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Amazon Conservation & Sustainable Agriculture Internship

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Fundación Aliados | Tena, Ecuador
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The Aliados internship offers young professionals a hands on opportunity to learn about the key issues for sustainable development in the tropics, and how to build positive social change in this important context. Before arrival, interns identify their area of interest (see below) and we then tailor their time with us so that they gain direct experience in these areas, while contributing positively to Aliados’ work. Interns are incorporated into existing Aliados work teams, and realistic, but ambitious goals are established for their time in Ecuador. By forming part of work teams, interns also have the opportunity to develop key soft skills that are increasingly sought after in the workplace, including:

  • Working in a cross-cultural team
  • Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Critical thinking with an integrated understanding of the “whole ecosystem”
  • Problem solving & leadership 
  • Learning how to deal with and manage uncertainty


Amazon Conservation & Sustainable Agriculture interns collaborate with Aliados staff on activities related to combine smallholder farming with forest management to strengthen socio-ecological resilience. Work areas include developing model agroforestry plots with communities, introducing new crops into traditional farming systems as a way to diversify revenues, forest restoration using mixed species intercropped with short term cash crops, and reforestation on degraded areas to increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Interns learn about the benefits of agroforestry systems and sustainable production practices to gain an understanding of the importance of these systems in the face of climate change. Participants also investigate the feasibility of producing new products in Amazonian agroforestry systems and how small holder farmers can obtain added value certifications such as Fair Trade and Organic. 

Intern activities and responsibilities may include: Ecological monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and data collection and analysis, community nursery and plant management, working in agroforestry plots with farmers, agroforestry research in partnership with IKIAM university, assist with workshops and trainings in communities, study the social and biodiversity benefits of agroforestry systems, and research case studies of native crop production and the potential for new markets for these products, support in implementing reforestation proposals and management plan activities for sustainable forest management.


Qualifications

Aliados recruits a limited number of fee paying interns/volunteers each year. We seek candidates that are able to commit for a minimum of 12 weeks (longer periods preferred), have a conversational level of Spanish, and preferably have skills and experience to contribute directly to our organizational goals.


To Apply - Please send the following directly to our Program Manager at volunteer@losaliados.org

1. Resume

2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for, what date range you would like to intern, and why you think you are a great candidate)


Dates: Dates are flexible throughout the year. 

Internships are 12 weeks (longer possible with visa fees)


Costs:

12 weeks room and program fees………..$2600

Additional weeks………………………....$200/week


*Program fees includes in-depth predeparture and orientation training, living accommodations in our furnished and beautiful shared intern house (this includes electricity, drinking water, wifi, basic cleaning/laundry services), 24/7 emergency support.


**Travel expenses and food are not included.  

***If you are interested in collaborating with us or have any questions about the internship program please send an email directly to volunteer@losaliados.org

The Aliados internship offers young professionals a hands on opportunity to learn about the key issues for sustainable development in the tropics, and how to build positive social change in this important context. Before arrival, interns…

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