[Remote] Renewable Energy Internship

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founded in 2013
EcoSwell
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Coordinator | Michael
Coordinator | Michael
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High­lights

Enhance your CV and gain professional experience managing sustainable projects in an international development NGO, having a real positive impact on a vulnerable community.
Work alongside experienced & passionate people from a range of disciplines & backgrounds.
Learn from our educational webinars given by our Directors on topics including: NGO/social enterprise creation and management, marketing and outreach, research techniques and more.
Contribute directly to the work of a development organisation while working from anywhere in the world.
Work on designing and implementing sustainable renewable energy initiatives to improve the lives of people in Peruvian vulnerable communities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

EcoSwell is a surfing-inspired sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability. We develop environmental, educational, infrastructure, and socio-economic projects working hand in hand with local communities and international interns.

Lobitos is a semi-rural community that suffers from regular blackouts and power cuts. Moreover, energy costs are the highest monthly expense of families that are struggling to get out of poverty. EcoSwell’s renewable energy projects work to combat these issues by providing sustainably sourced energy which is accessible to the more deprived groups within the community. So far we have:

  • Installed a 2500W solar panel system at the artisanal Fisherman’s Guild Community Hall in 2016 to harness energy from the year-round desert sunshine, thus reducing their operating costs and generating important income for their organization.

  • Constructed a solar distiller to desalinate seawater and provide clean water for the local community. Lobitos is located in an arid desert landscape, therefore clean water is not readily available naturally and the supply of clean water from the nearby city of Talara fluctuates. This project aims to potentially expand to more units to provide reliable clean water for even more people in the community.

  • We are currently working on a wind turbine for the Lobitos Medical Post. The blackouts mean that the vaccines stored in fridges expire when they are not kept chilled. The strong winds, especially during the winter months, will provide a readily available backup source of energy at the medical post, thus giving the local community consistent access to vital vaccinations. 

We are in need of hard-working interns with an interest and/or background knowledge/experience in renewables to help us in the implementation of these projects.

Typical day

As a renewables virtual volunteer intern at EcoSwell, you will be given ownership of the projects, directly co-managing our sustainable energy initiatives. The daily activities will vary depending on the progress and stage we are at each project. The online activities for this project may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Feasibility studies 

  • Research into new sustainability solutions 

  • Data monitoring and/or analysis 

  • Report and/or grant/funding writing 


In addition, you'll be able to take part in webinars and the following online educational seminars, given by our Directors: 

  • NGO/Social enterprise creation and management 
  • OutReach and Business Development 
  • Marketing (digital and promotional) 
  • Sustainability perspectives from a local "on the ground" development organisation 
  • International environmental and social sustainability standards 

Current projects include: 

  • Designing renewable energy solutions and implementing any add-ons or improvements to the existing systems.

  • Leading research and coming up with relevant mechanical and electrical solutions in the construction of wind turbines, solar distillers and other potential renewable energy devices.

  • You will work directly with the directors to manage the budgets of materials required.

  • Learn from our educational seminars given by our Directors on topics including: NGO/social enterprise creation and management, marketing and outreach, research techniques and more.

  • Getting involved in the upkeep of the projects.

  • Carrying out crowdfunding campaigns to raise funds for the implementation of more energy projects.


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 (fluently) or Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Engineering, Geography, Business/Marketing, International Development, Conservation at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This volunteer internship is open to all disciplines, but is most suited for those interested in or have experience in renewable energy. Undergraduates/postgraduates, PhDs and/or professionals are all welcome. However, we do also ask for:

- A background or personal motivation in engineering, electronics, renewable energy systems, sustainable development.
- Experience/motivation to work as part of a team.
- Open mind, positive attitude and will to learn!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by EcoSwell
You can volunteer between 2 weeks and 14 weeks. Please note that for our online program we require a financial contribution as can be seen above. 

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 upon with EcoSwell during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Captain FAP Victor Montes Arias Airport (TYL) in Talara. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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 Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This research internship is available all year round and you can join us any time. However, we do ask that you stay with us for a minimum of 2 weeks in order to have enough time to conduct sufficient research, make an impact and get the most out of the experience. 

As this is an online internship, you will be able to volunteer remotely using a laptop, tablet or computer from anywhere in the world.

Due to the situation with COVID-19, we are offering these online volunteer internships, in addition to our in-person positions, at a reduced financial contribution.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 14 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$771
3 weeks
$1,137
4 weeks
$1,517
5 weeks
$1,846
7 weeks
$2,584
9 weeks
$3,177
14 weeks (max. stay)
$4,717
Average fees
$361 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. EcoSwell 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 EcoSwell during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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[Remote] Renewable Energy Internship

Work on designing and implementing sustainable renewable energy initiatives to improve the lives of people in Peruvian vulnerable communities.

$361/week

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