The rural communities served by the vast and varied services ofAlternativa,have several opportunities for an Agriculture and Sustainable Farming Intern to complete project work towards improving the quality of life of families, individuals, and livestock.
Alternativa’s vision is to be a real alternative: promoting small business competitiveness, creating a financial resource base by providing loans and organizing communal banks and cooperatives, leading financial training workshops, and conducting outreach to the most vulnerable sectors of the population. Alternativa currently serves 1,200 clients through loans and other services. About 75 percent of Alternativa’s clients are women and the organization reflects a strong commitment to women’s rights and sustainable economic development.
This volunteer intern will work on the following objectives and/or activities:
- Many rural constituents who may own a small piece of land are not necessarily using their land for food and/or income production purposes. These communities would benefit greatly from programs/workshops/campaigns teaching successful and sustainable farming methods, crop selection and rotation strategies, etc.
- Developing appropriate technological solutions for crop management and sustainable farming
- Workshops focusing on proper care and utilization of livestock in sustainable farming method
- Students studying environmental or natural sciences, engineering, agriculture
- Motivated to work in rural areas and among underserved populations
- Self-motivated, able to work independently and with little material resources
- Culturally respectful, wants to learn more than teach
- Curious, innovative, and quick learners
- Resilient, open-minded, and hard-working
- Creative and positive problem-solver, adaptable to challenging environments
- Genuinely interested in community development and integrating into the community
- Conversational Spanish for placements in Latin America
Interns will receive in-country orientation upon arrival facilitated by the FSD site team, which includes training in sustainable development principles, health and safety, cultural integration, and project management. After orientation, interns live with host-families and work full-time at the organization Monday-Friday. In the first week at the organization, the intern will gain an understanding of ongoing initiatives and conduct field visits to learn about the communities they serve. The supervisor and intern will collaborate to develop a workplan and budget that focuses on a specific youth/environmental project that addresses the long-term needs of the community. FSD will facilitate reflections and a midterm retreat, as well as provide project planning support and collect deliverables.
Internship program includes airport pick up, accommodation and meals, supervision, pre-departure training, on-site orientation and in-country support, medical/evacuation insurance, and project seed fund.
- Animal Care / Handling
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Science
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- 9 Week Minimum