Internships

Our internship programs is designed to fully immerse participants in the Amazonian ecology and culture, while implementing projects in conjunction with our partner organizations. In these programs, participants live with local homestay families and choose to work on one of the following projects:

 

Public & Community Health:

Our Public & Community Health interns will work in volunteer placements in a variety of public health issues, depending on their strengths, interests, and experience.  Potential placements could include:

  • Assisting medical staff in a local community health center

  • Water resource management, potable water testing, and conducting public health surveys

  • Translating for and supporting international doctors in rural health brigades

  • Volunteering in a local grassroots health organization
Forest Conservation & Agroforestry:

Our Forest Conservation interns will get their hands dirty in one of the most important topics of the Amazon: sustainable forest management.  This may include:

  • Working in local agroforestry production (the indigenous forest garden)

  • Spearheading reforestation projects

  • Promoting environmental-based tourism in botanical gardens

  • Planting fruit tree nurseries for local distribution

  • Collaborating with farmers to discover new and potentially marketable, eco-friendly, amazonian products for national or international distribution
Ethnobotany & Traditional Medicine:

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

  • Collaborating with farmers to discover new and potentially marketable, eco-friendly, medicinal, or edible products for national or international distribution
Sustainable Economic Development & Social Entrepreneurship:

Our SEDSE interns will support sustainable local economic development by taking part in grassroots community income generating projects in the indigenous communities of the Amazon.  The work in these projects is focused in the largest alternative income generation initiative in the Amazon: community tourism.  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

  • 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 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”

  • Collaborating with farmers to discover new and potentially marketable, eco-friendly, amazonian products for national or international distribution
Education:

Our Education interns work with different institutions that work with youth starting at 2 years of age to 22 years of age. partners ranging from schools, a university, or a at-risk youth center.  The goal is to take preventative measures to solve issues in communities through education. The intern’s role in these internship might include:

  • Teach or assist teach environmental education, PE, English or art with pre-kindergarden students or any age from K-12 grades.

  • Assist teaching English, Chemistry, Biology or Environmental Studies at an amazonian university

  • Collaborate with all of the activities at an at-risk children and youth center

  • Assisting teacher at a school or program with students with disabilities.

We accept participants on a rolling basis throughout the year. Preferred starting dates for summer 2017 are May 22. and June 19.

Program Fees

Our immersion program has a $235/week fee which includes the following:

  • Pre-departure orientation
  • In-country orientation 
  • Host family with three meals
  • 24 hours 7 days per week for medical assistance and emergency response.
  • Ongoing support from our staff for your professional and personal growth
  • Re-entry orientation

Not included in our fee:

  • Food during in-country orientation
  • Travel expenses
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance

 For more information on our long-term programs or to apply please email Andy at andy@amazonlearning.org.