Ala Archa Eco-Leadership Project
Nathan, the lead instructor and curriculum author, has over eight years of military officer leadership experience, fifteen years of backcountry and mountaineering experience as a participant and professional guide, and is a year into his ecology work as a student in the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. In August 2016, he will lead a team of two US-based undergraduate instructors and one Kyrgyz-based experiential educator to implement the ELP program vision.
As the first program of its kind in the region, the ELP is currently in need of generous donors to assist in its "pilot program" year. All funds will go directly to the following uses:
1) Instructor travel to Kyrgyzstan ($4200 for air and ground travel for three US-based instructors)
2) Instructor living expenses for three weeks in-country (approximately $1000 for three US-based instructors)
3) Lodging for three weeks, both hostel and park camping fees ($700)
4) Instructor salary ($1500 for a Kyrgyzstan-based professional experiential educator)
5) Program transportation ($200)
6) Program food expenses ($4000 for fourteen program participants and instructors for two weeks of dehydrated meals)
The program will require funds on a rolling basis beginning in February 2016 (to purchase airline tickets) and will gladly accept donations up until the instructor team's departure from the United States in mid-July 2016. If you are not able to contribute a monetary donation, the project also gladly accepts any gently used outdoor clothing (down jackets, Goretex jackets) to help supplement the Kyrgyz students' outdoor equipment (please contact Nathan in person for details).
The Ala Archa Eco-Leadership Project seeks to bring together the best of the outdoor and conservation community to assist the students of Kyrgyzstan in contributing to their sustainable future. We greatly appreciate any assistance to help us bring this program vision to reality!
If you've been holding out until the 11th hour to help make this program a reality, please swoop in and save the day now! We've pulled together enough funding to get by, but every little bit now brings us closer to a full success. With the funds we have in place, we'll be buying student food, transportation to Ala Archa, and essentials such as water purification tabs. The next round of donations will fund the supplies for our trail conservation project and allow us to provide our instructors with a small stipend to cover their professional work. Anything that you can provide will be a HUGE help to us. And, as always, please help spread the word about our work!
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