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Volunteer Opportunity in Eco-Education!

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This year, the Earth From Above Exhibit makes its US Debut in New York City in Bryant Park running April 1st 2010 through May 28th 2010.

Earth From Above is a free-to-the-public breathtaking collection of large-scale aerial photography by world-renowned French environmentalist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand.  A visual record for future generations, this outdoor public art exhibition and experiential event presents awe-inspiring portraits of our planet, and a new perspective on the need for sustainable living.

The NYC exhibition will contain over 150 large-format photographs – the largest exhibit to date – which offers a message about sustainable development.  More than a staging of beautiful pictures, it is an inventory of fixtures of our planet, with educational text to help visitors better understand and preserve it.  A central focus of the exhibit is educating youth about current ecological problems and sustainable living.

As such, the Earth From Above Educational team is looking for volunteers with backgrounds and/or interest in education, sustainability, photography, visual arts, educational arts and theatre, ecology and the environment and youth development programming to assist in the day-to-workings of the Education Center Mondays to Fridays for the duration of the exhibit.  All volunteers, regardless of experience will be trained by Earth From Above staff upon joining the team.

Volunteers will be paired with full-time Earth From Above educators to accompany classes though the 45-90-minute guided exhibit tour as well as the 45-90-minute educational program to follow.  This programming will include activities for students grades 3-12 using video, games and art that will encourage them to reflect on the photos, their own interconnectedness to others and to the planet as well as ways to be active in sustaining and protecting the earth.  Students will have the opportunity to use their experience in the exhibit to learn new information about our planet and its ecosystems, ways to conserve our natural resources and personal and community tools they can use to reduce their own carbon footprints- and you can help inspire them.

Please be advised that anyone still in school is welcome and encouraged to apply and that we will work with your school or university to get approval for internship credit, community service hours, or observation hours for teachers or teaching artists-in-training. Hours will be determined by volunteers and Earth From Above staff based on need and availability.

If you are interested, please email your resume including specific educational experiences as well as your availability for the months of April and May 2010 to erin@pictureearth.org.

Sincerely,
Erin Kaplan
Earth From Above/ Picture Earth
Education Coordinator

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