What kind of school is this?
Rizoma Field School is a nonprofit educational resource that can host students and partnerships from around the world. We are currently working on an active partnership with Washington State University and their departments of crop and soil sciences as well as sociology. We are also working on developing an alternaive service break for students at the University of Idaho. We are open to partnerships with other groups, institutions or individuals who are interested in learning about sustainability in context.
What is your fee structure?
Fees are dependent upon length of stay, number of meals, number of classes taken, size of the group, and time of year. We can work with your group to find a fee structure that fits your budget and interests.
Where will students stay?
We have a partnership with Centro Emmanuel, a local spiritual retreat center and hub for organic agriculture and organic dairy production. Centro Emmanuel has dorm rooms, a dining room with the option of daily meals provided (as well as self-service), and classrooms for our use.
How do students get transcripts?
Students will receive transcripts from their host institution. Often, host institutions will send faculty to teach one or more classes alongside the classes offered by Rizoma Field School. We will work with your institution to create an adjunct position for our classes so that students will receive credit in their home institution.
Who are your local partners?
In this area of Colonia, Uruguay we are lucky to have so many resources that make this place a very interesting one for exploring sustainable futures. There are a few enterprises that mirror local, environmental, small-scale production popping up in the Global North (microbrewery, earth building, organic agriculture, sustainable agritourism) as well as very many social structures that exist here that are common in the Global South (small scale dairy production and local dairy college, local poultry producer, small-scale vineyard, localized fish sellers). There is so much localized production here that is not a result of a movement, but is a common way of life and has been for generations.
We are also developing volunteer abroad opportunities with several local partners. One is working with small-scale low-income farmers, helping with both labor and developing sustainable practices that save money and help keep them in business. This is something that is an ongoing project for a local organic agricultural center, and something we could easily jump in on to help them. The other option for a volunteer project is restoration work in low-income communities following a large flood that impacted the area some months ago. Many people lost everything, so we could work with couple of local churches that have been distributing donations or do some home restoration work with a few selected families.
What kinds of day trips or weekend excursions are available for students?
Colona Suiza, Uruguay is only 35 minutes from Unesco World Heritage Site Colonia del Sacramento. Only two hours away (by bus and ferry) from world class city Buenos Aires, the home of tango. As well as 2 hours (by bus) away from the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo. For a further trip, visit UNESCO World Heritage natural site Iguazú Falls, about a 20 hour bus ride.