in Sustainable Development with CRACYP
internship in sustainable development with CRACYP is an ideal way to
gain practical experience for a career in rural development,
sustainable agriculture, fair trade, ecotourism and similar fields.
Please read the whole of
this page before applying for an internship opportunity.
NOTE: We do not offer paid intern jobs, only unpaid
internships which require a contribution.
in Sustainable Rural Development -
Gain practical experience in sustainable development, organic
agriculture, fair trade, sustainable tourism, engineering and
Interns participate in CRACYP's current projects in
Ecuador, experiencing a range of challenges to gain as much exposure as
possible to different aspects of rural development. This
internship or apprenticeship is the ideal complement to theoretical
studies at university. Experience the reality of working in
grass-roots development with a small NGO (which is very different to
development policy-making with an international organisation).
addition to seeing and experiencing the work of the NGO, each intern
will take responsibility for an individual project,
which might be a small stand-alone development project, or one phase or
larger project. Interns will be expected to produce a project
report detailing activities, development outcomes, learning
and recommendations for the future. Interns are supervised
by CRACYP's sustainable
development coordinator Nick
Ohde. See our Volunteer
& Intern News for some examples of recent intern
Workshop is held each month for interns to explore
aspects of sustainable development in rural areas and network with
local experts working in this field.
The summer months are now
mostly full with just one
summer internship still available from mid
July onwards, and now we are looking to
interns for September onwards. We have some
opportunities for a semester abroad:
are a range of internships available on an ecotourism project.
As well as general ecotourism management, for
example, there is entomology - surveying the forest
to produce an inventory of insect life for an ecotourism
project; ecotourism guiding - training
local guides; financial planning - creating business plans and training
local people to use them.
Tropical agronomy internship - an intern to investigate and pilot methods of improving management and increasing sugar cane yields through organic methods.
design - an intern to design and carry out construction of
cinder-block cabins to house tourists for an eco-tourism project.
intern needed to combine existing work on agroforestry, water resources
management and mapping with new research to create holistic watershed
intern, to evaluate which species would be appropriate for
train farmers on the multiple benefits of planting trees, maintain and
improve a tree nursery.
intern to explore ways of boosting soil fertility by training local
organic farmers in such methods as green manure and compost
- Spanish skills useful.
consultant to evaluate and improve
recordkeeping and organizational practices in a small community
enterprise engaged in organic agriculture and fair trade.
- ongoing development of a new community bank and emergency loan
program, relevant studies/experience and strong Spanish skills
interns, to design and implement interactive, participatory training
programs for rural farming families with limited education in an area
where malnutrition is common. Strong Spanish language skills
good cultural sensitivity needed.
/ GPS specialists,
to create an initial maps database of local area for use in natural
resource, transportation, and logistics planning for the local
community - basic Spanish needed.
Examples of intern development
projects available currently or in the future include:
- road engineering: evaluating
damaged rural roads, designing a solution so rural farmers
can access markets; water usage analysis on organic
cost analysis, interviewing farmers to understand their cost
and cost of producing alcohol. Good Spanish needed. Also an
intern to analyse management and administration costs
of small organic, fair trade community enterprise and identify
cost-saving opportunities to make the business more competitive,
intermediate Spanish needed
waste management -
and improving waste management practices
in rural areas;
developing and teaching an educational program,
including literacy clubs and basic primary school classes.
internship program is open
those who have studied, are studying or are going to study
international development, sustainable
development, ecotourism, fair trade, organic agriculture, permaculture,
development or similar
subjects. Also, there are occasionally opportunities for
internships (or volunteer placements which may be suitable as
internships) for engineers, GIS / GPS specialists, healthcare
others - get in touch to see if we have anything suitable.
Internships are available for 4 to 12 weeks.
For details of how to apply, see the Sustainable Development
Internship Program information pack (download from the link at the foot
of the page).
If this program sounds
attractive to you but you are looking for less responsibility, fewer
than four weeks, or
have not studied a relevant subject, you can still participate in
something similar - see our volunteer
opportunities in Ecuador for
details. There are also volunteer placements for
specialists, for example dentists or dental hygienists.
Can I intern as part of a group?
Groups of interns (with or without professor) are welcome by
arrangement. Contact us to design an internship program
tailored to your course if you have a group of 4 or more prospective
Will I be paid as a development
intern? No. We
do NOT offer
any kind of paid intern job or paid internship, nor can we help with
Please do not write asking for paid work, we
only offer unpaid internships which require a contribution.
Why should I have to pay for my
internship? Interns develop skills and gain
experience, which they then take elsewhere to profit from in
their future careers. We
can't afford to subsidise
your costs - and even if we could, we would
instead use the
money to employ a local person who would stay in the area and use their
developing skills and knowledge for the benefit of the projects we work
on, which would be far more sustainable.
Intern contributions allow us to provide employment for local
people, in an area of extreme poverty
where very few jobs are available. See the Sustainable
Development Internship information pack for details of the costs
involved and the food and accommodation provided.
Do I need to speak Spanish? Ideally,
interns need to have enough
for at least basic communication. If your intern project
working closely with local people, you will need intermediate or
advanced Spanish skills.
better you can communicate in Spanish, the more you will get out of
your internship here. The internship program coordinator
English, but you need to have some Spanish language skills
arrive in Ecuador. Even then we strongly suggest you spend
first few days in
Ecuador studying to improve your Spanish. Ask us if you would
like recommendations for a Spanish school, or see learning Spanish for
What is the difference between
the internship program and the volunteer program? Interns
are responsible for their own individual development project.
internship program includes a development
workshop each month. The Intern Contribution also
time for filling out whatever forms or reports are required by the
intern's university. Internships are for 4 to 12
volunteers are accepted for 1 to 8 weeks. For more details,
the Sustainable Development Internship Information Pack or the
Volunteer Information Pack.
When is the best time to
undertake my internship? Interns
are welcome almost all year round, though the project is closed from
early December to late January, to avoid the worst of the rainy season.
particularly popular so you should apply well in advance for the summer
Download the Sustainable Development Internship 2013
Information Pack for
information about what is included in the Development Internship
Program, the costs involved and how to apply. Download the
the Costa Intern Pack to learn more
about the area in which you would carry out your internship.
in Sustainable Development with CRACYP:
internship program in sustainable
rural development including conservation and reforestation;
Ecuador summer internships and unpaid intern jobs in ecotourism,
development and sustainable agriculture; development internship
opportunities in Ecuador.