How does it work to be an international Kamana student?
The Kamana program can be done anywhere in the world. In fact, we have hundreds of International Kamana students from at least 19 different countries and several of whom are Kamana Four Graduates. You will need to modify certain aspects of the program to your local area. Fortunately, all parts of the Awareness Trail are easily transferable. You will, however, need to adjust things in the Resource Trail.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Find field guides/resources that will give you the tools to research the flora and fauna in your area
- Figure out what flora and fauna are comparable to the ones we recommend studying.
There are many ways to find field guides/resources so that you can journal species and hazards of your bio-region. Here are a few ideas:
- Go to your local library and search for “Field Guides”
- Go to a local bookstore and research the “Nature Section”; Often the more regional the field guide the better
- Go to the closest University bookstore. You can also contact professors who teach Biology or Environmental Studies
- Google it! Amazon.com also has lots of resources that are helpful
- Go to a local nature center, look through their library, and talk to their naturalists
- Here is a list of resources for several different countries
We provide a recommended species list with each Kamana level. In Kamana 2, you journal species that are found across a wide range of habitats. An example is the plant dandelion and the bird robin. These species are found all across North America. What species are most common in your country? If you can, follow the same format that we use: Journal 10 species from each of the 6 shields (Hazards, Mammals, Plants, Ecological Indicators, Trees and Shrubs, and Birds). Again, what is most common and what can be considered equivalent?
For Kamana 3 you will journal species more specific to your bio-region. In Kamana 4 you’ll make a Master List of all species within 100 miles of your Sit Spot.
If you live in an area where there is shield that is lacking in species (For Example: New Zealand does not have many mammals), you are welcome to substitute something else (For Example: In New Zealand you could substitute marine life instead of land mammals).
International Student Services
Student Services support is available to international students too! When you sign up, if we see you live outside of North America you’ll be paired with one of our European Kamana responders. For non-English speakers it is usually possible to do most of your work in your language, if it’s a language our multilingual instructor will understand, as long as you are comfortable making sense of English language course materials and responses through our U.S. based office. For questions or clarifications, email firstname.lastname@example.org.