Location: Talara, Peru
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 6 months
Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability
Cost: from $1180 USD for the first 2 weeks + from $423 for each week thereafter – see Costs tab for further details
- Gain personal hands-on experience working with a growing Peruvian NGO.
- Work alongside experienced & passionate professionals and local communities.
- Live and work in a north Peru surfing hot-spot.
- Ideal for those studying NGO Management and/or looking for a career in the NGO sector.
- Keywords: NGO management & administration, field research, sustainable development, community development, serious internship.
During this internship, you will be working with a surfing-inspired sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability, improving the quality of life of their inhabitants. The NGO develops educational, infrastructure, environmental, social and economic productivity projects working hand in hand with local communities and with international volunteers/interns. They take a “shared value” approach, working with the private, public, academic sectors and other NGOs, to come up with relevant and lasting sustainable solutions. The approach towards sustainability consists of three pillars:
– Nature conservation;
– Social justice; and
– Economic wellbeing for all.
The NGO currently operates in a coastal northern town and surfing hotspot, which has seen an increase in uncontrolled tourism over the last 15 years. As a result of the town’s lack of infrastructure, lack of communication between stakeholders and lack of integrated development programmes, this tourism is giving rise to various environmental, social and economic risks to the town’s long-term sustainability and wellbeing. The NGO is working to change this through a variety of projects from distinct disciplines, but needs all the help they can get. The organisation runs many different initiatives and at times finds itself thinly stretched. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable international development experience on how to run an NGO in a developing region, turning you into an agent of change, in a time when you are very much needed.
Ongoing day-to-day activities include but are not limited to the following initiatives/projects. Interns will be able to take part in several of these activities listed below (depending on their skills) once they have been accepted into our programme.
Tide and Swell Charts Project
This project consists of providing the fishermen of Lobitos with scientific information regarding their labour on a weekly basis, in order for them to plan ahead and optimize their productivity. Your participation in this project may include workshops with the fisherman, preparation of tide and wave size charts, research (fieldwork and data analysis) and the creation of new information tools to increase productivity. You will work together with the NGO staff and assist in the implementation of the various projects’ aspects.
Once every two weeks the NGO joins the Fisherman Association for conjoined workshops where current projects and new collaboration possibilities are discussed, as well as organizational strategies for the community. These workshops require your assistance for the preparation of creative dynamics and the logistics required to implement them.
Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
An important component in project design is information. Research helps develop projects more accurately in covering the community’s needs while avoiding conflict among its members. Depending on your skills and experience, participation in this periodical activity may consist of:
- Survey and interview design, fieldwork (requires fluent Spanish)
- Data analysis and report writing
- Participation in internal workshops to improve current projects
Permaculture project maintenance
The NGO team is currently piloting basic permaculture techniques (water re-use, gardening) to reduce the organization’s impact on the Lobitos’ environment. These techniques are implemented in the vicinity of the NGO house where interns are housed and require constant attention and maintenance.
The NGO constantly spends time with the local community and actively participates in communal activities, such as assisting fishermen in docking their boats for maintenance or helping other local NGOs set up and execute public events. This engagement is crucial for your placement experience as it gives you the opportunity to share with community members in their everyday environment and learn from the other organizations with which the NGO works.
The many activities that occur on a daily basis within the NGO headquarters (intern activities, project design & implementation, marketing activities, etc.) can often be a little daunting to manage without proper logistics. As an NGO management intern, you will be able to support the organization by running errands that are necessary for the fluidity of the daily operations. Tasks may include: organizing documents, data entry, printing, errands in Talara City (buying equipment, food, etc), delivering messages, picking up packages, etc.
Marketing – traditional and digital
Travel & Accommodation
You will be met at the local airport in Talara and transferred directly to the project location.
Throughout your placement you will be living in comfortable accommodation at the NGO headquarters with access to an office workplace and resources, fully equipped kitchen, shared bathroom and shared bedrooms, access to clean water, electricity and Internet (99% of the time). The house also has a shared living room/chill-out space with a DVD-player.
All meals are included during your stay (excluding restaurant meals). Peruvian cuisine is considered as one of the best in the world and is also generally very healthy, incorporating lots of fruits and fresh produce.
- Minimum age 18.
- Minimum 2-week commitment.
- Intermediate to fluent Spanish (proficiency is preferable but not required).
- Experience working away from home.
- Ability to be flexible.
- Positive attitude (this one is critical!).
- Willingness to learn and work as part of a team.
- Genuine interest in sustainable development & NGO Management.
- Relevant academic background.
- Determination, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment.
- Travel & medical insurance.
- Necessary vaccinations and visas.
Accommodation with us is optional. You are also free to rent an apartment nearby if you do not wish to stay at our volunteer guesthouse. Enquire with us when applying.
|Cost per week||Total Project Fee|
|First 2 weeks||$465||$1180|
* Currency in USD
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** $250 admin fee included
**** 30% deposit required to confirm place.
Project Fee includes food, accommodation, local transfers, 24-hour in-country support, orientation and integration into the project.
What’s not included:
Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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