education in sustainable living and skill building.

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