2 Months – USA
The first part is the training period based at our Michigan campus. You and your team will learn the practical skills needed for the project work in communities along with a theoretical training to enhance your knowledge base. You will learn a broad variety of topics connected with the situation in the world today, the living conditions in poor communities, and the struggle of food insecurity.
The focus of the courses during this period will be on learning: Fighting with The Poor; Big Issues of Our Time; Lifestyle Sustainability; Learn to Work, Work to Learn; and Mastering the Material World.
Part of the practical training of this period takes place in One World Center’s Garden Farm. You will learn about growing and harvesting organic food first-hand. Additionally, you and your team will participate in outreach activities in the local area with organizations connected with poverty and food insecurity, such as: assisting at the local food pantry or soup kitchen; advocating for social justice following Reverend Pinkney for “court watch”; and establishing vegetable gardens for children with Fresh Start in Benton Harbor, MI.
3 Months – Project Work
Once you are equipped with all the knowledge needed, you will embark on the next stage of the journey. You, along with a trio from your team, will assigned to a project in Michigan or Northwest Indiana to support local community development projects. You will learn hands-on to be the multi-faceted community development worker that is so desperately needed to support growth and sustainability.
Depending on the season and the needs of your assigned project, you will work with: growing good quality food for the communities around the project; teaching children life skills and assisting with homework; and preparing various community events (e.g. thanksgiving dinners, school supply drives, various community fairs).
Like with any of One World Center’s programs, your team will live in the communities where you work. This is important so that get first-hand experience about what life is like for the people you are working with and what challenges do they face. While in the field as part of your ongoing theoretical studies, you will conduct investigations in the community regarding: poverty, water issues and food insecurity. You will touch on all the subjects of program by connecting the theoretical knowledge with what you are living and experiencing.
1 Month – USA
You and your team will return to the Michigan campus to digest your experiences. This final stage of the cycle allows you to share your findings and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the work in the field.
You will hone your skills as public speakers by preparing multi-media presentations. You and your team will discuss and craft the message that you wish to bring to the public. You will take your presentation on the road in a tour around Michigan in order to raise awareness about poverty in the USA and the specific issues you and your team wish to highlight.
The period ends with you hosting a big event where we will celebrate all that you achieved together with your team and all the people you have worked with at One World Center and your projects.