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Sustainability Internship

GAIN EXPERIENCE.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
SEE THE WORLD.

Design & deliver a hands-on, personalised Internship in Architecture & Sustainable Building to improve your resume and gain real-world experience, while making a real difference to rural communities in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes.

Help low-income, indigenous communities reclaim their ancestral building techniques to restore and build sustainable housing for all.

Before the industrialisation of construction, local people in the Andes built houses out of the rich clay soils available to them. Now, however, globalization has meant that local people are choosing to build single-skin, concrete buildings. Whilst these are quicker to build and considered more 'modern', they are also colder, more expensive, less ecological and more at risk during an earthquake. In the area, there are hundreds of adobe buildings that have been left to ruin, and as these traditional techniques are lost, so is the cultural heritage captured in the architectural beauty. 

 

We are helping to restore these old buildings to preserve the cultural heritage and provide a future benefits to their owners, such as a much needed income through tourists/volunteers or simply a dignified place for them to live. With support from our experienced team, you will take on a design and/or build project where you will learn about how adobe homes are made in the Andes and help us restore buildings that otherwise may fall into ruin.

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¡Advance Your Career!

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Relying on your qualifications alone might not be enough for you to get the position you want; experience in the field could make the world of difference. Participating in an internship programme provides many career benefits: 1. Job experience 2. Research experience 3. Access to a variety of tasks or departments 4. Mentorship 5. Helps guide career goals 6. Create professional network 7. Build a strong resume 8. Secure good references and recommendations 9. Transition to a permanent job 10. Build confidence

¡Make a Difference!

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Although stunningly beautiful, Bolívar is one of Ecuador’s poorest provinces. There is a high rate of malnutrition, illiteracy and poverty. With few employment opportunities, most high-school graduates quickly leave to the larger cities and the indigenous language and culture is under threat. Most of the rural population work the land for a meagre income, and with the recent rise in living costs and the reduction of fuel subsidies their real wealth has declined further. To make a difference and bring much-needed income into the local economy, we are provide programmes for interns like you and other international visitors. In order to do so, we need suitable accommodation - and what better way than to transform abandoned buildings into charming living spaces that also generate employment in a region with very few opportunities. Your help to restore these old buildings will revive the local area and leave a legacy for future work to improve the lives of low-income, rural communities.

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Travel Abroad on a Internship Placement

¡Travel The World!

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You probably chose to work in sustainability as a means to work in nature and see the world. However, in reality you may have spent more time working at a desk or learning theory than being out in the field. An international placement gives you the chance to experience new places, both during your placement and in your free time - Ecuador is no exception! Within just an hour, you could be swimming in pristine waterfalls, learning about the surrounding indigenous cultures or hiking above the snow line at the foot of the point on earth closest to the sun. Explore these regions as part of your internship and during in your free time. On a weekend, go a bit further to the outdoor adventure paradise of Baños, hike the spectacular crater lake of Quilotoa or visit the beautiful colonial architecture in the capital Quito a UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, spend a week before or after your placement to relax on Ecuador's coastline, dive deep into the Amazon rainforest or see all kinds of wildlife in the Galápagos islands!

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Our stay with El Terreno was so far beyond my expectations. They - and their entire community in Atandahua - embraced us and shared their music, dancing, food, stories, adventures, and work. It is a truly special place.

 

The team are kind, organized, communicative, and inspiring. The work is fun and very fair, the accommodations are comfortable, the community and the group of volunteers is lovely and easy to build friendships within. I highly recommend this project to anyone looking to experience this region in a real way, and to become immersed in a small, hard-working community with a beautiful vision for the future. I will be thinking about all that I learned here for a long time.

Kenzie (USA)

What's Included

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Free Internship Discovery Call
Free Personalised Internship Plan

Flexible Start Date & Duration
Documentation Support for Education Provider
Help to Acquire Academic Funding & Credits 
Support with Travel Logistics
Accommodation in Family Homestay
Cooked Lunches Monday-Thursday
Weekly Mentoring with an Architect or Local Builder
In Person Internship Coordination
Help Engaging with the Local Community
Internship Activities Budget
Open Use of Property for Pilot Projects
Free-Time Activity Recommendations​

Cultural Immersion in Indigenous Communities
Certificate of Completion
Written Personal Reference

4 Weeks for Only $480
¡Just 4 more spaces available!

Application Process

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  1.  Fill out the online interest form

  2. Participate in your discovery call, free of charge

  3. Review your personalised internship plan, free of charge

  4. Place your deposit & confirm your place

  5. Complete any required documents for your education provider

  6. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the Ecuadorian Andes! 

Gain Experience.
Make a Difference.
Travel the World.

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Imagine waking up to the cockerels at dawn as the sun rises over the horizon as you take in Chimborazo volcano over your morning coffee. After breakfast, walk down to meet your mentor, stopping to say hello to the friendly neighbours in the community as they take their cows to pasture.

Spend an hour to talk through your plans with your mentor, deepening your technical knowledge and finding out how to implement it within the local environment. Then take a trip into the colonial city of Guaranda to do some shopping and stop at a café to do some more research. Get back in time for lunch, which you spend with the rest of the team and workers from the local community, sharing stories and learning about the local culture. 

Meet with your coordinator in the afternoon, to plan your pilot project or present your findings to the local community, before joining other interns and volunteers to go and watch the sunset, go out to a local bar/restaurant or simply spend the evening learning more from your host family.

Still not sure what a hands-on in the Ecuadorian Andes would look like? Speak to our team who will create you a personalised internship plan to give you a glimpse into the future, all free of charge.

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