Sustainable Economic Development & Social Entrepreneurship 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 Social Entrepreneurship interns will support sustainable local economic development by taking part in grassroots community income generation projects in the indigenous communities of the Amazon. The work in these projects is focused on a variety of different income generating initiatives and industries in the Amazon. Your internship could be focused on supporting communities or local entrepreneurs with community ecotourism projects, locally-owned cacao processing processing and production, jungle peanut production and value-chain development, an innovative culinary project to bring Amazonian foods to market, and more.
The intern’s role in these community-run projects might include:
- Supporting the “Cacao Trail,” a community-based chocolate tourism initiative
- Engaging in infrastructure support projects for community tourism projects
- Compare ecotourism with other forms of natural resource use in terms of economic and educational values, social costs and benefits, and environmental impacts.
- Analyze public, private, and community-based approaches to income-generating initiatives that also support conservation
- Explore tourism as a tool for environmental preservation
- Learn Kichwa while examining the social and economic implications of the production of forest products, handicrafts, jewelry, and “consumable culture”
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
Language/Cultural Support Available
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