[Remote] Research Internship

Non-profit
·
founded in 2013
EcoSwell
Ask A Question
Coordinator | Michael
Coordinator | Michael
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.

High­lights

Learn from our educational webinars given by our Directors on topics including but not limited to: international development, NGO/social enterprise creation and management, research techniques.
Receive ongoing guidance throughout the research process from our experienced team; from before you start, during your volunteer internship with us and when you get back to university afterwards.
Enhance your CV and gain professional experience managing sustainable projects in an international development NGO, having a real and positive impact on a vulnerable community.
Carry out a successful and impactful research project working alongside experienced & passionate people from a range of disciplines.
Carry out your undergraduate/postgraduate research or support us in our ongoing research projects! 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 volunteer interns.

As a multidisciplinary academic team, we not only carry out our own social and scientific projects that we constantly need support with, but we also welcome interns from universities around the world to carry out their own bachelors/masters/PhD research with us. Volunteer interns are welcomed to develop their own research project as part of their application if it can be aligned with EcoSwell’s work and focus. Keep reading for more information on this volunteer internship!






Typical day

As an online research volunteer intern at EcoSwell, you will be given ownership of the research projects, working alongside members of the community and the EcoSwell team. The daily activities will vary depending on whether you are conducting your own research or supporting EcoSwell with a current 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/fund 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 research projects include: 

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Impact Research

This research project aims to quantify the impact that EcoSwell has on the local community in relation to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Interns are needed to help conceptualise the methodology. 

  • Surfonomics

As a surfing paradise with world-class waves, Lobitos attracts beginner to advanced surfers from all over the world. As a result, the tourism industry is growing rapidly and will need to be effectively managed in the future. As a result, Surfonomics studies work to determine the economic value of waves to coastal communities, so that these communities can make beneficial, informed decisions regarding coastal protection. Analyzing this data will allow EcoSwell and its affiliates to put a quantitative value to the waves of Lobitos, which will better enable their protection and potentially have Lobitos be declared a World Surfing Reserve. Volunteer interns may be required to carry out data analysis using SPSS statistical software and report writing based on surveys conducted with tourists and surfers in 2018/2019.

  • Groundwater research

After winning a research grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering-UK (RAEng) by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), EcoSwell has been conducting groundwater research in Lobitos in partnership with UK universities. This study aims to investigate the extent & quality of groundwater resources in the region that could potentially be sustainably tapped into, managed and used for reforestation irrigation or potentially human consumption by local communities. Virtual interns are needed to support the EcoSwell team in analysis of qualitative and quantitative data that has been collected and in report writing.

  • Business Plans / Market Research

Project 1:

Developing a business plan for bird watching ecotourism in the equatorial dry forest, one of the most endangered forests in the world. The long-term goal is to provide an economic alternative to illegal logging of a poor settlement located in EcoSwell’s zone of influence. The students would develop a business plan alongside the local community who are striving for greater equality and therefore lead the reforestation projects. This project will have a huge impact on the lives of the locals, the species that will be saved in preserving the forest and will help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Project 2:

Provide entrepreneurial and creative knowledge to local farmers running small farms and cheese production businesses. Volunteer interns will assist locals to consolidate ideas and create a business plan.

Project 3:

Conduct market research into how local fisherman can increase the productivity of their catch. Local fishermen use lines and nets so they don’t harm the environment but are at threat from trawlers and illegal fishing.

  • Your own research: Dissertations (Bachelors, Masters, PhD)

Create an appropriate research methodology for your own academic research as a part of your university studies which would be applicable to Lobitos and the work that we do. We have received many interns from various world class universities who have carried out successful socio-economic and scientific fieldwork projects as part of their degrees with us. 


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 (basic level)
Education Requirements
Environmental issues / renewable energy, engineering, economic development, business consulting / entrepreneurship, land, wildlife and natural resource management / conservation, operational management, program design and evaluation, research / community studies 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/have experience in data analysis, research and sustainable development. Undergraduates, postgraduates, PhDs and/or professionals are all welcome. However, we do ask for:

- 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 detailed 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.

Why book with Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if EcoSwell cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by EcoSwell.

What are people saying about Volunteer World?

[Remote] Research Internship

Carry out your undergraduate/postgraduate research or support us in our ongoing research projects!

$361/week

You might be also interested in

[Remote] Water & Sanitation Internship Lobitos, Peru EcoSwell
EcoSwell needs virtual volunteers to help develop sanitation initiatives such as dry toilets and wastewater treatment projects in northern Peru.
[Remote] Renewable Energy Internship Lobitos, Peru EcoSwell
Work on designing and implementing sustainable renewable energy initiatives to improve the lives of people in Peruvian vulnerable communities.
[Remote] Reforestation Internship Lobitos, Peru EcoSwell
Over 90% of the equatorial dry forest has been degraded, making it one of the most endangered forests in the world. Help conserve this endangered ecosystem.
[Remote] NGO Management Intern Lobitos, Peru EcoSwell
Learn how to run a sustainable development NGO operating in the northern town of Lobitos, whilst improving the local environment and quality of life of residents.
Research Internship (In-person) Lobitos, Peru EcoSwell
Come to northern Peru to carry out your undergraduate/postgraduate research or support us in our ongoing research projects!
Medical Elective Lobitos, Peru EcoSwell
We need medical students and qualified doctors to help us in Lobitos, Peru with giving medical support and working with public health education initiatives.
Brochure

Why am I seeing this?

You requested a page that doesn't exist on this site any more. This could be caused by a link you followed that was out of date, by a typing in the wrong address in the address bar, or simply because the post has been deleted.

Take Me Home