Become a Marpha Foundation Fellow

Every year Marpha Foundation hosts fellows who are talented and dedicated practitioners in their fields. These individuals work on a variety of programs and projects as creative contributors. The qualifications and time commitment vary based on the position.

Marpha Foundation provides homemade and locally sourced food, as well as comfortable lodging for all fellows. There is a one-time registration fee of $180 (USD) to cover administrative costs.

Click here for the Fellowship application

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2017 FELLOWSHIPS: APPLICATION DUE AUGUST 7, 2017

Garden and Food Preservation Fellow

In this position you will help with the daily responsibilities of tending Sunchance Garden. This includes watering, pruning, weeding, and pest management. You will also collaborate on a sowing schedule and bed layouts for our 2018 growing year.  Additionally, you will help harvest and preserve garden produce, and help Marpha Foundation teachers incorporate garden activities in their lesson plans.

Program dates: September 15- November 15, 2017

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2018 FELLOWSHIPS: APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1st, 2017

Pre-primary Teaching Fellow

In this position you will be teaching alongside local teachers at Marpha Foundation’s Kindergarten. You will collaborate on lesson plans and generating teaching materials that synthesize philosophies from Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori approaches to foster an environment for experiential learning.

In the Kindergarten, you will be working in a mixed age classroom with children between the ages of two and five. You will curate free play stations, design guided activities, and help with mealtimes, potty, and basic hygiene.

Qualifications: Fluent in English. Minimum one-year experience working in an educational setting with children ages two to seven years old.

2018 Sessions*:
Session 1: February 12  – May 20
Session 2: May 15 – August 20
Session 3: August 15 – November 20

*Applicants for this position are welcome to apply for two consecutive sessions.

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Garden and Food Preservation Fellow

In this position you will help with the seasonal and daily responsibilities of tending Sunchance Garden. This includes composting, sowing, watering, pruning, weeding, and pest management. You will also collaborate on a sowing schedule and bed layouts.  Additionally, you will help harvest and preserve garden produce, and help Marpha Foundation teachers incorporate garden activities in their lesson plans.

Qualifications: Experience with organic gardening, lunar and biodynamic gardening, and/or permaculture.

2018 Sessions*:
Session 1: February 12  – May 20
Session 2: May 15 – August 20
Session 3: August 15 – November 20

*Applicants for this position are welcome to apply for two consecutive sessions.

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Experiential English Teaching Fellow

In this position you will fill two roles. You will work with students at the government school in Syang village, a 45-minute walk from Marpha, and with monks at Samtencholing Monastery in Marpha. There are two Experiential English Teaching Fellows at a time.

In Syang, Experiential English classes are held three days a week afterschool. On each class day, one teaching fellow will teach Grade 1 for an hour-long class, and then Grades 4 and 5 for another hour-long class. The other teaching fellow will teach Grades 2 and 3 for an hour-long class, and then Grade 6 for another hour-long class. Syang classes develop English language competence, incorporating themes and practices from the arts, humanities, and natural sciences, with a strong focus on place relevance.

At Samtencholing Monastery, both Experiential English Teaching Fellows work together to lead an hour-long class three days a week (on different days than Syang classes) for ten to twelve student monks between the ages of seven and fifteen. The classes develop English language competency and math skills, but are more informal and rely heavily on the arts, games and conversation.

Qualifications: Fluent in English. Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting. Ability to design and document lesson plans and activities.

2018 Sessions:
Session 1: March 1 – June 10
Session 2: June 1 – August 10
Session 3: August 1 – October 15

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Creative Lessons Teaching Fellow 

In this position you will fill two roles. You will work with first graders from Marpha’s government school in after-school sessions, as well as with Marpha’s Second through sixth graders in morning sessions.

After-school Creative Lessons with Marpha’s first graders are one hour each, six days a week, and attendance ranges between seven to twelve students. You will design English-medium lessons that focus on creative projects to develop spatial reasoning and motor skills, self-confidence and empathy, group communication and creative problem solving.

Mixed level morning Creative Lessons are one hour and fifteen minutes, five days a week, and attendance ranges between five to fifteen students . Government school students between the ages of eight and fourteen attend these extracurricular classes before their school day starts. Creative Lessons are emergent and experimental in nature and they respond to the interests of our students.

As a Creative Lessons Teaching Fellow you will share what you are passionate about through experiments, workshops and long-term projects. Areas of interest include the arts, natural sciences, physical education, or anything that promotes curiosity, wonder and a greater understanding of the world.

Qualifications: Fluent in English. Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting. Ability to design and document lesson plans and activities.

 2018 Sessions:
Session 1: March 10 – June 10
Session 2: June 1 – August 25
Session 3: August 15 – October 30

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Videography Fellow

In this position, your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, shooting and editing footage for instructional and promotional videos, as well as for creative projects carried out by the Foundation. You will also be responsible for photographing Foundation activities for both documentation and promotional purposes.

Qualifications:  Fluent in English. Demonstrated proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite software.

2018 Sessions:
Session 1: March 10 – June 10
Session 2: June 5 – August 10
Session 3: August 5 – October 15 

Click here to apply for Fellowship Positions