Earth Educators Fellowship

The Earth Educators Fellowship brings together 20 young volunteers for the environment, emerging grassroots conservationists, and schoolteachers who are passionately educating students about nature. Selected from across India, they are invited to embark on an 11-month journey to explore the natural world, curate immersive learning experiences for students, build skills, and a community to lead positive environmental change in their locality.

Cohort 3.0 Applications Now Open

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Why Enrol

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An Experiential and Practice-based Approach

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Residential is a short in-person engagement when the Earth Educators, faculty, and the YouCAN team come together in a lush, outdoor environment to learn, try, ideate, reflect, and bond with one another.


Highlights

  • Immersion and travel in nature

  • Rigorous skill training

  • Peer-to-peer ideation

  • Personal action plan

  • Photo and video storytelling training

Field Time is when Earth Educators apply their residential learning in live projects in schools and their communities. Activities range from documenting biodiversity in their neighbourhood to film screenings and activity-based learning sessions in schools/communities for middle school students.


Highlights

  • Weekly mentoring sessions

  • Online talks with environmentalists and educators

  • Explorers classroom

  • Skill-building sessions

  • Documenting the natural world around you 

Immersion in Natural History

Educators who inspire environmental action among students have an aptitude for natural history — a keen observation and inquiry of animals, birds, plants, fungi, butterflies, and all life forms in their natural environment. It is developed through lived experiences through walks.

 

The fellowship training shares stories of discoveries through walks, provides resources to explore the natural world in the neighbourhood, teaches skills such as citizen science, nature journaling, photo, and video storytelling, and helps Earth Educators create a portfolio of their documentation of local biodiversity.

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Who are we looking for?

  • Emerging grassroots conservationists leading campaigns

  • Schoolteachers passionately educating students about nature

  • Early career youth with a budding volunteering experience in environmental conservation and/or education, outreach, and community work

  • Young naturalists looking for a foundation to build their careers in the fields of environment, sustainability, and conservation.

Requirements

  • 20 hours a week; including educational sessions in schools/communities*, 4 times a month.

  • Travel and availability to the first residential workshop - 7 days, second residential workshop and the public event - 4 days.

  • A working smartphone and/or laptop with a stable internet connection.

Other Criteria:

  • Minimum 12th Standard pass

  • Ages 18-35 years (with exceptions)

  • Fluency in English

  • A stable source of financial sustenance

Selection Process

  • Round 1 – Online application
    Fill in English or Tamil. Applications launch on April 22th, 2022.

  • Round 2 – Video interview
    Interviews will begin on May 20th and run-up to June 1st, 2022.

  • Round 3 – Pre-arrival exploration
    June 5th to June 16th, 2022

  • Round 4 – Announcement of Earth Educators Cohort, Generation 3

“Through this program, I’ve been able to develop self-belief and also make friends across regions, religions, communities, and language boundaries. Even with their inability to understand my words, it was possible. I got uncomfortable and that’s how I learned something new. I think this will not just help me, but the children and community I’m going to be working with in the years to come.”

Rohit Varma, Jharkhand, India.

“The gentle yet energetic team created a healthy environment where every participant could find their niche to approach the project in their own manner while maintaining the basic guidelines needed to be a good educator. They taught me to not be afraid of the path of my dream and to take chances, both of which have yielded fruitful results. I would recommend this program and its diversely beautiful people to anyone who is interested in nature, kids, communities, or all of them”

Nisha Bhakat, Masters candidate, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Kolkata, India.