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Mission Statement

We believe people everywhere can benefit from the bounty of the Amazon without destroying it, starting with the people who live there. The people of the Amazon are the stewards of this natural resource. They have much to teach the world about all that the rainforest has to offer--including benefits to health and the environment. Runa is a hybrid social enterprise, composed of both forprofit and non-profit organizations in the US and Ecuador. Runa works with indigenous people to share the secrets of the Amazon by creating new markets for products they produce. One of these secrets is Guayusa ("gwhyyou-sa"), a native Amazonian tree leaf that has been brewed like tea by indigenous communities as a source of energy and nutrition for thousands of years. By producing guayusa, Runa creates positive impact using a unique breadth of organizational capacity and flexibility. Our triple bottom line mission: planet, people, profit, works towards rainforest conservation, creation of profitable livelihoods, and promotion of the ancient wisdom of native cultures.

Fundación Runa is the non-profit branch of Runa based in Ecuador. We aim to provide tools and resources
to indigenous communities and farmers’ associations, working towards their vision of sustainable
development in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We focus on three core areas: social empowerment, community
development, and environmental management.


We are looking for volunteers and interns to work with Fundación Runa in Ecuador to further our community development programs and grow our ecosystem conservation and research programs.

Runa offers volunteers a unique opportunity to directly experience the cultural, environmental, and
organizational elements of our work in collaboration with our diverse team of professionals. We both
engage in and actively support the traditions we represent, and work hard while having a good time.
Interns with Fundación Runa will take on longer placements working alongside our team in the Amazon.
They will work on a range of projects, contributing to ground breaking research on Guayusa and
developing sustainable projects with indigenous communities.

In addition to enjoying life in the Upper Amazon, volunteers and interns will engage in the rigorous and
dedicated culture that characterizes Runa. As an American-managed organization, communication,
transparency, and dialog are hugely important to us, and we provide constant support, training, and
guidance to our volunteers and interns. Our 30-person staff in Ecuador is often called "La Familia Runa"
because we are so close, supportive, and have such a good time together.


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