Housing: Part of the “co-curriculum” of the Gordon IN Boston program is to help students experience the transition in their lives from the world of campus community to the world of work and professional community. To help with that process, students are housed in various houses or apartments across the city of Boston. Each apartment also houses a resident assistant (usually a graduate student or working Gordon alumnus) whose responsibility is to help that group of students manage their living/learning experience. The RA’s responsibility will be to develop an intentional Christian community—creating together an environment that cares for the individual while also holding one another accountable for wise and temperate behavior; for care of the physical facility; for engagement of the local neighborhood; and for meeting together regularly in prayer, devotion and honest communication. Every “house” develops its own flavor and commitments, making this a very unique experience for students. In addition to having common curriculum options, all students meet together on Thursdays regularly for breakfast, class, worship, fellowship, and community engagement. See weekly schedule here.
Food: Each house will decide how meals and food purchases will happen and how to spend the weekly budget for common meals. Normally, the group will eat two common meals together each week, or may decide to eat at a local resturant on a regular basis. Students are billed ONLY for the cost of common meals ($590/semester). Individual students will have financial responsibility for the purchase of their other daily food choices—allowing broad latitude for food allergies and personal preferences. (NOTE: Students whose meal plan is covered by loans and grants may be billed for the full meal allowance ($1,590) and have $1,000 "refunded" to be spent on personal food for the semester.)
Houses may choose to fast together on certain days and give that portion of the food budget to a local charity. Some have intentionally used the food budget to invite neighbors and friends to the table, or to serve at a local food program for the homeless.
Transportation: As a part of the cost of the program, all participants are given monthly passes for the public transportation system known as the MBTA—or “T” for short. These T-passes cover all transportation needs within a broad area of greater Boston and include subway, busses and water taxis—helping students get to internships and courses in the city. Except in extraordinary situations, students are prohibited from having personal cars. Van transportation to the main Gordon campus in Wenham, MA (20-minute drive) may be coordinated for students whose schedules may require them to take a course there.
Personal Care: The cost of the program also includes a membership to a local gym or YMCA facility. In addition, students in the program have access to the physical and mental health systems of the main campus for medical evaluation, counseling or other health issues. Transportation to the main campus will be arranged if needed.
GIB Handbook, Sp 2014 (DOCX)
Handbook for Gordon IN Boston