What is the Fair Trade Internship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest all about?
Travel to Ecuador and join a Fair Trade internship to work with a social and solidarity economy NGO near Quito. The NGO works on fair trade promoting sustainable production and association to improve the quality of life of Ecuadorian families. This social enterprise works with community and is community diven working with 18 provinces of Ecuador.
The projects they work with are inclusive working with women producers and empowering them in their endeavors. They also work on strengthening alternative modeals of agro-ecological production based on quality, solidarity and gender equity. In the past, they have worked with small cocoa producers to promote their products and attract tourism as a way to develop sustainable ecuadorian tourim routes. They also worked in strengthening cooperation between the producers of corn and beans to ensure fair trade.
The focus is on social empowerment, community development and consolidation of local efforts to work in association for a fairer trade context.
Why choose this Fair Trade Internship programme in Ecuador?
This Fair Trade Internship project has a unique combination of environmental, social and business aspects in its work. The focus of the internship program is working on the foundation’s current projects and there is also plenty of work to be done. This project calls for interns to help boost the project’s economical gains and really make a positive difference to the lives of the farmers and their families. It is an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in an ethical industry with growing potential. Your application of Spanish will demonstrate to future employers your ability to effectively communicate your ideas and adapt to different settings, as well as your drive to meet your personal goals while helping the project.
Role of the Community an Business Intern
You will work on assessing the impact of initiatives. Funding dictates the project focus each year and past focus for interns has been on the following:
- Community Development – cooperative workshops, eco-tourism project, social media activities
- Social Entrepreneurship – business planning. eco tourism development
- Social impact & PR – produce a video, promote online, edit graphics and materials
- Product development and research to support the growth of income generating activities
Activities may include field research, manual labour, marketing, or data entry. Your tasks will vary depending on your skills and interests and the needs of the project at the time of your internship.
What skills do I need to be a Fair Trade Intern in Quito?
This internship is geared towards undergraduate and graduate students, and industry professionals. Your focus should be on international development, business, entrepreneurship, or community work. Interns should be open, flexible, patient, caring, passionate, creative and come with a spirit of collaboration and solidarity. Interest in social work and social justice a plus. Proficiency in Spanish (level B1 Intermediate User of CEFR) is required for this project as you will be working alongside local people. Please bring a laptop to record your progress during your internship placement.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To work with a local team to help generate income for local communites
Gain direct experience working in an ethical industry
To experience life in a diverse country
Where will I work in Ecuador?
The project is located South of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was founded in the 16th Century on the ruins of an Inca city. The Capital of Quito is dramatically high in the Andes mountain with an altitude of 2850 meters. The Ecuadorian Sierra culture is known to be traditional, warm and relaxed. The city offers mixes of a vibrant and sophisticated night life and culinary spots!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 8+ weeks
- Cost: £2976 / $4645 for 8 weeks
£251 / $392 for each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Quito, Ecuador
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8.00 – 17.00
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Every other Friday
What is included
- Accommodation: local host family
- Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
- Escorted travel from Quito to your project location
- Stay in a hostel in Quito, breakfast included
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation on a Saturday, project induction
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24 hour support, feedback at the end of your placement
- Local SIM card and phone: (deposit of $50 required for handset)
- Activities: Staff help organise evening and weekend activities
- Teaching manual
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Optional intensive Spanish classes 1-week programme.
- Optional excursion on the Sunday on your arrival weekend. Please speak to an advisor if you want to know more
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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