Work, Volunteer and Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO)

Thanks for your interest in exploring your community through work, volunteer, and extended learning opportunities. Check out the following opportunities:

Work/ELO - Lifeguard Training

We will be hosting a lifeguard pre-certification course (CPR included) for

students in December. It is being run by the Waterbury recreation

Department. Please see their website for course description

( They will also be running a full

certification class here starting in January and another one I believe in

March/April. And I believe they plan to host another pre-certification

course prior to the latter dates as well. The pre-certification course is a

great way to see if they have the skills needed to do a full certification.

We would like to see if we can promote this through our local schools and to

see if the schools would consider offering PE credit for the courses.

Please feel free to reach out to myself or to Deb Fowler, Waterbury

Recreation Department Director and Lifeguard trainer at

Thank you for your time.


First in Fitness -

Work: Are you a responsible MHS senior who might be willing, able and interested in housesitting the night of Thanksgiving and the night after - 11/23 and 11/24. The home is in Montpelier. Please see Matt McLane for more info.


Washington County Transition Fair: A fair for students and their families showcasing resources available to support students as they approach graduation and beyond. Thursday, November 16th, 3:30-7pm Spaulding High School Gymnasium. Questions? Email

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


Experience a new world and expand your horizons – Study abroad in High School. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give you the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills.

Several US Department of State study abroad scholarships are now open for applications. No prior language learning is necessary. Please spread the word widely. Please also let me ( know if you would like hardcopy brochures and posters.

The NATIONAL SECURITY LANGUAGE INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH (NSLI-Y) is part of a multi-agency U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to better engage with the world through language. NSLI-Y offers full scholarships to high school students to live abroad with a host family while pursuing intensive language study of Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish. Previous language study is not required.

2018-19 Application: Opens August 25, 2017 - Closes November 2, 2017

Scholarships Available: Approximately 670

Visit to learn more.

The KENNEDY-LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE AND STUDY ABROAD (YES ABROAD) was launched in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to advance mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. YES Abroad provides full scholarships to American students (ages 15-18) to live with a host family and study in local high schools for one academic year in countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Balkans.

2018-19 Application: Opens September 5, 2017 - Closes December 5, 2017

Scholarships Available: 65

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Initiated in 1983, the CONGRESS BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM(CBYX) was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States. CBYX offers full scholarships for high school students (ages 15-18), vocational studies graduates (age 18), and young professionals (undergrads ages 18-24). Students spend an academic year in Germany living with a host family and attending a German high school or participating in practical internships (Vocational and young professional students).

2018-19 Application: Opens September 5, 2017 - Closes December 11, 2017

Scholarships Available: 250

Visit to learn more.

Please let your networks know and thanks for your help!


Linda Beach

Youth Programs Division

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

U.S. Department of State

Letters about Literature is a national writing competition sponsored by the Library of Congress. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.

Students will submit their letters to the Library of Congress for an initial screening, and the letters of final candidates will be forwarded to the Vermont Department of Libraries. A team of Vermont literacy experts will select Vermont winners; these winners will be honored at a ceremony at the State House in the spring. Student winners will receive cash prizes. The deadline to submit entries is December 9, 2017.

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards- The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

  • be in grades 5-12 as of November 7
  • be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
  • have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
  • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 7.

Summer (and ongoing) Internship Opportunities with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Click here for more information.


Vermont Technical College - Coder Camp for Girls (Summer 2018)- designed to give girls entering 8th– 10th grades (fall 2018) the chance to bring their creativity; experience making a program of their own creation, gain programming skills, take field trips to local innovative software development companies, hear about exciting career opportunities, build leadership skills through team building exercises, and enjoy some good old fashioned fun too! Thanks to the generous support from the Vermont Women’s Fund – we are able to offer several full scholarships! Contact: Elissa Lee –

ELO: What’s the Story? The Vermont Young People Social Action Team: an experiential and digital storytelling course for middle and high school learners. WtS is a remarkable flexible pathway open to Vermont middle and high school students, made possible by Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. This credit-bearing, free, and innovative learning experience provides students with the tools, resources, and expertise they need to pursue their questions, collaborate in multi-age teams, and take informed actions that make a positive contribution to their communities.

ELO- Governor's Institute of Vermont- Winter Weekends

February 9, 2018 – February 11, 2018

February 23, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Goddard College

Plainfield, Vermont


Volunteer Opportunity:

About Text Less, Live More: Through a student-led, national campaign TextLessLive More, funded by Merritt’s Way, we endeavor to eradicate and raise awareness to the dangers of distracted driving through social media and technology. Ultimately through legislation, Merritt’s Way aims to end the deadly combination of getting behind the wheel and texting and/or streaming.

Opportunities include:

  • Serving as an MHS student leader to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving
  • Organizing events at MHS to increase awareness about distracted driving
  • Serving as a student representative on the board of TLLM, a national 501-C3
  • Spreading the word about JoyRyde, an app that locks the driver’s screen for the time period they choose and rewards the participants for each mile they drive phone-free
  • Serving as VT student ambassador for TLLM; attending VT Highway Safety Council meetings and participating in the UVM txt ul8r program
  • Helping to keep the content of TLLM’s website current

Please note that any amount of involvement is encouraged and appreciated! If you are interested, please contact Beth Bingham at

Volunteer Opportunity:

Volunteer with the Montpelier Recreation Department

Help make large scale rod puppets for All Species Day (May 6, 2018)! You’ll be working with instructor Janice Walrafen to guide a class of ten students (ages 7 to 15) as they create these magical creatures for the All Species Day parade! We are looking for one to three high school volunteers to help lead this class Thursday afternoons; 3:15 to 5:15at the Montpelier Recreation Center. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for anyone interested in arts (you’ll be working with carboard and wire models, papier-mache, paints, and fabric), education, or community service; in addition, you’ll be able to see the finished project in front of the whole community!

Anyone interested can contact the Community Services Department Resource Development VISTA by calling (802) 225-8694 or emailing

ELO: Med Quest 2018: Health Careers Exploration Program

For 10th grade students from Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties:

Sunday, June 24 through Friday, June 29, 2018

at Johnson State College, (JSC) Johnson, VT.

ELO: Champlain College's Young Writers' Conference 5/25-28, 2018

ELO: Champlain Game Academy and Advanced Game Academy

Champlain Game Academy

Session One: July 9 - July 20, 2018

Session Two: July 23 - August 3, 2018

Advanced Game Academy

Session One: July 23 - August 3, 2018

ELO (Spring 2018): The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops

ELO (Ongoing): Village Harmony

Volunteer Opportunity for Summer 2018: Camp Daybreak

Volunteer Opportunity (Ongoing): Central Vermont Humane Society

Volunteer Opportunity (Ongoing): Heaton Woods

Volunteer Opportunity (Ongoing): Westview Meadows and The Gary Home

Volunteer Opportunity (Ongoing): Central Vermont Medical Center

ELO: UVM Summer Academy 2018

Complete program dates: July 8 – August 3, 2018

On Campus dates: July 8 – July 19, 2018

Online dates: July 21 – August 3, 201