Help to protect the Peruvian Amazon by lifting local communities out of Poverty through the power of education
Come to a rural community on the outskirts of the Peruvian Amazon and teach children the skills they need to become the next generation of conservation leaders. With this program you can make a tangible difference in the lives of children whilst helping to bolster protection for the rainforest.
Based in Puerto Inca, Peru, this organization works to protect the rainforest through community development and youth empowerment. Their mission is to supply local communities with education and infrastructure for sustainable development, so providing means of employment that don’t rely on the destruction of the rainforest. They run a range of educational programs from English and German classes to permaculture to business management to creative arts and media. Through this work they not only reduce poverty in the region they equip and financially incentivise the protection of their natural resources.
As an intern, you’ll be involved in these educational programs. Your work will include devising classes, producing teaching materials, and running your own workshops. You’ll work closely with the community, teaching both children and adults, and building close relationships with your students. There’ll also be the opportunity for cultural exchange. During your time in the community, you’ll get to learn about local customs and traditions, myths and legends about the jungle, and Peruvian cuisine.
This is a conservation-focused NGO based on the outskirts of the Peruvian Amazon working to protect the rainforest through youth empowerment and community development. They have a series of goals aimed to reduce poverty and drive sustainable development in the local region including improving education for children for the area, teaching English skills, and creating infrastructure for tourism. They believe that by building skills and creating new job opportunities, they can curtail activities that harm the rainforest and incentivize its conservation.
TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
You’ll spend most of your days in the classroom. You can work on programs in English, German, construction and gardening, creative arts and media, permaculture, business management, or their kids explorer (scouts) course. Your responsibilities will be helping to develop and support curriculums on your choice of program, then running workshops independently.
What you’ll do
- Helping to devise and improve curriculums
- Creating teaching materials
- Independently running workshops
- Organizing games and social activities for the children
- Taking children out on nature expeditions and other educational trips
- Acting as an international ambassador and behavioral role model
- Depending on choice of program you’ll also have the chance to take part in marketing and content creation campaigns or reforestation projects
- Teaching experience isn’t required but is preferred
- Fluency in chosen language depending on choice of program (TEFL is not required but preferred)
- Survival, navigation, and first aid skills for the kids explorer program
- Strong communication skills and self confidence
- Flexibility and problem solving skills
- Cultural awareness
- Experience with social media and content creation is a bonus
- Intermediate Spanish language skills
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
You’ll be based in Puerto Inca in the Huánuco region of Peru. This is an area of stunning natural beauty situated along the Sira Mountains in the Amazon Rainforest and bisected by the Pachitea River. The majority of the population lives off farming but deep within the jungle native communities still upholding their customs and traditions can be found too. As well as its extraordinary biodiversity, the area is famed for a number of geological and archaeological sites you can visit during your internship.
Interns stay in a cabin in Puerto Inca. You’ll have all the basic amenities like showers, long drop compost toilets, beds with mosquito nets, WIFI, and a cooking facilities where you can cook for yourself. This is very basic accommodation with limited resources, so this program is best suited to interns accustomed to a more stripped back way of life.
DATES & RATES
Internship start on a Monday and it’s recommended to arrive on weekends, so you can explore Puerto Incas before you start your internship on Monday. Start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with you during the selection process.
What you’ll pay (2023 rates)
3-6 months USD 1,602
Longer stays are possible at an additional fee for every extra month.
What you are paying for:
- Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
- Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
- Shared accommodation in one of the cabins in Puerto Inca with access to basic amenities, WIFI, and cooking facilities.
- Transfer from/to the airport of Pucallpa or bus station (ride from Pucallpa to Puerto
Inca takes 3 hours approximately)
- Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
- An orientation program with your supervisor
- Supervision and support during your internship
- Regular check-ins and feedback from your supervisor
- Activities: five trips to different spots in the rainforest including camping trip as well as fruit picking and an artisanal making chocolate workshop
- Access to workshops with a focus on career development
- Troubleshooting if needed
- A reference letter at the end of your internship
- Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- Daily transport
- Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
- Costs for additional excursions or activities
|Puerto Inca, Peru|
|Curriculum development, Workshops, Education|
|Min. 3-6 months|
|From USD 1,602|
- Gain international teaching experience in a nonprofit context
- Experience the challenges of education in a rural, underdeveloped area
- Build close relationships with the local community
- Choose from a selection of courses to work on
- Live and Work in the Peruvian Amazon
HOW TO APPLY
If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:
Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.
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