Runa Foundation is developing a new partnership with Water Ecuador, a foundation based in Ecuador that works to provide clean and affordable drinking water to impoverished communities. Currently, Water Ecuador has focused its work with communities on the coast but now they are looking towards working with communities here in the Amazon. This will be a grass-roots start-up project and we are looking for interns who are self-motivated, energetic, and adventurous!
Needs Assessment Surveys
Finding communities interested in collaborating with Fundación Runa and Water Ecuador
Creating an assessment survey to determine water problems and needs of the community
Assessing current knowledge, attitudes and practices about water-related issues in the selected communities
Research and write grants to help fund community projects based on the results from the community needs assessment surveys
Water Quality Testing
Basic quality testing of local drinking water in collaborating communities
Teaching these methods of testing to community members
Assessing Water Purification Techniques
Research on best ways to purify water in communities
Assess current water practices used by the community
Developing education curriculum for use in communities
Educating students and community members about clean water, proper hygiene, pollution and contamination of rivers and water sources
Involving students and teachers in the education process
Educate community members on how to purify water simply and cost effectively
Fluent or conversational in Spanish and English
Able to develop and implement a project with limited oversight
Interest in working and living in an indigenous community
Ability to problem solve and work independently
Excellent organization skills
Research experience a plus
Please send the following directly to our Program Manager, Lindsay McGeehon, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 directly to email@example.com
January 6th - March 7th 2015
March 10th - May 16th 2015
June 17th - August 23rd 2015
October 16th - November 15th 2015
*Dates can be flexible except for the Summer Internship
8 weeks room and program fees...........$1600
10 weeks room and program fees............$2000
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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