Global Academic Link (GAL)

The Mission of Global Academic Link (GAL) at Multicultural BRIDGE is a collaborative venture that facilitates and promotes internships, volunteer work locally and internationally. We support students and young professionals in gaining valuable job skills and experiences in a variety of fields throughout the year.

-Cultivate relationships with non-profits and other organizations for interns.

-Teaching conversational English and French

-Internship profiles may be requested and are also posted on the web


Global Academic Link also supports and advises international students who want to study in the United States.

-Personal Service (1:1) Advising and processing documents for application to undergraduate study.

-Provide assistance in finding a Host Family to live with while pursuing studies.

-Academic settings to learn English for credit.

-Airport pick-up, if needed.


-Candidates are high school, college and emerging professionals who want to study in the U.S.

-Participate in Bridge Training (up to 20 hours)

- International Medical Insurance

-Room, travel and board at own expense

Global Academic Link fees include:

-Processing Paperwork

-Search for room and/or host family.

-Search for organizations for internships.

-Support and advice as needed.

-Candidate have to be proficient in English

American Consulate gives information on long and short terms internships


Art Administration Intern

posted May 19, 2014, 9:28 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant

Teaching Assistant Intern Program—

for students ages 17 and above who are considering an art education career, have previous work experience, and previous experience working with children. Two to eight week internships are available. Interns will assist students and teachers in IS183’s summer camp classrooms, set up student art shows, and gain office experience.  Teaching Assistant Interns will receive a $100 weekly stipend and have the opportunity to audit one evening or weekend adult class. Interns who are interested in administrative work at a non-profit organization can gain extended time working in IS183’s office.

Teaching Intern Program—

for college students and graduates who are interested in teaching the arts but have no prior experience or education degree. During this eight week program interns will gain experience in teaching by assisting and observing in IS183’s youth summer camps, attending weekly classes, participating in a seminar series, reflecting on their experiences, and talking with faculty, students, and peers about their teaching and learning experiences. Teaching Interns will gain experience in classroom management, lesson planning, curriculum development, and effective teaching strategies. All Teaching Interns have the opportunity to audit one evening or weekend adult class.

Further detail on the summer internship program and application information is available at, or by contacting Lucie Castaldo, Coordinator of Curriculum Development, at

Agricultural Internship: Talus Wood Farm

posted May 19, 2014, 9:05 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant

Internship Program 2014

We are offering 4 week and 8 week internship sessions for 2014 summer season. There are also options to start before the summer holidays. We welcome interns from both the US and Abroad. We have special skills in teaching English as a second language.

We are looking for motivated and interested interns to work alongside us this summer. Please have a willingness to do hard physical labour with a cheerful attitude and gain some skills that you'd never thought to attain. Come and enjoy our peaceful surroundings and wild areas and have some fun.

Our projects this summer include:

·         Building: out buildings, conservatory/glass house space, small poly tunnel & large tunnel, root cellar & sugar house.

In our building work we aim to use as much of the natural materials from the farm. Wood will be sourced from our woods and milled on our own saw mill. Other materials will be sourced from local recycling centers. We strive to make both functional and aesthetically pleasing structures that fit within the landscape and also are in keeping with our ethos of hand-crafting.

·         Growing: Organic vegetables, fruits, herbs both culinary and medicinal. Wildcrafting woodland herbs and mushroom cultivation.

Our field space is small so we strive to fit a lot into a small amount of space, using the principles of Permaculture, Biodynamics and Organic practices. We are also beginning to integrate more Agroforesty practices into our farm, using the woodland areas for growing and cultivating crops. We have a small mixed flock of chickens and guinea fowl.

·         Crafting: Herbal Skin Care Products, Baskets, Wood Crafts & Landscaping structures,

We make handmade and locally grown herbal skin care products. This includes the growing of the herbs, picking, drying and making the herbal products. We also make crafts like handmade baskets, bird houses, spoons, etc. We are also in the process of creating outdoor structures, like stonewalls, arbours, fences & trellises out of the materials that surround us. We will continue to develop new areas of cultivation, as well as maintaining forest paths and logging trails, hedgerows and garden beds.

What can you hope learn from your experience with us:

·         The fundamentals of Organic growing: composting, mulching, soil development, companion planting, natural pest control, etc.

·         Skills in keeping poultry, including the use of herbs and homeopathy for healthcare.

