Greenpeace Offers Student Activist Training

Greenpeace Offers Student Activist Training

If you’re into saving whales and a fan of Greenpeace, this might be your chance to get a bit more acquainted with both.

Greenpeace’s Organizing Team is accepting applications for its Spring 2010 Student Activist Training. As a Greenpeace Student Activist, you can become a leader in the environmental movement.

Greenpeace says that this program, located in both Washington, DC and San Francisco, is the best hands-on training for student activists. A semester of activism and training, the program entails grassroots organizing fundamentals as well as instruction in media, campaign strategy and direct action. Over fifty trainings are included in the program.

“I now have the skills and the confidence to organize people around a cause, and had learned how to pass those skills on,” says Kaitlan Finneran, a Greenpeace Field Organizer and graduate of the program.

During the program, participants will have the chance to participate in actual Greenpeace campaigns, both in the United States and abroad on the Greenpeace Expedition, a weeklong trip during which activists meet with other activists from all over the world. In the past, students have gone to Germany, Paris, and Mexico. Tuition for the program includes food, housing, and airfare.

“The GOT will give you the skills that you need to be part of the next wave of passionate and talented student leaders that help make the dream of a green and peaceful world a reality,” proclaims the program’s website.

Students can receive college credit for participating as well.

Applicants will qualify if they:

  • Are 18 to 24 years of age
  • Are a college undergraduate or high school senior
  • Are passionate about the environment and committed to protecting it

Click here to apply. The Organizing Team recommends that people apply early, as the majority of participants end up being selected from those who applied early.

Be prepared to answer several essay questions in your application. Questions like “Why should Greenpeace train you to be an activist?” and “What environmental changes would you make at your school?” are listed. If you’re considering applying, you probably already know the answers to these questions.

You’ll also need two references, and Greenpeace asks for recommendations for up to five of your friends if you have them as well.

To find out more, email Greenpeace at or check out Greenpeace Organizing Team member Alexa Markey’s testimonial. Be sure to pass on this opportunity to friends and family who might be interested as well.