Community Development in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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Fundacion Runa

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Our community development interns will work alongside Runa Foundatio 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


This internship is geared towards industry professionals and graduate students majoring in international development, affairs, 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 farmers' association (also called the Producer Executive Body) was started in October 2011, since then it has expanded into 9 cooperatives and 1 farmers association. Over the past few years, we have worked with the representatives facilitating meetings, helping to strategize on methods of organization and communication. Next steps are to support and assist the cooperatives as they begin to use the funds they receive through Fair Trade on community development projects.

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