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Project Objectives Investigate agricultural production yields in communities Create a database that measures the production value of crops and the general welfare of farmers in Napo Production of training guides and diagrams for researchers and farmers I
Location:
Tena, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Economic Development, Environment, Social Services
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Our sustainable agriculture interns will work with staff and community members to investigate the feasibility of producing new products from native Amazonian plants. Activities include: the calculation of net present value for local agricultural systems, opportunity costs, and the social and biodiversity benefits of high diversity agroforestry systems. They will help to find new markets. They will and research case studies to investigate native crop production and the potential for new markets for these products.

Project Objectives Investigate agricultural production yields in communities Create a database that measures the production value of crops and the general welfare of farmers in Napo Production of training guides and diagrams for researchers and farmers Intern Duties Spend time in the field to understand indigenous agricultural methods Collect data of native crop in the region for the best practices video Design a database for native crop species Perform a cost-benefit analysis on data Qualifications This internship is geared towards industry professionals and graduate students majoring in international development, affairs or business or a related field. Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential. Experience in Latin America and/or working in a rural setting is a plus. Current Status of Research The original goal of this project was to compare the input costs, labor, and total profit associated with guayusa and other cash crops such as cacao and coffee. This has now expanded to encompass other potential crops in the region and a multi-faceted approach to farmer participation, data collection and agricultural economics analysis. Currently, an agricultural workbook is being developed. This workbook includes agricultural activities, expenses and revenues for all regional crops. Different formats of the workbook are being trialed with farming families to establish the best method of data collection. Once this stage has been completed, the Sustainable Agriculture team will adapt the workbook and begin to collect and analyze data.

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. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and adventurous interns to join us in the Amazon rainforest and help support the growth of this budding social enterprise. Interns with Runa Foundation will have the chance to take on ground-breaking research in a range of areas which are essential for the growth and development of Guayusa and the communities Runa works with. Interns will work alongside our experienced technicians and engineers in the field, and also have the chance to participate in cultural exchange events and guayusa ceremonies.
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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