GAP YEAR FELLOWSHIP
Facts, Figures, and Frequently Asked Questions
What are the start and end dates of the Fellowship?
The Fellowship will begin June 13 and end July 13 of the following year. It is very important that Fellows be able to commit to the full period of the Fellowship because the overlap period of incoming and outgoing Fellows is critical to the continuity of programs.
Is there an option to do a two year Fellowship?
The Fellowship is primarily designed as a 1 year (13 month) experience, but interested Fellows may be selected to pursue a 2 year (25 month) option. Fellows pursuing this option will take on greater responsibility and a larger leadership role during their second year. Two year Fellows should also develop a project (research, program development, or other) that can be completed or implemented during their second year. Please indicate any interest in the two year option on your application.
How many Horseshoe Farm Fellows will be accepted each year?
We will be accepting between 10-12 Fellows this year. We may expand class sizes in future years.
Is there risk to Fellows of living on the same campus as elderly residents or residents with mental disabilities?
The safety of Fellows will be a high priority. Dr. Dorsey will be screening all prospective residents, and one standard he will use for screening residents is whether he would feel comfortable and safe with residents living near him or in a hypothetical sense, near his own children or family members. Fellows will be living together in a separate area of the campus from residents. The campus layout is designed to give Fellows their own separate living area on the campus to provide them a retreat from their work and from residents. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Dorsey.
Will there be time to complete medical school/graduate school/job applications and to attend interviews?
We understand that during the Fellowship, most Fellows will be applying for medical school, graduate school, jobs, or other opportunities. Though the Fellowship will be fairly intensive, there should be enough flexibility and time to allow you to complete applications and attend interviews. Birmingham has a convenient airport that is approximately 1.5 hours by car from Greensboro, and it has reasonable connections to most major airports.
Do Fellows have vacation time?
Fellows work together as a team, and as a team provide coverage for one another for occasional time away. In the past, Fellowship teams have arranged for each Fellow to take time away either over the Thanksgiving or the Christmas Holiday, for interviews, and for an occasional long weekend or brief trip. Because community involvement and engagement is so central to the successful function of the organization and such an important part of Fellow’s educational experience, we believe it is very important that Fellows make a commitment to investing in and being present in the community as much as possible throughout the year.
Is Healthcare Insurance Provided during the Fellowship?
Project Horseshoe Farm does not provide health insurance. If you are under 26, you may be able to stay on your parents’ health plan (please check with the plan). Alternatively, some Fellows have opted to purchase individual insurance through Blue Cross of Alabama (https://www.bcbsal.org/index.cfm), which offers reasonably priced plans that start at approximately $100/month.
What will I need to bring?
You shouldn’t have to bring much but because Hale County is a rural area without access to public transportation, Fellows will need to bring their own cars. Fellow housing is furnished. The kitchen has dishes, pots, pans, utensils, and basic appliances. Bedrooms have twin sized beds and mattresses, and each bedroom has an entire wall devoted to built in shelving that should provide plenty of storage space for clothes and other personal items. In addition to clothes, Fellows do need to bring their own sheets, blankets, comforters, and towels. You are welcome to bring small personal items such as rugs, pictures, lamps, etc. to make your room feel like home. Fellows have easy access to several washers and dryers. Feel free to contact current Fellows regarding any other specifics.
What clothes should I bring?
While working, Fellows should be neatly dressed in business casual attire. Summers in the South are generally very hot and humid. Winters tend to be relatively mild with average high temperatures in the 50’s. Winter temperatures can vary considerably though and daytime highs can drop below freezing on occasion with nighttime lows sometimes dipping into the 20’s.
Do I need to have a driver’s license and a car?
Because transportation is central to many components of the Fellowship, Fellows do need to have an active driver’s license prior to arriving at Horseshoe Farm. Horseshoe Farm does have automobiles that can be used for organization business and activities, but because Hale County is a rural area without access to public transportation, each Fellow will need to bring their own car for their personal use.
Can I bring a pet?
We are animal lovers, but unfortunately because we already have multiple pet dogs at the Farm (several of whom can be jealous of other animals) and because we do not allow pets inside of Fellow housing, we cannot allow Fellows to bring additional pets.
How do Fellows spend their time?
Fellows should expect to work very hard, be challenged, and learn a lot. Based on experience from past years, Fellows spend approximately 15% of their time (usually 1 day per week) serving in the housing program, approximately 30% of their time serving in and managing adult day programs and outreach programs, approximately 30% of their time on youth and after school programs, approximately 5-10% of their time on administrative functions, and approximately 10% of their time on shadowing activities, community outreach and engagement activities, activities related to health systems, and activities tailored to Fellows’ specific interests.
Fellows participate in daily team meetings with Horseshoe Farm staff members and get together with Dr. Dorsey for weekly discussion seminars and movies covering assigned readings that help Fellows reflect on and gain a broader understanding of their work at Horseshoe Farm.
Fellows work hard, but they also find time for fun and socializing with community members and other young adults working with other organizations in the community.
Below is a sample of a Fellow’s typical schedule.
*Fellows typically spend one day a week at the Housing Program, which will occasionally occur on a Saturday or Sunday.
** Community outreach comprises of home visits, meal deliveries, activities, and outings with vulnerable community members.
*** Community engagement involves Fellows’ participation in other aspects of the Greensboro community for the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows in the past have volunteered at various locations and organizations including local catfish farms, animal shelter, the local civil rights museum, library, hospice, and hospital.