Marketing & Communications Volunteer Internship (In-Person & Online)

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Recruiting Organization: EcoSwell

EcoSwell is a surfing-inspired and multiple award winning sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability. We develop environmental, educational, infrastructure and socio-economic projects working hand in hand with local communities and international interns.

The benefits of taking part in this volunteer internship are:

- Enhance your CV and gain professional hands-on experience managing sustainable projects in an international development NGO, having a real positive impact on a vulnerable community.

- Learn from our educational seminars given by our Directors on topics including but not limited to: international development, NGO/social enterprise creation and management, marketing and outreach, research techniques and more.

- Work alongside experienced & passionate people from a range of disciplines & backgrounds.

Daily Tasks

As a Marketing & Communications Intern at EcoSwell, you will be given ownership of the organisation’s outreach projects, working alongside Directors and other interns to promote EcoSwell’s development initiatives. The daily activities and tasks may vary depending on current projects. These may include but are not limited to:

- Social media content creation

As organisations seek to expand their presence online, keeping up our involvement on social media is important to promote our many programs. As a Marketing and Communications Intern, you will gather the needed content for exciting, engaging social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Coordination and communication with all other intern teams is necessary to ensure accurate representation from all areas of EcoSwell. This role also includes the applications for and management of various online fundraising platforms.

- Photography and videography

Having enticing graphical elements for all aspects of EcoSwell communications is important to engage previous, current, and future interns, donors, and partners. In this intern role, you will help in capturing these photos through involvement in community events, planting days, organised photoshoots for partners, and many more photo opportunities. You should also be able to properly use our wildlife camera in order to capture the great biodiversity of the Lobitos area. This is a great opportunity to utilise and develop keen creative skills.

- Coordination of the design of promotional material for EcoSwell and its partners

Having many partnerships and projects ongoing at EcoSwell, it is important to keep all promotional material organised and prepared for implementation. This involves communication between the EcoSwell directors and partners to ensure accuracy. In addition, you will design merchandise material for EcoSwell and its partners. A key eye for details and creativity is important.

- Communication with the EcoSwell team at home and abroad

Up-to-date communication with EcoSwell’s supporters, both in Lobitos and around the world, is essential to the growth of our organisation. You will play a role in EcoSwell’s engagement with the Lobitos community, organising and promoting workshops and other in-person community events. Yet you will also take part in the communication with EcoSwell’s current and potential global donors. This may include the creation of newsletters and the orchestration of webinars, global calls, and online fundraising events.

Online Program

You can take part in this position through our online program as well as a discounted financial contribution. The online activities for this project may include (but are not limited to):

  • Marketing research for upcoming initiatives
  • Content curation for all forms of social media and marketing
  • Creation of graphic elements to be used online
  • Implementation of exciting visual elements
  • Monitor engagement on EcoSwell online channels
  • Implementation of marketing and communication goals

In addition, you’ll be able to take part in the following online educational seminars, given by our Directors:

  • NGO/Social enterprise creation and management
  • Outreach and Business Development
  • Sustainability perspectives from a local "on the ground" development organisation
  • International environmental and social sustainability standards
  • Research methods and community engagement


This volunteer internship is open to all disciplines, but is most suited for those interested in and/or have academic or professional experience in communications, advertisement, marketing, and sustainable development. Undergraduates, postgraduates, PhDs and/or professionals are all welcome. However, we do ask for:

  • An academic, professional background or personal motivation in advertising, marketing, public relations, photography, journalism, media, sustainable development, and the like.
  • Creativity and ability to create innovative content.
  • Minimum age 18.
  • Basic experience and strong motivation to become part of a team away from home.

However, the most important thing is that you have an open mind, a positive attitude and willingness to learn!

In-person Financial contribution

We require a financial contribution from volunteer interns. Bank transfer costs are included as well as the one off donation. Please bear in mind that there is a minimum of a 2 week stay at EcoSwell and maximum can be up to 6 months or more!

Two weeks (price per week $490) = $980

Three weeks (price per week $482) = $1,446

Four weeks (price per week $482) = $1,928

Five weeks (price per week $469) = $2,345

Six weeks (price per week $469) = $2,814

Eight weeks (price per week $469) = $3,752

12 weeks (price per week $448) = $5,376

Online Placement Financial contribution

The financial contribution required from volunteer interns for our online position is 33% less than that of our in person placement - please see details below.

Two weeks (price per week $335) = $670

Three weeks (price per week $330) = $989

Four weeks (price per week $330) = $1,319

Five weeks (price per week $321) = $1,605

Six weeks (price per week $321) = $1,926

Eight weeks (price per week $321) = $2,568

12 weeks (price per week $307) = $3,684

The financial contribution you make as an volunteer intern helps us plant a tree with community families in Lobitos with the volunteers at EcoSwell and the families engaging as well.

Since we have limited volunteer/intern spaces, if you have been accepted we will need you to secure your placement by depositing a non-refundable 30% of your placement’s total financial contribution within 1 week of being accepted. Full payment will be required 4 weeks prior to your arrival the latest. Any refund of the 70% of the full payment (minus all transaction costs) will only be available if cancellation is confirmed before more than 30 days of confirmed arrival date. No refunds of any kind will be available within 30 days of confirmed arrival date.

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