CICD is an independent college, and we fund our operations mainly by running a second hand clothes and shoes collection. We don’t receive government support or grants, so you need to find your own programme. But don't give up - if you have difficulties raising the money at home, you are welcome to apply for a place in our scholarship programme, the Gaia Course (read more below).
The costs of the programme
The enrolment fee is £ 350 for the 5 and 12 months programmes. The short programme "Environmental Activist UK" does not have an enrolment fee if you sign up for 1 month or less. If you join for more than 1 month, the enrolment fee is £ 100. For the new 10 months programme, instead of an enrolment fee you pay 20% of the course fees in advance when you enrol.
For the short programme (2 weeks and longer), the course fees are per month £ 500 or £ 250 for 2 weeks.
For the 5 months programme, the course fees are £ 3,600.
For the 10 months programme, the course fees are £ 2,400
For the 12 months programme, the course fees are £ 3,200.
The course fees for the 3 months programme covers food, accommodation and all programme costs (training, study trips etc).
The course fees for the 10 and 12 months programmes cover the costs for food, accommodation and educational expenses and they are paid at the start of the programme. If you start a programme, but decide to discontinue, you will get a refund of course fees paid according to the agreement in the enrolment documents. The enrolment guarantee cannot be refunded. For the 12 months programme, the course fees also include pocketmoney of £ 30 month during the 6 months in UK.
For the 10 months and 12 months programmes that have a 6 months project period, the travel expenses to Africa or India are covered by a travel grant from Humana People to People. The Humana People to People project also covers the costs for food and pocketmoney during your time at the project, and arranges the accommodation for you and your Trio.
For the 5 months Climate Activist programme the course fees cover the entire budget - also your travel to the project and your food while in India.
The Gaia Scholarship Programme
The Gaia scholarship programme is for you who have “a big heart and a small purse”. It is available for the 5 months Climate Activist teams and for the 12 months Poverty Activist teams, but not for the new 10 months programme. During the Gaia team you can raise a scholarship to cover the course fees, including your food and accommodation during the period. The Gaia team is based at CICD and has a programme consisting of practical tasks - mostly in connection with our clothes and shoes recycling project - and studies of environmental subjects.