Food First Food Sovereignty Tours – Goddard Partnership

Food First Food Sovereignty Tours - Goddard Partnership

The Goddard College and Food First Food Sovereignty Tours (FST) partnership combines Food First’s travel study programs to international locations, where participants can experience local food systems and the food sovereignty movement first-hand, with critical reflection and writing.

The educational tours take place over ten-day periods in host countries that include, among other places, Cuba and the Basque region in northern Spain.

Following a Food Sovereignty tour, learners wishing to receive up to 3 undergraduate credits for their tour will enroll in a low-residency undergraduate program at Goddard College. Goddard combines experiential education with radical pedagogy and hosts a number of learning partners, such as Food First, where learners can benefit from hands-on learning in the world.

The Food First-Goddard partnership allows students who complete a 10-day tour as of January, 2016 to earn up to three credits toward a bachelor’s degree at Goddard College. Goddard College will also award a $1,000 Partnership Grant to FST alumni who enroll in an undergraduate program at Goddard College. This grant will be distributed by $500 increments over the course of the first two semesters, thereby reducing the cost of tuition.

FST alumni who completed their tour prior to January, 2016 will also be able to receive academic credit for their travel and learning upon matriculation into Goddard College. Please stay tuned for added information about how transfer credit will be granted for this group of FST alumni.

This partnership covers the following Goddard College undergraduate degrees:

Students interested in learning more about their FST credit transfer opportunities may find out more by contacting admissions.

Contact an admissions counselor today at 800.906.8312 or request more information here.



Individuals currently enrolled as Goddard College undergraduate students may take a FST a) between Goddard semesters while on a leave of absence, or b) in addition to full or part-time study with the advance permission of the Program Director. Between-semester study at other institutions counts toward the total permitted transfer credits and cannot lessen the overall time of required undergraduate enrollment (three semesters).

If you are a currently enrolled Goddard student and interested in a FST, please speak with your faculty advisor and program director.


Nestled in rural Vermont, Goddard is a small, liberal arts, low-residency college recognized for innovation in education. Its mission is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world. Goddard’s theory and practice of learning by undertaking new experiments is based upon John Dewey’s ideals and principles of democracy and progressive education. At Goddard, students are regarded as unique individuals who will take charge of their learning and collaborate with other students, staff, and faculty to build a strong community. Goddard encourages students to become creative, passionate, lifelong learners, working and living with an earnest concern for others and the welfare of the Earth. Goddard offers accredited Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs from its main campus in Plainfield, Vermont, and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington.


Low-residency education offers the best of what distance education, online programs, and traditional campus-learning offer: you will have the flexibility to study from home while also being a part of a living, breathing community of learners, faculty, staff and alumni – the larger community of Goddard College.

The progressive pedagogy at Goddard encourages students to pursue areas of your unique interests that contribute to the global community and the earth through holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to learning.

Contact an admissions counselor today at 800.906.8312 or request more information here.


Food First is a “people’s think tank” dedicated to ending the injustices that cause hunger and helping communities to take back control of their food systems. Food First advances its mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. These work areas are designed to promote informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control our food and to integrate local, national and global efforts. Food First’s work both informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty.

Food Sovereignty Tours offer participants an opportunity to travel to international destinations to experience local food systems and the food sovereignty movement first-hand. Through education tours, travelers learn how they are connected to the global food system and acquire knowledge and strategies to create just, sustainable and healthy food systems at home and in their own communities. With a firm commitment to sustainability and justice, Food Sovereignty Tours connects participants to the farmers, consumers, activists, NGOs, policy-makers and experts working to transform the global food system.