Winter Study

BFAIR

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) is a national and state accredited human service agency responsive to the unique needs of people with disabilities and their families through:

  • A Dedication to Excellence
  • Diverse Service Options
  • Safe and Healthy Environments
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Community Partnerships
  • Career Opportunities and Advancement
  • Inspiring Abilities, Creating Limitless Possibilities

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bfair

Education Outreach

For 20+ years, Williams has partnered with our local educators to create hands-on programming that serve the needs of the children and their families in a host of Berkshire County schools in the areas of science, writing, mentoring, homework help and more. Currently, more than 350 students participate and serve in K-12 schools in paid and volunteer positions in Williamstown, Lanesborough, North Adams and Pittsfield. We welcome your involvement and ideas, and look forward to hearing from you! Please visit the Education Outreach section of our website for more information.

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) impacts over 12,000 girls and supports over 5,000 adult members in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and a portion of Middlesex counties. In Girl Scouts, we believe every girl can become a leader. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12; women and men over 18 can join as adult members. While most girls join for fun and friendship, they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities—core qualities of Girl Scouting.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/girl-scouts-of-central-and-western-massachusetts

Rules Change Project

The Rules Change Project is an initiative to support action ideas for capitalism and the common good.  America is not working for all of us. The Rules Change Project is an open coalition to spotlight, amplify and educate the public about existing efforts to foster economic “rules change.” It is an informal, non-partisan collaboration of individuals and independent groups seeking to help launch a national conversation about how we govern, regulate, manage and interact with corporations, about their relationship with government, and with their stakeholders — employees, customers, communities, the environment — in addition to stockholders.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/rules-change-project

Teaching in the Dominican Republic

 

 

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO APPLY FOR A 2020 TEACHING POSITION

Project Description: This winter study teaching experience is available through PSCI 21 Fieldwork in Public Affairs and Private Non-Profits. Up to 2 students will work as Teaching Associates during the entire winter study period teaching and developing curriculum for El Centro Educativo La Palma (El Centro), a pioneering PreK – 6th Grade elementary school in the northeast of the Dominican Republic. They will support the teaching of English through creative approaches of their choice in areas such as art, environmental studies, and/or music education. El Centro would really benefit from creative students willing to work with the teachers to establish a curriculum that will suit the learning needs of the children at the school. Teaching Associates will be provided with a list of themes being covered in other subjects so that these can be incorporated into the projects as time permits.

The Town: El Valle is located in the province of Hato Mayor Del Rey and it is located approximately three hours from the capital. It is in a rural area so access to many products and services is limited; however, the TAs will be able to meet their basic needs with what’s around. It is important that the Williams students understand that El Valle is a small and poor town. Needless to say, there are ways the TAs can keep busy. The town has a small park, and many dance floors (to learn the bachata, merengue, and salsa). Williams students can also continue consulting on the programs and activities they create once they return to the U.S.

The School & The Workday: The school day typically runs from 8am-4pm. Lunch will be provided at the school for the Williams students.

Funding for the school comes from two major sources: Inasca Agroindustrial and Fe y Alegria. Inasca is a palm oil company owned and run by the Crouch family (the family of a Williams’ alum). Most of the students at El Centro have parents who work at Inasca, as the school was initially built to provide education for the many children of Inasca’s workers. Fe y Alegria is a Jesuit non-profit organization that helps with the set-up of schools in impoverished areas all over the world. Aside from paying the teachers, Fe y Alegria provides the school with materials, training, and support.

Living Arrangements: The Crouch family will provide the participants housing with available Wi-Fi, food (breakfast and dinner during the weekdays) and in-country transportation, including a few weekend trips around the beautiful Island. The expense for the students will be the transportation to get from their homes to the Santo Domingo airport and back to Williams. The financial aid limit for this fieldwork is $1000 (the maximum for all winter study fieldwork courses).

Dress Code: No flip-flops, shirts without sleeves (bare shoulders), shorts, or very tight pants.  Sneakers should be fine, and jeans too, with a t-shirt or a polo shirt.

**Important** Is this project right for you?

Please keep in mind that we are looking for students who:

-understand and can speak Spanish well

-take initiative and are creative

-are flexible and open to changes and new ideas

-are keen to work with children

To find out more in the meantime: Email Paula Consolini at [email protected] or Elle Montoya-Kelner at [email protected]

Timberlawn Elementary School

The mission of Timberlawn Elementary School is to teach and learn with purpose, passion, and perseverance. We will achieve our mission by working together to ensure that every Timberlawn Bulldog excels academically, socially and emotionally.  Students recite the Timberlawn Mission Statement at the beginning of each school day.

Timberlawn Elementary School is one of 38 elementary schools in the Jackson Public School District. It serves students in grades pre-K-5. Timberlawn is located in a low-income community. It is a Title 1 school; 97% of students live below the poverty line.  For more information on the school, please visit timberlawn.jpsms.org.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/timberlawn-elementary-school

Williams College Children’s Center

We join with families in a community where children’s ideas and the wonder of childhood inspire our common learning. We offer safe, nurturing care that supports play, learning, and the work of children while recognizing the strengths, diversity, and uniqueness of all who learn and teach here. Our teachers foster multiple ways of learning and development of skills that will support our children in the future, whether in school or in the world beyond.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/williams-college-childrens-center