Company : El Terreno: Cultual Exchange Centre
Location : Atandahua, Guaranda, Ecuador
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 500 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)
Design & deliver a hands-on, personalised Internship in Sustainable Agriculture & Ecology to develop your resume and gain real-world experience, while making a real difference to rural communities in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes.
Help low-income communities transition from agrochemicals use & deforestation, towards profitable, regenerative agriculture.
Design and deliver a unique internship based on your career aspirations and local needs, supported by an experienced international team.
Advance your career, develop your skills, and improve your résumé through a hands-on project with 1:1 mentoring from a professional in the field.
Make a meaningful difference to low-income populations who lack the education, support, and resources to make the changes themselves.
Immerse yourself in another culture and experience a different way of life through family homestays, cultural activities, and life in a small rural community.
Set off on adventures and make lifetime memories with other interns and volunteers – climb mountains, hike through the jungle, and explore indigenous communities.
Ecuador is the most biodiverse country in the world per square km, and the province of Bolívar has ecosystems ranging from highland deserts to the coastal tropical forests.
However expanding agriculture results in vast deforestation and biodiversity loss, while agrochemical dependency is destroying the soil and contaminating the rivers. As rural poverty is at 40% and inequitable value chains leaves them with with little reward, things are unlikely to change in current circumstances.
There are viable and sustainable solutions to address these challenges, and the increasing global cost of fertilisers has created an opportune moment for change.
However, the implementation of these solutions requires proven methods to build trust with farmers and demonstrate how sustainable practices can lead to increased income while restoring ecosystems.
Through research projects, community gardens, regenerative agriculture workshops and visits to pioneering local projects, you can help reintroduce sustainable farming practices and foster the restoration of depleted ecosystems.
Interested in developing your career while making a meaningful impact in low-income communities?
"A Wonderful Cultural Exchange Experience from Beginning to End!"
"One of the best parts of this experience was having the best of both worlds culturally: on one hand, you’re able to live in a less-touristy part of Ecuador and immerse yourself in Ecuadorian culture, but on the other hand, you don’t feel completely like a fish out of water.
My internship involved interacting and collaborating with various stakeholders, from the teachers to the parents. By the end of internship, I felt that I had made a meaningful contribution. I enjoyed my time in the homestay practicing my Spanish and learning about Ecuadorian culture.
The community of volunteers and interns has also found a special place in my heart. Whatever your reason for looking into El Terreno - it turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. I'm very grateful the universe had led me there."
- Isabela from the USA (Ecology & Sustainable Agriculture)
Schedule your free discovery call and begin co-creating your personalised internship in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Flexible - all year round.
$145 per week (when booked before January 2024)
We are a small independent organisation and receive no external funds for our programme and therefore there is a cost to the programme, which is used to exclusively to deliver you the best internship programme possible!
No specific requirements, though better suited to those with a passion and some experience in building and architecture.
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