·         Wood craft & basketry, with a focus on hand tools and handwork

·         Gain more confidence in hand tools such as axes, hatches, pitch forks, scythes, wheel hoes, pruning saws, etc.

·         Learning to use complex machinery (depending on skill and experience): tractor, saw mill, chain saw, log splitter, etc

·         Systems Design and Thinking

·         Agroforestry – sustainable forest use

·         Experience off-grid, low input/impact living

About us:

From the slopes of Sugar Loaf on the edge of Mt Greylock, we are slowly creating a farm. Our focus is on small scale production of herbs, fruit and vegetables, while incorporating the bounty of the woodland through using Agroforestry techniques to sustainably harvest and wild-craft other food and medicinal crops.

The farm is 73 Acres, of which three will be cultivated intensively, along with extensive wild-crafting of herbs and fruit in the remaining woodland. The house and out buildings are completely off-grid, we use solar energy for electricity.

Mari and Nathan have been living here since 2007, after building a little "fairy cottage" which we all refer to as Moon Cottage. They bought the land in 2001 and have since been devoted to creating a haven for all kinds of native plants, insect and animal species.

Dylan and WindRose have recently moved over from the UK. Where they were farming on the coast of Cornwall. Since arriving they have been a moving force to get more crops of vegetables, fruit, herbs and some livestock on the land. So all told we are a group of people, cats, dog, chickens, guineas and some bees thriving amongst the green and lush trees.

Our first crop we harvested was a gorgeous bounty of ramps... wild garlic. A delicacy round these parts. In 2013 we were happy to be supplying Guido's Market and Wild Oats.

This year our harvests to date have been Maple Water, Maple syrup and soon ramps. We have mushroom logs all ready to go and more field areas in preparation for mixed vegetables. Last year we doubled the number of fruit trees and we are waiting a new order to arrive any day now.

To apply please submit your resume, cover letter and portfolio to elctronically and mail hard copy to Global Academic Link/Multicultural BRIDGE 17 Main St. Suite 2 Lee, MA 01230. 413-394-4029.  Pauline Dongala, Coordinator. Gwendolyn VanSant, Executive Director.

Integrating Technology in Non-profits internship

posted May 19, 2014, 9:03 AM by Jv Hampton-VanSant

Intern at a Grassroots Diversity & Inclusion Non-Profit (Multicultural BRIDGE)

If you were going to change the community with the greatest impact, i.e. Transformation, how would you do it? How would you address all three generations and infrastructure?

“True learning is the ability to decide upon change and then follow through with clear mind and steady purpose. True learning is the ability to take action” Richard Heckler-Strozzi

Multicultural BRIDGE offers a comprehensive, unique & customized approach. Bridging cultural norms & contexts.

A resource to both institutions and individuals the mission of BRIDGE is to serve as a catalyst to promote understanding and acceptance among diverse groups, through collaboration, education, training, dialogue, fellowship, advocacy and celebration."   


Intern to help us develop a digital archive of all of our two years of On the Bridge articles & blogs and our website. Our ideal candidate is someone who is an enthusiastic team player. Someone that loves community and doing work that has a direct impact on community and individuals. Someone that is positive and appreciates diversity. Someone who is self-motivated and willing to learn.

What You Will Learn:

·         How to create an effective digital archive of information, photographs, and literature

·         How to maintain an effective blog and possibly how to write an effective article or blog entry.

·         How to handle basic Information Technology, including website management & design, requirements in an office setting.

·         Much more – you will work closely with JV Hampton-VanSant, our current IT and Media manager, and Kate Abbott, Editor with the Berkshire Weeks section of the Berkshire Eagle.


What We Require:

·         Basic knowledge of word processing software. Preferably proficient in Google Drive, but Google App training can be made available by BRIDGE.

·         Highly organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.

·         Responsible and good communication skills.

·         Creative – not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker.

·         Love for positive social change.

·         Transportation between BRIDGE Office (Lee), BRIDGE Engagement office (Muddy Brook Elementary in Great Barrington) and The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield)

If this sounds interesting we want to hear from you.

To apply please submit your resume, cover letter and portfolio to elctronically and mail hard copy to Global Academic Link/Multicultural BRIDGE 17 Main St. Suite 2 Lee, MA 01230. 413-394-4029.  Pauline Dongala, Coordinator. Gwendolyn VanSant, Executive Director.

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