Calling all graduate students and industry professionals! Contribute to the development of an exciting new green industry in Ecuador that’s already beginning to receive attention both nationally and internationally. Travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, where you’ll work alongside a dynamic non-governmental organisation (NGO) conducting research in a number of different areas relating to sustainable development. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in the Amazon Rainforest, collaborating with indigenous communities, researchers and consultants, to preserve the rainforest and Amazonian culture whilst also driving towards lasting social change. These internships are collaborative, challenging, and exciting at every turn!
There are numerous dissertation and research opportunities available for qualified candidates, including Agricultural Economics, Social Entrepreneurship, Urban Ecology and Permaculture, Forest Conservation, Environmental Education, Agroforestry Research, and Online Media Communications. You’ll work closely with agronomists, marketing staff and expert scientists, gaining hands-on experience in your chosen field. You’ll need to be willing to commit at least two weeks of your time (although eight is preferred), and be able to bring specialised knowledge in your particular research area. In return, you’ll get access to rural communities, NGOs, government agencies, consultants, as well as the time and knowledge of engineers and field technicians. What’s more, you’ll also enjoy the unique opportunity to live and work in the Ecuadorian Amazon!
The NGO for which you’ll work strives to strengthen the foundation of Amazonian culture and preserve rainforest habitats, whilst also creating lasting social change. It does this by providing local Amazonian farming families with direct market access, agroforestry training, and holistic development services, leveraging Fairtrade partnerships to create positive and sustainable development. With a network of over 600 farming families and around 20 staff as well as a large network of consultants and advisors, this pioneering and dynamic social enterprise model has the potential to transform not only Ecuadorian economies, but also the economies of other Amazonian countries.
The NGO works with over 180 indigenous communities to help conserve their forests, and has already planted a staggering 100,000 guayusa trees (a holly tree native to the Ecuadorian Amazon). By working with the organisation, local farmers learn how to grow species that are culturally, environmentally and economically valuable, reducing the need for them to degrade forest habitats and allowing for the development of a mutually beneficial relationship between local people and forests. Through adopting a collaborative approach, with indigenous communities, researchers, consultants and NGOs all involved, this social enterprise is able to drive towards creating positive and lasting social change. Ecuador’s growing green industry is gathering momentum, and is already receiving national and international attention!
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