NGO Management Internship in Peru
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.
The on-going activities are listed below. For these roles, interns need to comply with the following prerequisites:
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
Proficient in Spanish (preferable but not required)
On-going 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 project 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 between 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 in 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 NGO’s 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 the NGO works with.
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
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