Students will have private bedrooms in an apartment or dorm setting with common spaces (kitchen, living room, bathrooms) shared between two or more students. Furniture and linens for the beds will be provided, as will all dishes/cook wares and cleaning supplies. Wi-fi is available, and the housing is near community bus lines.
Dinners will be a combination of meals cooked by students in teams of 2 or 3 on a rotating basis on most class nights, a weekly meal out at a local establishment, and whatever the students choose to arrange for non-class nights. All meals will minimally include a protein and fruit/vegetable. Students will pack their own lunch to bring to class each day. Refrigerators are present at student housing, but not at the class site, so plan to bring a lunch box with cooler packs, if necessary. Groceries for lunch and dinner for the entire week will be provided at the project’s expense. Students should plan on providing their own breakfast foods. The project van will make weekly trips to the grocery store so that students can acquire groceries for both.
Vegetarian and lactose-free diets can be easily accommodated, as can many food allergies. The project will do its best to accommodate other dietary needs within reason. Very specialized diets should be discussed with the PI prior to the start of the project to determine the ability to accommodate and make alternate meal plans, if necessary. Some specialized dietary products do not fall within the project budget, so it is important to discuss those needs before the start of field school with your director.
Students are required to clean their personal and shared spaces on a regular schedule. In addition to cooking teams, each night there will be a separate cleaning team to do dishes and clean up the kitchen after meals. All kitchen surfaces should be cleaned with disinfectant prior to and after preparing food. Masks and gloves will be provided for food prep, and a food-safety orientation will be provided before the first cooking session.
Laundry facilities are likely to be on-site and free of charge. If this is not the case, the project will arrange a weekly trip to the local laundromat.