Program Details

Project Objectives To facilitate the development of farmer's cooperatives for guayusa To train cooperative members in essential skills such as administration and finance. To facilitate the creation of work and business plans with the cooperatives regardi
Location:
Tena, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Economic Development, Environment, Social Services, Translation
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:
Our community development interns will work alongside Runa Foundation staff to participate in the development of Fair Trade certified farmers cooperatives. Over the last few years, Runa Foundation has been working with local farmers; holding training workshops, managing administration and coordinating with Fair Trade USA. This is a unique opportunity to get firsthand experience working with farmers cooperatives on an international level. Interns will gain valuable experience and knowledge of cooperative legalization and the requirements under Fair Trade USA.

Project Objectives To facilitate the development of farmer's cooperatives for guayusa To train cooperative members in essential skills such as administration and finance. To facilitate the creation of work and business plans with the cooperatives regarding the management of the Social Premium Fund Intern Duties Coordinate administration for the association Attend all meetings and training sessions Help to manage finances for the Social Premium Fund Facilitate training sessions in areas of expertise Assist in the implementation of community development projects

Please send the following directly to our Program Manager, Lindsay McGeehon. 1. A simple resume 2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for and why you want to intern) 3. Two references (email addresses are OK) If you are interested in working with us or have any questions about the internship program please send an email. Dates: Winter Internship: January 6th - March 7th 2015 Spring Internship: March 10th - May 16th 2015 Summer Internship: June 17th - August 23rd 2015 Fall Internship: October 16th – November 15th 2015 *Dates can be flexible except for the Summer Internship
Setting Description:
Runa Foundation is the non-profit branch of Runa based in Ecuador and Peru. We aim to provide tools and resources to indigenous communities and farmers’ associations, working towards their vision of sustainable development in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. We focus on three core areas: social empowerment, community development, and environmental management.
Cost:
Costs: 8 weeks room and program fees………..$1600 10 weeks room and program fees............$2000 Additional weeks………………………....$200/week Optional Homestay fee...........................$60/week (Homestay includes all meals, lodging and transportation to/from homestay community) *Program fees include living accommodations. Food and travel expenses are not included

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