Place-Based Environmental Education

Displacements are not just happening abroad, but also here within our borders as people are forced to flee their homes from the increasing frequency and intensity of fires, flooding, storms, and environmental contamination. Unfortunately, these and other environmental impacts are often felt disproportionally by people of color and the refugee and immigrant communities we serve.

World Relief Seattle is working to address these disparities right here in Kent, WA. We believe that one of the best places to start creating lasting, positive change often begins with the next generation. Therefore, we created paid internship opportunities that empower local refugee and immigrant youth in the Kent School District. These internships present students with opportunities to learn about local environmental solutions, becoming advocates for their community and educating the next generation.




Equity & Sustainability Internship

Our three World Relief Seattle Equity & Sustainability Interns collaborate to refine an integrated 5-week environmental curriculum. The lessons are modeled around concepts encountered at Hillside Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden. They cover topics ranging from rain water harvesting to plant biology. The interns then pilot these lessons by teaching them at World Relief Seattle’s Refugee Youth Summer Camp - a month-long language and STEM learning opportunity for refugee youth in grades K-8th. This multi-generational process challenges students to think systematically about environmental issues and the solutions that exist within their own communities.   


Does this sound interesting to you? Check out the program description at the bottom of the page more information and follow this link to apply for the 2021 Equity & Sustainability Internship.


Project Manager Internship

Students often learn best from near-peers and those with similar life experiences. For this reason, we are proud to be offering a 12-month long Project Manager Internship April 2021 - April 2022. This internship will equip a late high school or early college-aged student of refugee or immigrant experience to mentor our Equity & Sustainability Interns and become a local advocate for positive change in their community.


Does this sound up your alley or do you know someone would be a perfect fit for our internship? Check out the position description at the bottom of the page and this link for the application.


Email Lucas McClish at  with any questions or for more information about our programs.