Social Impact Storytelling

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Coordinator | Pamela
Coordinator | Pamela

High­lights

Be an Aliados representative among local and international stakeholders.
Gain Spanish fluency by working with spanish and kichwa speaking team.
Develop soft skills like: intercultural communication, project planning and execution and dealing with uncertainity.
Encourage independent performance as well as team work.
Discover the amazon region: nature, people and culture while working.
Interns will participate in developing “participatory storytelling” social media content (video, photos, text, audio) with our community and farmer partners.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Social Impact Storytelling interns will support in creating engaging and thought-provoking videos and social media content about Aliados’ work in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Participants will highlight the farmers we work with and their point of view, the importance of preserving local biodiversity and the dynamic relationship that exists between the rainforest and the local indigenous populations. Interns will participate in developing “participatory storytelling” content (video, photos, text, audio) with our community and farmer partners. 

Intern activities and responsibilities might include: preparing, editing, updating and creating digital material such as graphics, photos, audio/video clips, text, etc.. Participants are involved in the creation of video or photo projects and promotional publications to present Aliados’ ongoing work on our website and social platforms, as well as promotional material for our different ventures (brand image and websites). Interns will be able to add all created material to their professional portfolio.

Typical day

Typical days are rare when working on the ground for a small non-profit that collaborates with several different actors and projects! Additionally, intern work is designed with progress and needs of the current projects in mind, so this is ever changing. Here are some examples of how different each week can look.  One week you may be staying with a family in a community and learning about their chakras, which are traditionally planted, agro-forestry farms or gardens. These days often start at 7am with early morning farming and harvesting, pausing at 10am due to rain, returning to the chakra after cooking lunch, learning about the sustainable farming practices of the chakra, and ending with a traditional meal with your host family. Another week, you may be staying at the foundation's intern house in Tena and be in the office from 8:30-4:30 collaborating with other interns and staff on independent or team projects. 

Free-time activities

Tena is known for it's world class rivers - for white water kayaking, rafting, canyoning, canoeing, paddle boarding, and swimming. There are also endless hikes to waterfalls, canyons, caves, and communities to explore! 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
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 (basic level)
Required Documents
Resume and Letter of Intent
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in Latin America and/or working in a rural setting desirable
Intermediate Spanish or English proficiency (or a strong motivation to learn quickly before and upon arriving!)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Aliados
*Program fees includes:

- Pre-departure materials and support. 

- Living accommodations in our fully-equipped and beautiful shared intern house (this includes electricity, drinking water, wifi, basic cleaning/laundry services)

- A thorough orientation that addresses risk management, culture shock sypmtoms' and remedies, cross-cultural adaptation skills, intro to history/culture/politics of the region, team-building amongst interns and staff, setting a vision and goals for your experience, and more.  

- 1:1 check-ins every 2 weeks to track goals, check in on health, support with challenges, and provide feedback;

- 24/7 emergency and health support;

- Thorough vetted network of doctors, therapists, Spanish tutors, organizations, etc. in country;

- Provide a space for learning and reflection with other foreigners having a similar experience;

- Re-entry training.

- Alumni group and future references. 

- One week homestay with an indigenous family.

**Travel expenses and food are not included. 

***Homestay includes meals and lodging. 
Accommodation
Our intern accommodation is a spacious 2-story apartment and sleeps up to 10 people. It is located right on the malecon or boardwalk of Tena, and is convenient walking distance to everything in the city. The house has a kitchen, three dorm bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two patio balconies (one with a growing urban garden!), and a beautiful view of the city, river, and surrounding mountains and jungle. It’s a short walk from river swimming spots with an amazing views, and the main town's boardwalk which is a fun place to hang out.  Volunteers and interns are responsible for their own food, but often cook communally. The house is fully equipped with all bedding is provided, water, electricity, WIFI, cleaning services, and everything you need in the kitchen - stove, toaster, pans, cutlery, fridge, etc.

A bilingual (English and Spanish) intern program manager lives nearby and will be happy to help you with any questions or doubts you may have.

Tena is the regional capital of Napo and has around 20,000 inhabitants. Local agriculture consists of corn, yucca, bananas and plantains, all produced for either subsistence or sale at the local market. The only 2 crops grown for exportation are cacao, native cinnamon, and guayusa.

Napo is a region that attracts many tourists who want to experience the Amazon. Puerto Misahualli (Napo province) and Baños (Pastaza province) are popular destinations and especially geared towards tourism. You will not find tourists in Archidona, and only a few in Tena, which makes the immersion in a local environment even more tangible.
Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Double)
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
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 Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Interns welcome all year long. Dates are flexible. Recommended 8 to 12 weeks internships (A minimum of 4 to 6 weeks or longer also possible with visa).

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 25 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,000
8 weeks
$ 1,800
12 weeks
$ 2,600
25 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,200
Average fees
$ 229 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Aliados 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 Aliados during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Social Impact Storytelling

Interns will participate in developing “participatory storytelling” social media content (video, photos, text, audio) with our community and farmer partners.

$229/week

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