Living Routes offers accredited college-level Semester, Summer and January programs based in Ecovillages/Sustainable Communities in India, Scotland, Senegal, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Programs are open to current students as well as adult learners. Learn to live sustainably as you investigate solutions to real world issues. Develop the understanding, skills and commmitment to restore our planet and prepare for careers that count.
Profile and Credentials
Living Routes helps students build essential skills in sustainable living and understanding the intricate global context of local issues and concerns. Our programs include:
- Thorough orientations, including heath and safety information, and valuable tools for cross cultural adaptation and re-entry.
- Interdisciplinary curricula that develops a profound understanding of real-world issues.
- Individualized approaches to learning by which students create their own educational goals, with guidance from a faculty advisor, and pursue a self designed project or internship.
- Field visits to sites of historical, cultural and ecological importance, providing insight and deepening the learning experience.
- Academic credit, awarded by the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, is widely transferable.
Philosophy and Comments
Living Routes partners with Ecovillages around the world. These vibrant communities of individuals, socially responsible businesses, and nonprofit agencies are the future. Socially diverse and ecologically focused, these communities provide a living laboratory for a sustainable way of life. Community members grow organic foods, harness renewable energy, practice holistic health and consensus decision making, and excel at artistic and cross-cultural expression. Living Routes programs are both experiential and academic. They challenge students to grow on professional and personal levels. Programs are taught by faculty with in-country experience and expertise in a wide range of fields. Students and faculty together create a learning community within the living community of the ecovillage. This remarkable educational environment facilitates transformative intellectual development. Bring your education to life!
Work Hours and Fee Schedule
'Thanks to Living Routes, I live life with vision and focus. I found my own educational mentor, I advocate for community supported agriculture, and I develop and teach courses in deep ecology. Today, I am a 'doer'- life isn't just happening to me anymore.'-Alumnus, 2002
'...one of the best experiences of my life. The teaching team was phenomenal and we were engaged b the real-life application of learning.' -Alumnus, 2003
'I brought back so much- it was like living, studying and experiencing ideology in action. We learned how to improve our lives and help make the environment a better place.' -Alumna, 2002
'A Living Routes education has a profound effect on the way young adults see the world and themselves. It helps to shape future leaders to be more sensitive to other cultures and promote peace and negotiation instead of war and conflict.'-Parent of Alumnus, 2003
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