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apply by 15 march!

The GreenCheck Solidarity Academy is a paid training and internship program designed to empower the next generation of climate leaders from Most Affected Peoples and Areas (MAPA)*. A small cohort of interns will be invited to join us in scaling high-impact and MAPA-led frontline climate justice actions, and increasing transnational, inter-MAPA solidarity.

* MAPA is an alternative to the term “Global South” that better reflects the vulnerability of certain marginalised communities to the climate crisis

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Cool! Am I eligible?
Are you:
  • 18-24 years old?
  • From a MAPA community?
    • E.g. Indigenous, queer, neurodivergent, low-income​
  • Interested and passionate about social and environmental issues?
Yep, yep, and yep!
Awesome! Do you have:
  • Less than 1 year of involvement in grassroots climate justice actions?
  • Access to a computer and internet?
Yes to both!
Great, you qualify!
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Here's what you'll be doing in the Solidarity Academy:

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Interns are assigned responsibilities with one GreenCheck Partner and engage in direct actions to drive impact in that Partner organisation.

1 Month

(May)

3 Months

(Jun-Aug)

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GreenCheck will host several workshops, panels, and discussions that will:

1) educate interns about decolonial principles, climate justice, & developing a “solidarity over charity” approach to community actions; and

2) train interns in relevant skills such as storytelling, impact campaign development, and more!

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Throughout the internship, interns will join social hangouts and other virtual events with the GreenCheck team and other allies to build their network and community!

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by experts & activists on topics such as:
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Migration

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blue economy

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Disability justice

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Storytelling

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International

Organizing

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Planetary Health

  and more!  

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with our Partners to put theory into practice!
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CEPC-Tolimán

   Guatemala

Note: The Direct Action & Allyship segment of the GreenCheck Solidarity Academy will take place in a virtual or hybrid format, depending on the location of the intern.

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Applications open

Interviews begin

Training & Upskilling begins

Solidarity Academy concludes

 Feb  15 

 Mar 15 

 Mar 20 

 Apr 15 

 May 1 

 Jun 1 

 Aug 31 

Applications close

All applicants are notified of a decision

Direct Action & Allyship begins

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Note: The GreenCheck Solidarity Academy will require interns to participate in virtual sessions that will take place at various timings between 12pm-3pm GMT. 

What are you waiting for?

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is this a paid programme?

Yes! Each intern selected will receive a monthly stipend of USD 250 (or a total of USD 1,000) for the entire duration of the program. We understand this is a relatively small stipend and hope that the flexibility of this program allows interns to pursue other opportunities on the side. The team is committed to working with each intern to ensure that financial barriers are mitigated (e.g. adjusting stipends for inflation in their country). 

Is this a full-time or part-time opportunity?

This is a remote or hybrid part-time opportunity. The interns are expected to be available for at least 10 hours a week throughout the program. However, during the internship with a GreenCheck Partner, some weeks may require less than 5 hours of work commitment, depending on which partner they are assigned to and what tasks they will support. 

 

Who is considered MAPA?

MAPA, or Most Affected Peoples and Areas, is an alternative to the term “Global South” that better reflects the vulnerability of certain marginalised communities to the climate crisis. We consider the Global North vs Global South divide too simplistic to explain how to assign the responsibility and burden of climate change. 

 

MAPA includes all territories of the so-called Global South (Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, Pacific Islands etc.) but is also attentive to historical processes that have affected certain communities like Black, Brown, Indigenous and other People of color disproportionately (and these can reside in the “Global North”). MAPA also includes communities and individuals that face systemic discrimination and barriers in our societies and are often underrepresented in the climate space due to their different social or cultural identities. These can include LGBTQIA+ people, neurodivergent people, and women

 

Bottom line, we are interested in how the different elements of your identity intersect and interact to make you who you are (i.e. someone who will make the most out of this program!). For more information about MAPA, visit this page

English is not my first language. Can I still apply?

Yes. Although English is the language of the program, we highly encourage participants whose mother language is different from English to apply. Our program welcomes applicants from diverse linguistic backgrounds and we recognize the richness multilingualism brings to our community. You are still eligible to apply if you can interact in English but do not necessarily have an advanced competency in the language. We will consider hiring language interpreters for outstanding applicants who might need the additional support.

I have more than 1 year of experience in climate issues or grassroots climate action. Can I still apply?

No. The Solidarity Academy is open to young people with little or no experience in the climate action sector. Our aim is to introduce our small cohort to climate action activism and equip them with some tools and knowledge they need to lead initiatives to create an impact in their communities. If you already have experience in climate action, we encourage you to reach out to volunteer with GreenCheck instead

I am a student, can I still apply?

Absolutely. We highly encourage students to apply for this program. We believe in the importance of extracurricular activities in building the capacities and skills of young people. As long as you can manage your time appropriately and dedicate enough time to the program’s activities, you are welcome to apply.

Who are the GreenCheck Partners?

GreenCheck currently supports 6 Partners working on different issues and areas including Political Advocacy, Climate Regeneration, Human rights and Justice. Our Partner groups are grassroots, community-led organizations that join our Partner network long-term.  Find our more about each Partner here: https://www.greencheck.earth/partners

Can I choose which GreenCheck Partner to intern with?

Before starting the program, we will take into consideration your interests and journey of exploration you would like to embark on during the program.  However, our goal is also to match your own with our Partners’. The Partner you are assigned to will depend on the projects and needs of our Partners this summer. 

Who will be delivering the training component?

We are onboarding expert trainers and facilitators to deliver the training component of the Solidarity Academy. Our trainers have extensive experience in the climate action sector and have delivered training sessions both online and in-person. They come from different backgrounds and represent different nationalities.

 

Will the participants have the chance to introduce their project ideas and contribute to the training component?

Absolutely! Our program encourages co-creation and contributions from different parties involved in shaping the curriculum. We are building the training component of the Solidarity Academy based on the needs and expectations of the participants. We want to make sure that whatever we are offering meets the needs of our interns. During the program, the participants will have many opportunities to put into practice what they learn and present it to their cohort.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successfully completing the Solidarity Academy, participants will be invited to a virtual closing ceremony to commemorate their journey and receive their certificate of completion. Additionally, they will gain access to our esteemed alumni network, ensuring they are the first to be informed about upcoming offers and opportunities.

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