Posted by: gmelvin | May 10, 2010

Unique to Alaska Bush (esp. Brevig Mission)

Here are a few unique qualities about Brevig Mission and bush Alaska:

  • Food is bought in bulk in Anchorage or Fairbanks, and flown to your village. I’ve heard most teachers buy their food online, and you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get fresh milk. Most teachers go powdered in this case.
  • Prices are outrageous. Check this link out to one of our forum pages: http://bssdonline.org/mod/forum/search.php?search=food&id=1&perpage=10&page=2
  • Thankfully, most of our villages have water.
  • Bering Strait School District (BSSD) has no grade levels (1st, 2nd, etc.) Instead, they go by standards that rely not on the student’s age level, but their academic progress. Their are nine standards. Check this link for additional info: http://wiki.bssd.org/index.php/Stuff_for_new_hires_about_the_model
  • Brevig Mission is a village of 300, with 100 being students. The school is the major and “virtually” the only employer.
  • Brevig Mission is a subsistence village
  • Brevig Mission has about 4 hours daylight (or night) during the most extreme parts of the year. Each day has a nine minute change in sunset and sunrise
  • From what I can tell, the sea is frozen most of the year. In addition, you can only get there by boat or plane (weather permitting)
  • One-of-a-kind adventure

Seriously, I’ll try to get some pictures here later

Greg

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