Monday, October 15, 2007

Making a Difference on Planet Earth

I get to know many homeschooled students through the enrichment classes I teach. Twenty-one-year-old Rachel is one of my former students. She and I have kept in touch, off and on, over the years. Last fall, she wrote to tell me about her exciting twelve week internship with the Student Conservation Association (SCA).

Rachel spent the 12 weeks working at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Potomac, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. She worked with rangers and volunteers to run a mule-pulled 19th century replica canal boat. During her internship, she and other college students lived together in a house in the park. Rachel loved the experience. For her work, she was paid a weekly stipend of $225, which was more than enough to pay her living expenses. At the end of her term of service, she also, qualified for an optional education award of $1,250 from AmeriCorps, which she can use to pay toward her college tuition.

SCA offers a wide variety of internships and volunteer opportunities. In addition to having fun, making money, meeting new friends and living in unique places, students, also, have an opportunity to make a difference in the world. What could be better than that!

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