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Social Entrepreneurship with Indigenous Cacao Farmer Associations

internship Highlights

  • Collaborate with a local cacao association of indigenous farmers that produces chocolate bars for national and international distribution   

  • Live with one of the association’s farmers and their family in a community

  • Increase your skills and knowledge in social impact marketing, sustainability, organic certifications, Fair Trade practices, agroforestry, and more  

  • Collaborate part-time with farmers in the field, planting and harvesting cacao and other native plants  

  • Opportunities for personal research and projects relating to social entrepreneurship, farming, and indigenous empowerment

  • Participate in other cultural events, such as:

    • Guayusa tea ceremonies

    • Ecotourism adventures to waterfalls and indigenous communities

    • Medicinal plant remedy workshops

    • Amazon Forest to Table Feast

Daily Activities

  • Assist with day to day operations including inventory, marketing, and brand development

  • Shadow and assist the Field Technicians to approve farmers’ crops

  • Identify national and international markets for product distribution

  • Learn how to make chocolate from bean to bar and assist with the on-site cocoa processing factory

  • Support the association’s engagement with the community by attending events and providing chocolate and guayusa samples

  • Engage in personal projects that support the association’s goals of sustainability, women’s empowerment, and cultural preservation

  • Contribute to field work in the chakra (traditionally-planted, agroforestry farm) to plant and harvest native products

  • Guide visitors to explain the cocoa processing facility including translating

  • Provide English lessons to co-workers who are eager to advance their language skills and receive Spanish and Kichwa lessons in return!

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