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The Work Study Program at North House Folk School is an incentivised program through which folks can earn credit towards taking classes by helping out with less-glamorous but highly valued functions of the school. Work Study is part of the North House Accessibility Program.


Note January 2021: Due to the pandemic, parts of this program are not feasible and on hiatus until it is deemed safe to do so by North House. Please contact the Program Manager if there are any questions.

How it Works

Work Study tasks and sessions align with North House’s needs for daily campus support, weekly operations, annual events, and other special projects. In exchange for hours spent working on campus, participants are compensated with tuition credit that can be used towards coursework tuition or sailing aboard the schooner Hjordis. 

Anyone may sign up for Work Study programs. That said, Work Study is a key strategy for ensuring programs are financially accessible to everyone. Our goal is to attract participants highly interested in North House’s commitment to building community, motivated to work in a community service role, and interested in hands-on learning.

Program participants should be willing and physically capable of completing a wide range of projects. Setting up classrooms, sweeping floors, washing windows, moving tables, cleaning bathrooms, mowing lawns, watering gardens, digging  holes, folding letters and more! Opportunities to share stories, drink coffee, eat pizza, and get to know the North House community can also be anticipated. However, please let us know if you have special circumstances; we may be able to accommodate.

Work Study Varieties

Weekly Drop-in Work Study AKA “Wednesday Work Study” is a 2-hour shift that meets on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm to reset campus for the weeks coming coursework. Bonus 1 hour credit to those who attend three Wednesdays of the same month. Just come down to campus at 1pm Wednesday and we’ll get started!

Extended Session Work Study sessions are a week-long or more in length and go deeper into supporting the daily operations of North House. Apply online at our Work Study page. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates on when applications are open. More information below.

Special Event/Project sessions are recruited through our newsletter and Volunteer List Note: Only specific volunteer positions earn work study tuition.

Requirements

The Work Study Program is an essential piece of the puzzle during a typical week at North House. Accordingly, we ask that all participants make sure they fully understand the requirements and duties associated with the program. These include: 

  • Participating in outdoor, physical and messy work. Lifting and moving heavy objects. Cleaning.
  • Arriving on time, completing assigned projects and asking for direction once tasks are completed or if unsure how to complete a project.
  • Folks under the age of 18 years old will need a parent/guardian with them. 

Compensation Specifics

For each hour of work, Work Study earns an hour of tuition credit worth -$10.65 per hour. The tuition rate for courses varies, but this hourly rate reflects the average tuition rate of $85/day; some courses may cost more and require a student to log more hours of work to fully cover the tuition.

Tuition credit can cover Tuition
can cover Hjørdis rides
is good only for one year from the date of issue
is transferable to other people
  does NOT cover materials fees
does NOT cover items in the store
can NOT be used in combination with other discounts (local, intergenerational, etc.)

 

Registering For Classes/Cancellation Policy

Folks looking to use tuition credit must register in person or by phone. Payment of the materials fee is required upon registration. Tuition Credit will be applied at the time of registration; if a tuition balance remains, it is due at the time of class start.
North House’s cancellation policy applies to tuition credit. If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course. Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the first day of the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund.


 

Extended Session Work Study

Extended Work Study sessions are a week-long or more in length and go deeper into supporting the daily operations of North House. Sessions include logging, coursework, and also a more regimented schedule with required commitment. Each session allows for one to two participants.

Note January 2021: Due to the pandemic, parts of this program are a little different and more socially distant. Work Study is being limited to one participant or duo, and will have to follow our Covid Policies. Please contact the Program Manager if there are any questions.

Selection of Candidates

North House selects candidates and assigns session dates based upon the Work Study Programs goals and structured within the need for campus support. Key amongst these are ensuring program accessibility and supporting ongoing programs. Session assignments will begin on the dates noted. Selection is solely up to the discretion of North House and we reserve the right to make changes to the Work Study program at any time.

Lodging 

Rustic lodging will be provided during your stay. In warmer seasons, Work Study accommodations are provided either in a spartan cottage across the street from campus or a yurt in the Grand Marais Recreation Park, next door to campus. Both locations offer shower facilities and a basic cooking setup. Plan on bringing your own bedding/sleeping bag. 

In the colder seasons, Work Study participants during their assigned sessions are housed at the Hungry Hippy Hostel, 7 miles from campus. Participants will need to have reliable daily transportation to and from campus. The Hostel includes shower and cooking facilities. Plan on bringing your own bedding/sleeping bag.

Some Work Study participants elect to provide their own accommodations during their stay, including nearby forest service campgrounds, other area lodging establishments, or other creative solutions. Feel free to do so if this would better meet your needs. 

Transportation

Unfortunately, there are not very good public transportation options to get to Grand Marais, as it is pretty far from most places. In the warmer season, participants will not need  transportation during their stay, once they arrive. In the colder season, participants will need to have a car to get to and from campus to their lodging outside of town. Visit our Plan Your Trip section on our website for ideas.

Course Work

In conjunction with the tuition credit earned, coursework can be included into the participants schedule with the approval of the Program Manager. This allows participants to earn tuition credit and take a class on the same trip, while lodging is available at no charge. Remember, Work Study earnings only apply to tuition, not materials fees. If the  participant does not take a class during the session then the tuition credit can be used at a later date but lodging will not be provided.

Bring A Friend!

Each session allows for two participants. So if you have a friend that would like to be involved have them apply with you. 

How to apply

Applying for the program is easy on our website. Note that openings in each session are limited.  While applications are welcome at any time, please note deadlines for when assignment of specific sessions will begin (any open dates after these deadlines will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis).

General Schedule

Below is the general structure of a Work Study Week. Times subject to change as campus needs. Here is a more detailed general schedule of duties if you really want the nitty gritty. 

Wenesday 10am — 5pm (1st day)
Thursday 8am — 5pm
Friday 8am — 9am
9am — 5pm in class
Saturday 8am — 9am
9am — 5pm in class
5am — 8pm POTLUCK!
Sunday 8am — 9am
9am — 5pm in class
Monday 8am — 5pm
Tuesday

8am — 5pm

Look like Fun?

Great! Apply for sessions on the main Work Study Page


 

More Information

Specific questions welcome. Please contact Program Manager, Ben Byron at bbyron@northhouse.org or call 218.387.9762.