Program Details

Conservation intern activities include: planning and assisting with workshops in the communities, implementing monitoring and evaluation models, reporting of findings from household, timber harvest and agricultural economic surveys. Interns will also wo
Location:
Tena, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Runa Foundation is implementing a project to work alongside three communities to develop integrative forest management plans. This includes sustainable forest management, agroforestry production, community forest investment plans, and wildlife monitoring and conservation. Our conservation interns will work with Runa Foundation Staff collaboratively drafting management plan activities with these communities related to sustainable forest management, women’s empowerment, agroforestry production, and wildlife monitoring.

Conservation intern activities include: planning and assisting with workshops in the communities, implementing monitoring and evaluation models, reporting of findings from household, timber harvest and agricultural economic surveys. Interns will also work with placing camera traps in the forest reserves near the communities, create a wildlife census and conservation workshops.

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.
Setting Description:
Runa is a hybrid social enterprise, composed of both for-profit and non-profit organizations in the US and Ecuador. Runa works with indigenous people to share the secrets of the Amazon by creating new markets for products they produce. One of these secrets is Guayusa (“gwhyyou-sa”), a native Amazonian tree leaf that has been brewed like tea by indigenous communities as a source of energy and nutrition for thousands of years. By producing guayusa, Runa creates positive impact using a unique breadth of organizational capacity and flexibility. Our triple bottom line mission: planet, people, profit, works towards rainforest conservation, creation of profitable livelihoods, and promotion of the ancient wisdom of native cultures.
Cost:
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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