Help me go to Earthship Academy!

Hi. My name is Lia! I love working outside, meeting new people and learning new skills. 

I'm about to graduate from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and I'm looking beyond graduation - towards the next step of my career. 

For a long time, I've been trying to figure out what I've wanted to do for a living. It's a little scary, to be honest, feeling like you're going to graduate without any idea of how you're going to get by in the 'big bad world'. No means of money or a future... really terrifying!

Last summer I heard about Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico. It's an organization that has developed Earthships, a revolutionary idea of building homes that are as environmentally friendly as possible using recycled materials, local resources, and natural systems. They're built to have low-ecological impacts on their surroundings, and they're really beautiful! The idea has been on my mind since last summer, and I haven't been able to shake it from my head. I feel in my heart that this is the right choice for me to do next - it's a miracle that I've found what I want to do!

At this point in my life I don't have much money, and neither do my parents. I've been working and saving up money, too. But I still don't have enough. I'm planning on leaving next May, so any little bit helps. 

This is the Basic Cost Breakdown. It doesn't cover everything - but I'm hoping to cover the rest on my own, including unexpected fees and costs. I'm asking for a little help to afford the tuition and rent, since this is the greatest challenge I'm facing so far! Every little bit helps!!

Earthship Academy Tuition: $2,500
Travel to Taos (round trip): $420
Food: $350
Stay (1 mo.): $500
Total: $3,770

Again, Thank you so much. Not just for reading this far, but for understanding that this is my future - one in which I hope to give back to the world. I want to go to sleep every night with a clear conscience that I am doing the best I can to guide our world towards a cleaner, better, innovative, future.  

Thank you so much, truly from the bottom of my heart! 

I love you all,


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Lia Heintjes 
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