Sustainable Agricultural Design Internship in the Peruvian Amazon


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Via comunidad HuapoTarapoto, San Martin 3819PE

About

Agriculture is vital to life in the communities surrounding Tarapoto, Peru. The new Rios Nete Research and Healing Center plans to establish an integrated agroforestry system in order to grow native plants to supply the clinic with organic food and medicinal plants. Sustainable agriculture interns will be vital in compiling information on what environmental conditions these plants need to grow. After analyzing results from field data, interns will work with our team to plan and design the agricultural component of the Rios Nete Healing Center. The interns will assist with the selection of species, collection of seeds, and planting and maintenance of agricultural and medicinal crops within our nursery and agroforestry plot, as well as the development of kitchen and botanical gardens.


Project Objectives

  • Create a sustainable agricultural system that utilizes properties of agroforestry systems as found in the local ecology of the region

  • Design and implement a plan for collecting and germinating seeds, as well as cultivating young plants

  • Help to plan and execute improvements and the expansion of the Rios Nete indigenous plants nursery


Intern Duties

  • Work with the agricultural team to design the propagation plan and nursery expansion

  • Identify species, collect seeds, propagate plants, and establish kitchen and medicinal plant gardens

  • Utilize agricultural best practices in organic farming and permaculture techniques

  • Submit a proposal outlining the design plans and anticipated production and present the results to Runa and Rios Nete management and key stakeholders


Qualifications

Graduate and undergraduate students in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, tropical agriculture, horticulture, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in rural agricultural settings, especially in Spanish speaking environments. Spanish is not required, though some additional translation costs may apply if a translator is needed to carry out certain field activities.


Dates:

Fall Internship:

October 1st - November 25th

Winter Internship:

January 6th - March 7th

Spring Internship:

March 10th - May 16th

Summer Internship:

June 17th - August 23rd

*Dates can be flexible according to interns’ needs.

Costs:

8 weeks room and program fees...........$1600

10 weeks room and program fees............$2000

Additional weeks................................$200/week

*Program fees include living accommodations. Travel expenses and food are not included.


Please send the following directly to our Program Manager, Lindsay McGeehon, at volunteer@runa.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 volunteer@runa.org

Skills

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Conversational level of Spanish

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