All the Details!:
Enrolment: We have an 5 week minimum stay. The first 2 weeks of this time is a trial period, during which either party is allowed to terminate the apprenticeship. There is no maximum length of stay, but apprentices must request, and be approved for, an additional length of stay beyond the minimum.
Weekly Schedule of Work and Learning: Apprentices work on Koviashuvik projects 5 days a week. We work hard and request the same of our apprentices. However, a Koviashuvik apprenticeship is, at its core, an educational experience. Apprentices attend all Koviashuvik classes free-of-charge and have ample opportunity to persue personal craft projects and practice skills. Wednesday afternoons are set aside for cleaning and maintenance around the apprentice lodge. Friday afternoons and weekends are off.
Community Meeting: On Wednesday night there is always a community potluck supper. On this night we review the week, share how we are feeling, address concerns and issues, and make plans for the upcoming week.
Character Expectations: Above all, we expect apprentices to have a desire to learn, and to be willing and positive members of the community. We expect apprentices to be self motivated, thorough in their work, and meticulous in their clean up and care of tools.
Koviashuvik Classes: Apprentices attend all Koviashuvik classes free-of-charge. Apprentices are required to help with class preparation, cooking and clean up.
Social Contact: Apprentices are involved with all classes and work with us on most days. However, apprentices do live alone and need to be a self-sufficient social unit. Koviashuvik is located 9 miles from town and social interaction is limited. If you get lonely and do not do well living by yourself, you should consider apprenticing with a partner or friend, or making sure there will be other apprentices at Koviashuvik during your stay.
Costs: Apprentices are responsible for their own living expenses and any project materials that must be bought.
Drugs and Alcohol: We have a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alchohol on the Koviashuvik campus. Drugs and drinking, are forbidden for the duration of the apprenticeship and are grounds for immediate dismissal without refund.
Smoking: Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas and we require all butts to be disposed of safely in the provided sand bins. Smoking is not allowed in buildings.
Personal Image: Koviashuvik accepts personal expression through dress and body adornment. In addition, we feel that we represent a lifestyle and way of being that deserves respect. While you are an intern at Koviashuvik, please be aware that you represent the school and lifestyle to our local community and to the larger world. We expect apprentices to be clean and well kept, both at the school and off our land.
Good Housekeeping: Keeping a clean living space is one of the most important first steps in any simple life endeavor. We will hold apprentices to a high standard of quality in this regard, as it would be doing you a disservice not to. In addition, Koviashuvik is a public-access property. Curious neighbors and visiting strangers may wander in at any moment, and we want to represent the best that this lifestyle has to offer.
Transportation: Farmington is 9 miles away. There is some opportunity to carpool when we go to do errands. If you are without a car, we strongly recommend bringing a bike. Past apprentices have also had good luck hitchhiking to town!
Car Parking: Apprentice cars are parked in the school parking area, approximately ¼ mile from the school center.
Outhouse: Apprentices use the school’s public composting toilet and are responsible for keeping it clean and neat.
Electricity: Apprentices can usually charge cell phones, laptops, headlight batteries, etc., from the greenhouse photovoltaic system. Occasionally you'll have to wait for the sun to come out again!
Phone/Internet/Library: There is no cell reception here! Depending on your carrier, service starts between one and five miles down the road. There is a landline phone available inthe classroom. Internet is available at the public library in Farmington. Apprentices may also borrow books from the Farmington library using a Koviashuvik library card, provided they agree to cover the cost of late fees and lost/damaged books.
Music: Human-created music is always welcome! To hold the space for all involved in the community, please do not play recorded music on speakers.
Pets: No pets, please.
Service Animals: Always welcome but please contact us ahead-of-time to discuss details.
Use of Koviashuvik Tools and Equipment: Apprentices are expected to care for any of Koviashuvik’s tools and equipment that are used, and to repair or replace, at our discretion, damage caused by aprentice misuse or inattention.