Student Host & Work Study

Two excellent opportunities for people to learn, volunteer, and participate in the Folk School community for an extended period.

A student host making announcements at mealtime

Student Host 

Student Hosts hold a unique, key role at the Folk School for several months. They develop relationships with and often act as a link between staff, students, and instructors. Serving as ambassadors, Hosts help students feel welcomed and comfortable as they adjust to the housing, dining, studio, and community experience at the Folk School. They are responsible for: welcoming groups at orientation, setting up tables/chairs for events, giving announcements and serving at mealtimes, opening and closing duties in Keith House, and serving as after-hours contact who assists students and instructors on a variety of needs when staff are away. Student Hosts have a private room and share common spaces with their co-host. Hosts have the opportunity to take classes every week. The role is well suited for someone comfortable balancing daily work commitments while also engaging in the experience of being a student and community member. 

Host sessions for 2023 are currently full. Please reach out to with questions.

Work Study students in the garden

Work Study Program

The Work Study program offers a unique opportunity to learn, volunteer, and participate in the Folk School community for an extended period. Sessions last 6-8 weeks. Most participants spend work weeks contributing primarily on garden and grounds projects with occasional support given to the dining hall, programs, and events. Participants spend half their session weeks taking classes and half working in service of the Folk School. Work Study students have roommates and share a house with up to 10 session participants. Locally based participants may choose to reside in their home and commute. There are many ways Work Study students immerse themselves in the community through dances, concerts, Brasstown carving, demos, and other social gatherings. 

Applications for July-Dec 2023 Work Study sessions will be open from February 20 through March 20, 2023. The application will be available on Slideroom.

Apply on Slideroom

Locate & Contact

Please contact the Special Programs Manager for more information.

The John C. Campbell Folk School

Special Programs Manager

Ellen O’Brien

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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