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Community Development & Social Entrepreneurship Internship in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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Fundación Aliados | Tena, Provincia de Napo, 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

Community Development and Social Entrepreneurship interns work alongside Aliados staff in the creation of sustainable community businesses. The Foundation works with several indigenous farmer cooperatives to build sustainable supply chains for native Amazonian and Andean products. Products we are currently working with include guayusa, wild jungle peanuts, achiote and ishpingo, and Andean Agave. Interns work alongside staff and community enterprise partners to strengthen organizational management and governance, build financial management capacity, and design and implement business processes and structures. Interns participate in activities to support community business gain access to international markets. The internship offers the opportunity to increase knowledge and experience grappling with core concepts and theories most relevant to sustainable development.

Intern activities and responsibilities may include: Research supply chain development, international markets, and processing capabilities for current and new potential products, business plan and concept note development for the commercialization of local products, social business strategy and model research, create and implement marketing and communication strategies, administrative support for farmer cooperatives, attend or support with meetings and capacity building workshops.

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 -

For more information and to confirm if we have a vacancy, please send a CV and cover letter to volunteer@losaliados.org / info@losaliados.org 

1. A simple 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)

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


Dates:

*Dates can be flexible according to interns’ needs.* 


Costs: 

12 weeks room and program fees: $2600 

Additional weeks: $200/week 


*Program fees include living accommodations in our furnished and beautiful shared intern house. This includes electricity, drinking water, wifi, basic cleaning/laundry services, and staff support.

**Travel expenses and food are not included.  

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…

Details at a glance

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How to Apply

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

1. A simple resume

2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for and why you want to intern)

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

1. A simple resume

2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for…

Location

Tena, Provincia de Napo, EC

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