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
Land Stewardship and Erosion Control
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. The internship lasts two months.
Here’s what our past interns say about their time at Ampersand:
Ampersand helped me figure out what is possible to do as far as sustainable living and closed loop systems while on a budget. It turns out that you can do a lot more than I thought through innovation, imagination and a good attitude. Ampersand not only embodies positive change for the future of the environment, but also invites visitors, interns and neighbors alike to enjoy their optimistic, activist, and all around fun approach to change. I think Emma Goldman would have approved of Ampersand when she said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Thanks Tía Manda and Andy.
-Ian Callaghan, 2011 Ampersand Intern
Flying on a hunch across the USA to stay at Ampersand was the most revitalizing and empowering thing I’ve ever done. I’d still be there if they hadn’t convinced me I could change the world and deeply inspired me to do so. The community touched my spirit and turned my life around in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
-Madeleine Radke, 2010 Ampersand Intern
My time spent learning and laughing at Ampersand has impacted my life in exciting and meaningful ways and I recommend the experience to anyone who is ready to expand their lifestyle to incorporate simplicity, practical skills and the inevitable happiness that comes along with that!
-Zoe Elliston, 2011 Ampersand Intern
Interns are expected to have a strong work ethic, an ability to take initiative, and a flexibility in working and living with others.
See our website for application instructions: http://www.ampersandproject.org/?page_id=20
Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center
Find out about our classes, events, internships and retreats at: www.ampersandproject.org