The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world with over 40,000 plant species and 2.5 million insect species! Also, there is said to be over 3,000 edible fruit species. Many indigenous communities have recipes for preparing fish, meat, beverages, fruits, and starches that were passed down through generations.
Many farming families, organizations, and community associations are working hard to re-value and preserve traditional Amazonian dishes while also adding a modern, culinary flare to the food. In this internship, interns learn about the endless amount of edible species that exist in the Amazon [including insects, fruits, herbs, and spices] and how these products can support local economies in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.
Internships begin with an orientation in the city of Tena. After, interns spend the first few weeks getting to know their host family and internship placements. Depending on the needs of the placement, potential internship activities include:
Interns live with host families, allowing them to forge meaningful connections with locals during their time in the Amazon. Most host families live in rural communities close to the forest, and many have their own agroforestry farms and invite interns to join them when they plant, weed, and harvest Some of the amazing products you will get to learn about and experiment with include ishpingo (Amazonian cinnamon), ajo de monte (wild garlic), sacha inchik (Amazonian wild peanut), chontacuro (grub), chonta (a palm fruit), and locally-grown tumeric and ginger,
An average day for a forest foods and culinary arts intern looks like:
***NOTE: Schedules can differ based on the intern’s placement and projects interns collaborate on. The following sample schedule is based off of past interns’ experiences.***
Interns need to bring extra spending money for their transportation, meals not eaten with the family, and activities and travel outside of the program. The cost of living and transportation costs are explained in more detail in the intern manual provided to incoming participants to help them calculate how much extra money they should bring.
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world with over 40,000 plant species and 2.5 million insect species! Also, there is said to be over 3,000 edible fruit species. Many indigenous communities have recipes for…
***NOTE: Specific projects change throughout the year depending on the needs of our partner organizations. The projects interns work on during their internships are based on the organization’s’ immediate needs and workflow.***
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, and placement dates can be flexible except for in the Summer. We require a minimum of 4 weeks and recommend 8 to 12 weeks which is what most interns opt for (flexible for a minimum of 2 weeks depending on intern’s qualifications).
Please send your resume, a short cover letter, and answers to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The best airport to fly into is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Interns need to arrive to Quito no later than the night before their orientation begins. Quito is only 4 hours from Tena, the main city in the Napo Province. On the morning of orientation, a staff member schedules a taxi to pick interns up and bring them to Tena for training; they just have to pay the driver upon arrival.
Interns stay in Tena during orientation, and the cost of the accommodation is provided. The rest of the program is spent living with a local host family. This is an amazing opportunity to immerse in the local community, learn about the culture, and practice Spanish. Host families provide 3 meals per day, bedding, and a place to do laundry.
We recommend that interns commit to 8-week internships and have an intermediate level of Spanish proficiency. Interns are expected to finance their own travel costs (international and while in Ecuador).
Other requirements include:
$250 per week
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, and placement dates can be flexible except for in the Summer. We require a minimum of 4 weeks and recommend 8 to 12 weeks which is what…