Forest Conservation Internship in the Ecuadorian Amazon
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Amazon Learning
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Amazon Learning is a social enterprise that facilitates experiential education for people of any age interested in understanding the links between local people and the Amazonian ecosystem. We foster experiential learning through a variety of programs that offer field-specific collaborations, Spanish immersion, cross-cultural understanding, and personal transformation. Our participants forge meaningful connections to the people and forest of the Amazon, gain global perspectives, and develop strategies to use their skills gained and share their findings with their communities back home.
In addition to engaging in unique Amazonian activities such as swimming in waterfalls, turning cacao into chocolate, and trekking in the virgin rainforest, our immersion program offers the chance to become part of an Ecuadorian family and community, dive deep into language learning (Spanish and Kichwa!), and create your own community-based projects.
Our Forest Conservation interns will get their hands dirty in one of the most important topics of the Amazon: sustainable forest management. Interns will collaborate with one of our partners in a governmental agriculture initiative, an international aid organization working in sustainable forest management, community-based initiatives for reforestation and biodiversity preservation, or a nonprofit ethnobotanical park working to promote permaculture and rehabilitation of deforested lands.
Intern activities may include:
- Working in local agroforestry production (the indigenous chakra, or forest garden)
- Spearheading reforestation projects with your host family's community
- Promoting environmental-based tourism in botanical gardens
- Supporting local workers with trail maintenance, tree-planting, and
- Performing fieldwork for a study on the crop yield of various products in traditional agroforestry gardens (the chakra) for an international NGO
- Planting fruit tree nurseries for local distribution alongside a government program
Tena, Napo, Ecuador - Amazon Basin
8 weeks room and program fees………..$960
10 weeks room and program fees...........$2400
*Program fee includes living accommodations and 3 melas per day with a vetted Host Family, in-depth pre-departure and orientation training, internship placement and coordination, 1:1 mentoring/coaching, logistical support, 24/7 health+emergency support, and project costs.
**Travel expenses and additional optional activities are not included.
- Proficiency in or high motivation to learn Spanish, proficiency in English
- Able to develop and implement a project with limited oversight
- Interest in working and living in a modest, indigenous community
- Ability to problem solve, be flexible, and work independently
- Accountable, flexible, and proactive
- Research experience a plus
We accept participants on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining where you learned about this opportunity, what dates you would be available to intern (approximate month and # of weeks), why you want to join the program, and what you believe you could contribute to the internship. All applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining where you learned about this opportunity, what dates you would be available to intern (approximate month and # of weeks), why you want to join the program, and what you believe you could contribute to the internship. All applications can be emailed to email@example.com