Environmental Education Intern

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founded in 2010
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High­lights

Break free from your classroom routine and gain hands-on experience alongside award-winning education experts.
Help improve the education for Paraguyan children, who are exposed to one of the worst primary education systems in the world with virtually no environmental or life sciences in the curriculum.
Make lifelong friends from all over the world that are just as passionate about education and conservation as you are, while gaining insights into the open and laid-back Paraguayan culture.
Contribute to long-term conservation in a country with a record of extreme habitat loss.
Boost your resume and kick-start your career!
Gain hands-on experience in education, while making a real difference in the world and contributing to long-term conservation of highly endangered habitats in Paraguay. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About Para La Tierra

Fundación Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of fragile habitats in Paraguay. Our vision is to change the course of Paraguayan environmentalism by inspiring people to appreciate the value of nature. We are working together with the Paraguayan government, local community members, national and international NGOs, and national and international volunteers and interns to protect Paraguay’s unique environment.

Para La Tierra achieves this mission through three primary programs: Scientific Research, Community Engagement, and Environmental Education.

We founded our Eco-Club program Voces de la Naturaleza in 2015 in order to transform the way that Paraguayan youth learn about their environment. Our curriculum is centred on our 3-C’s System. We believe that through Creativity, Curiosity, and a Connection to Nature we can provide our club members with the soft skills they need to become Eco Leaders, that is growing adults who instigate action for the benefit of the community that supports them and the environment that surrounds them.

Throughout the past 7 years, our Voces de la Naturaleza program has grown into a network of 36 Eco-Clubs that spans 8 states of Paraguay. Led by volunteer facilitators, our clubs provide a safe space for hundreds of children (aged 7-14) to engage their creativity and learn about the natural world.

About the Environmental Education Internship position:

We are looking for passionate interns who can stay for at least 3 months to help kick start our newest Eco-Club Initiative. We host a myriad of different activities that are still developing alongside our community’s needs. This means that no two days of your stay will be the same.

This program offers a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in education, while making a real difference in the world.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning lessons, games, and activities aimed at children aged 7-16
  • Be creative in coming up with new ideas to actively involve children in fun and educative activities
  • Contributing to the overall design of the curriculum
  • Leading activities, assisting in lessons, and chaperoning groups on excursions
  • Interacting with Paraguayan children in a variety of settings (1-on-1, as a teacher in front of a class, as a tutor or assistant to small groups, as a group leader, etc).
  • Cleaning up and organizing materials before and after events
  • Serving as an ambassador for the PLT Eco-Club during all external events

Typical day

Daily activities will vary depending on your internship focus area, season, local events, and other factors. You will be expected to take part in the eco-clubs in Pilar, which normally take place on Saturdays from 9.00-11.30 and 15.00-17.30. Apart from that, you will have a lot of freedom when designing your schedule during the week.

Free-time activities

The quaint city of Pilar is the capital of Ñeembucú, tucked away in a quiet corner of Paraguay. The lively plaza of Pilar, only three blocks from PLT, offers the great opportunity to directly jump into Paraguayan culture: meeting point to most Pilarenses, you will be able to watch one of the many cultural performances that are organised regularly at night or join the locals in drinking a refreshing Tereré. Another two blocks from our home, the rivers Río Paraguay and the Arroyo Ñeembucú that encircle Pilar offer multiple free time activities: The newly built Costanera along the Río Paraguay invites you to watch breathtaking sunsets over Argentina or join the Pilarenses in their evening walks and runs. Along the Arroyo Ñeembucú you can find a variety of nice little beaches to soak up the sun and jump in the cool water, a definite must during the hot summer months! With the regular ferries across the Río Paraguay, Argentina is only a 30-min boat ride away and weekend trips to Resistencia or Corrientes a fun adventure. Regular buses to Asunción and Encarnacion offer opportunities to spend some time in bigger cities or to travel to one of the 7 Natural World Wonders, the Iguazú Falls at the intersection of Paraguay, Argentina and Brasil.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• Experience in education or camp counselling
• Experience working in developing countries (preferred)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Para La Tierra

Para La Tierra charges interns to cover costs of room and board. The price includes all living costs during their stay with us and a personal pick-up upon arriving. Interns receive three meals a day, unlimited coffee, tea, yerba mate and diluting juice, as well as a bed in shared accommodation with hot showers and access to WiFi. It also includes organized activities & trips for our interns such as barbeques, game nights, beach trips and much more.

The fee further covers assistance with project development and execution, the use of PLT’s scientific equipment, transportation to field sites, administrative costs associated with the stay, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects.

Weekly basis pro rata payments are accepted in special cases. There is a 25% discount for South American nationals.

Accommodation
Interns will stay in our Centro IDEAL, with dorms between 2 - 7 interns and volunteers. All rooms have closet space, electricity outlets, and WIFI (reaches most places in the house). Rooms offer either an en-suite bathroom or bathrooms across the corridor with hot-water showers.
Our lovely cleaning ladies provide basic cleaning services and fresh bed linen once a week. They will also do your laundry on three laundry days a week for 20.000 Guaraní per bag (~$3)
Centro IDEAL offers a big lounge area with a pool table and a private bar, run by our staff, as well as a backyard where we have meals together and where you can soak up some sun.

Smaller shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are within 300 m walking distance. Bigger shops and more restaurants can be reached by a 15-min walk or a 5 min-bike ride.

For an extra 20% you can book a private room.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
We offer three varied meals a day at 7 days a week. Interns can prepare their own breakfast with utensils provided which include oats, fruits, bread, jam, dulce de leche, coffee, tee, milk, and eggs for Sundays. Lunch and dinner are prepared by our two cooks Delia and Rocio and consist of a mix of Paraguayan and international food. They will cater to most dietary requirements and preferences, so don't hesitate to ask!
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU) in Asuncion. We assist you to find cheap flights to Paraguay.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Paraguay provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Paraguay you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Paraguay.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The application period is rolling and there are no start or end dates, so the trip can be organized to suit your schedule and your project. You must be available to stay for a minimum of three months.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
12 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
$3,385
13 weeks
$3,599
14 weeks
$3,813
15 weeks
$4,027
19 weeks
$4,883
27 weeks
$6,595
50 weeks (max. stay)
$11,517
Average fees
$256 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Para La Tierra will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Para La Tierra during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Environmental Education Intern

Gain hands-on experience in education, while making a real difference in the world and contributing to long-term conservation of highly endangered habitats in Paraguay.

$256/week

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