The Russia Youth Environmental Program (RYEP): Summer Training In the USA
Forty Russian participants ages 18-20 will learn more about environmental sustainability, gain exposure to successful youth-led environmental and community service projects, and examine the topics of community engagement and citizen participation.
The exchange begins with a 12-day Environmental Sustainability Academy at Dartmouth College in New-Hampshire that will end with a 3 day Appalachian Trail backpacking trip. The Academy will develop participants’ understanding of concepts related to environmental sustainability as well as communication, critical thinking and project planning skills. Participants will then move to Vermont to take part in environmental community service activities and visit local environmental organizations, colleges and sustainable businesses to observe their operations and become familiar with green projects.
At the end of the program, students will have cultural time in Washington, DC, and New-York City.
RYEP covers the participant costs, including international travel, ground transportation, lodging and meals in the U.S.
As a participant in the RYEP program, you will:
- Participate in pre-departure online classwork which will introduce you to the program, host organization, your fellow RYEP peers, the meaning of environmental sustainability and you will receive guidance on how to prepare for travel to the United States.
- Travel to the United States for a four-week program consisting of training seminars, interactive group activities, site visits, and community service opportunities related to environmental sustainability. The program will include cultural activities and a two week homestay with an American so you can learn about the culture and everyday life of the American people.
- Return to Russia to implement a project that focuses on improving the environmental sustainability in your community, educating others and inspiring them to act.
- Attend a RYEP alumni conference in Russia to present on your project and network with Russian experts and your RYEP peers at the end of the year.
More information about the programme here.
Application for the Russia Youth Environmental Program is Now Open.
Application deadline: March 11, 2019 (23:59 Moscow time).