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Sustainability Internship


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

Help to identify the key development needs and opportunities for low-income Andean communities while preserving their culture.

Guaranda is one of Ecuador's poorest regions. Most of the indigenous people, which make up almost half of the population, live in rural communities where poverty is over 40%. 500 years after the Spanish colonization, globalization has the potential to be the final nail in the coffin of these historic cultures, as many young people are moving to the cities to support their families and the native language (Kichwa) is at risk of extinction.

For your internship, we will help you specify an area of interest for your study and help you build relationships with the local communities. Your research has the potential to provide the crucial understanding that could help communities preserve and regenerate their culture while enabling them to become part of the global community in the 21st century.

Agriculture Study Abroad Traineeship with Indigenous Communities

Recommended by Previous Participants

¡Advance Your Career!


Gain more anthropology experience with the support of trained mentors to expand your knowledge and build your confidence. 

Now more than ever, employers are looking for a resume with diverse experiences, certificates and strong references that an internship provides.

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¡Make a Difference!


This unique Andean culture is at risk of fading away due to internalised oppression and migrate as people search of a better life.

¡Travel The World!


Why study from behind a desk when you could be experiencing new countries and cultures at the same time? During your placement, explore Ecuador's diverse landscapes and cultures - making memories that will last a lifetime!

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¿Ready for the Next Step?

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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 Discovery Call & Plan
Flexible Start Date & Duration
Educational Documentation Support
Pre-Arrival & Travel Support
Shared Accommodation with 
(Family Homestay also Available) 
Lunches Monday to Thursday
Weekly Professional Learning/Mentoring
In-Person Coordination
Materials Budget
Cultural Immersion
Free-Time Recommendations
Certificate of Completion
Written Reference

Only $120 / week


(Minimum Stay 4 Weeks)

Additional Services

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Private Room within a Local Family Homestay
Group or 1:1 Spanish Classes
Private Transfer from Quito / Airport
Additional Professional Mentoring Sessions

¡Design Your Internship!

Application Process

  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.

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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