La Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire a fully operational micro-society, that has been incorporating a modern lifestyle with a sustainable and cooperative consciousness. It is located in Colebrook, part of the Great Northwoods region of New Hampshire, about 47 miles (75 km) north of Mt. Washington.
Our ecovillage gives priority to education, the well-being of its members, sustainable development, and respect for all living things. We also believe strongly in serving our local rural community.
As part of our project, we also created The Ecovillage Institute which offers dynamic classes, seminars, weekend workshops, practical trainings and internships inspired by our vision of a more resilient and sustainable future.
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Therefore, participants take part in garden work from the sowing stage to maintenance, irrigation, using efficient weeding techniques, harvesting, and marketing. Doing so, interns gain skills in maintaining a farm by hands-on, learning-by-doing approach. In complement, once a week, theory classes further the comprehension of larger topics such as basic ecology and the needs of plants. Down to earth aspects are shared as well, for example, soil life, cover crops, crop rotations, season extension, integrated pest management (IPM), post-harvest considerations and so on. Additionally, participants can help in the farm’s complementary enterprises (chicken coop, small fruits, berries, sugar bush, and shiitakes) depending on their area of interest and the season in which internship is taken. Since the farm is within an ecovillage, participants will get the chance to experience its lifestyle.
What is the main language spoken within the community?
> We are mostly French Canadians who have become US Citizens. > We all speak English and French. However, if you’re looking for a full English immersion and culture program, we may not be the best fit.
Will it be possible to visit La Cite Ecologique in Quebec, Canada?
> There is a possibility to visit our Ecovillage located in Quebec Canada www.citeecologique.org (for stays longer than one month). > Please bring your passport!
Do you provide visas for international interns?
> We welcome international interns and visitors. Please note that you are responsible for your legal paperwork.
Is there a minimum time requirement for my stay?
> We strongly suggest a minimum of two weeks for your internship; you may have the opportunity to stay up to 4 months, check our availability when registering.
> *Note that the first two weeks are a trial period.
How long is the internship season
> We mostly welcome interns from May to October, which is the ideal period for the gardening program.
What about meals?
> Lunch is served on weekdays and on Sundays twice a month.
> We have community dinners on Wednesdays twice a month.
> All members, interns, and guests are encouraged to join.
> The community has a mainly omnivorous diet, though, we do not serve red meat at the community meals. There is always a vegetarian option. We also have many local veggies!
> We will do our best to accommodate food intolerances and allergies. Please let us know through the registration form!
Will I get a stipend?
> We offer room and board and our programs are unpaid. However, we offer our participants ample learning opportunities and use of our facilities including access to the community grocery, kitchen, laundry room, internet, pool, hot tub, and hiking trails.
> La Cite Ecologique of NH is in a very rural part of Northern New Hampshire. We suggest that you either drive your own car to the community or rent one at the airport. Here are the other options of transportation: Transportation Options
> We have 2 small cedar wood cabins equipped with bunk beds, shared rooms max 4 per cabin, with beddings, but for a more comfortable stay please bring your own sleeping bag.
> Bathing and kitchen facilities are easily accessible indoors. Internet connection is available in community buildings. Don’t forget to pack a flashlight to find your way around at night!
*There's a dew almost every morning, please bring adequate footwear.
Size of project site
People on site
25 - 40
May to October
November to March
- shared rooms
- private room
- communal kitchen access
- communally cooked meals
- fast: streaming video
Cite Ecologique of Colebrook NH is currently offering the following opportunities:
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