Permaculture Design Internship

Hours per week

35 hours per week

Published

09/19/2018

Application Deadline

10/15/2018

Start Date

01/01/2019

End Date

04/30/2019

Address

Kasana
Luwero
Uganda

Description

Internships with Shanti Uganda

The Shanti Uganda Society is seeking interns to fill upcoming positions in Kasana, Uganda. Shanti Uganda is a registered Canadian charity and Ugandan NGO that improves infant and maternal health throughout Uganda.


Winter Internship Dates – Jan 1 – April 30*

Summer Internship Dates – May 1 – Aug 31*

Fall Internship Dates – Sept 1 – Dec 20*


*Please note: there is some flexibility in exact placement dates. Let us know if you need to adjust the start or end dates, or length of time. Applicants wishing to stay longer than 4 months are encouraged.


Who You Are

You are passionate about conscious activism, sustainable international development, maternal health, the empowerment of women on a global scale. You are motivated, innovative and willing to learn and grow beside our leaders in Uganda. You understand the importance of self-awareness, communicate openly, embrace change and are driven by your commitment to others. You celebrate the idea of living in a rural setting, are eternally flexible and adaptable and you can embrace occasional power and water shortages.


Basic Qualifications & Skills

  • Education or degree in relevant field (students in their 3rd or 4th years also considered for some positions)
  • Deep passion for women’s health and empowerment
  • Willingness to relocate to Uganda for minimum of 4 months
  • Strong cultural awareness and humility
  • Ability to live and work in a rural and rustic setting
  • This means living without the creature comforts of home: cold water showers, bunk beds, slow internet and limited personal space

Benefits

  • Make a sustainable, inspired, empowered contribution to the health and wellbeing of women and communities in Uganda. Witness the deep impact of your involvement on an ongoing basis
  • Gain valuable professional experience and learn from other professionals at Shanti Uganda
  • Live, work, travel and experience one of the most beautiful and friendly countries in the world


Placement Fees

Successful applicants will be responsible for contributing a $600/month placement fee, which will provide them with shared accommodation in Shanti Uganda’s Volunteer House, airport pickup and drop off, ongoing support and evaluation from our Country Director in Uganda and a volunteer manual. All interns will contribute a 35 hour work week and are encouraged to travel on weekends.


How To Apply

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to Operations Director, Kate Hyde, info@shantiuganda.org as well as completing our Online Application Form. Applications for internships will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will remain open until filled. Successful applicants will be required to submit a note of mental and physical health from a health professional, basic criminal record check from your home country and a liability & media release form.


Permaculture Design Internship

Job Description

You will be responsible for researching and designing a permaculture garden in the 2.5 acres adjoining the Shanti Uganda Birth House. The permaculture garden will have 3 interconnected objectives: a food and nutrition learning space for mothers; a source of fresh, sustainable, and nutritious food for the Shanti Uganda staff and community; and, a source of income-generation for Shanti Uganda’s various programs.


General Responsibilities

  • Hands-on assistance with with planting, watering garden beds, tilling, harvesting and other farm duties
  • Work with program and garden staff to conduct research into potential garden designs, crops, structures, and growing techniques
  • Assess current land, soil, and climate conditions, as well as community needs, and design a sustainable and feasible permaculture garden
  • Conduct research into potential income-generating sources of the garden, ie., selling food at local market
  • Generate a plan for the garden learning space, including how, where, and when food and nutrition workshops will take place, and what content they might cover
  • Work with garden staff to develop a seasonal garden schedule that outlines when individual crops are to be sown and harvested, for future staff reference
  • Draft a garden budget that reflects local prices of all garden inputs and general maintenance
  • Support the vision, mission and values of Shanti Uganda
  • Other duties as assigned


Skills & Competencies

  • Deep passion for women’s health and empowerment
  • Demonstrated experience with permaculture design and growing food
  • Passionate about sustainable development and sustainable food systems
  • Interest and basic understanding of nutrition and nutritious food sources
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Resourceful self-­starter; persistent and thorough, proactive
  • Solutions­ focused; approaches challenges with passion, creativity and motivation
  • Ability to collaborate; strong relationship-building is crucial
  • Detail-oriented; strong organizational skills

How To Apply

info@shantiuganda.org
http://shantiuganda.org/volunteer/internship-program/

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@shantiuganda.org with subject line "Permaculture Design Internship Application" as well as completing our Online Application Form.


Applications for internships will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will remain open until filled. Successful applicants will be required to submit a note of mental and physical health from a health professional, basic criminal record check from your home country and a liability & media release form.


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