Ethnobotany & Traditional Medicine 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 interns 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 Ethnobotany & Traditional Medicine interns will work at the intersection of contemporary and traditional medicine as it is used, shared, implemented, and recounted in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The interns will work with local healers and specialists to gain an understanding of the role of traditional healing practices, including primary plant species and their uses. This internship provides the opportunity to gain an understanding of traditional phytotherapy practices while helping to preserve the local knowledge of indigenous peoples. Projects might include:
- Identifying local primary medicinal plants and understanding their importance in traditional medicine
- Establishing working relationships with alternative healthcare providers and specialists
- Obtaining a holistic understanding of local healing traditions
- Working and learning from local shamans and healers
- Studying the practices of medicinal plant-based midwifery from indigenous public health and cultural preservation group
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