[Remote] Water & Sanitation Internship

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founded in 2013
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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 but not limited to: international development, NGO/social enterprise creation and management, marketing and outreach.
Your financial contribution will fund EcoSwell's projects and also sponsor a poor family affected by COVID19 with food during your placement. In sign of appreciation, a tree is planted in your name.
Learn and practice Spanish.
EcoSwell needs virtual volunteers to help develop sanitation initiatives such as dry toilets and wastewater treatment projects in northern Peru. 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.

Water is a scarce resource in Lobitos. Many families do not have access to flushing toilets and the local sewer system has been collapsed for years, exposing open drainage points that threaten the health of the local community. Therefore, there is an urgent need for alternative sewage treatment and disposal methods. As an organization we have been working to improve the sanitation conditions here in Lobitos:

  • In 2015 we installed a biodigester at the artisanal Fisherman’s Guild, making the fishermen empowered leaders of this change. The biodigester treats wastewater and reuses it for irrigation purposes.

  • The construction of our dry toilet was completed in March 2018 which helps us to save water whilst producing fertiliser for the garden plants. In one year this unit has saved around 18,700 litres of freshwater and has produced around 800 litres of organic fertilizer (compost) for our reforestation efforts. We hope to make this dry sanitation widely available to the community in Lobitos through the construction of more public toilets.

  • We have developed a pilot desalination unit (Solar Distiller) for turning seawater into freshwater and are constantly improving it to turn it into a practical and viable solution for water access.

  • We are implementing bio-remediation/phytoremediation techniques using special plants (vetiver, Chrysopogon zizanioides) floating hydroponically to treat wastewater spills.

  • We are carrying out research into potential uses of groundwater as alternative water sources for reforestation and community use.

We need hard-working volunteer interns with a strong interest and/or background knowledge in water management and sanitation to support us with these ongoing projects in northern Peru by taking part in our online volunteer internship program.

Typical day

As a water & sanitation volunteer intern at EcoSwell, you will be given ownership of the projects, working alongside the community and the EcoSwell team. The daily activities will vary depending on the progress and stage we are at of 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 
  • Reports 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 projects include: 

  • Water Treatment

Besides the Solar Distiller, we are currently implementing the vetiver system (a special grass capable of water/soil treatment) to contain and removing toxicities & pathogens from wastewater spills which are prevalent in the towns of Piedritas and Lobitos where we work. Interns can get involved with the research into more floating hydroponic devices for vetiver (pontoons) and other water treatment initiatives and technologies like solar distillers & biodigesters. 

  • Groundwater 

Volunteer interns will also be able to get involved with our ongoing groundwater research for community use in Lobitos, as well as plan and design potential applications.

Free-time activities

Our online program is flexible, volunteers can work on their tasks during their own time. Schedules would be set with your EcoSwell supervisor.

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
Environmental Science, Engineering, Geography, Business/Marketing, International Development, Medicine and 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 and/or have academic or professional experience in sanitation initiatives and sustainable development. However, we do also 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 in the above fees depending on the length of your participation.

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 online 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 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] Water & Sanitation Internship

EcoSwell needs virtual volunteers to help develop sanitation initiatives such as dry toilets and wastewater treatment projects in northern Peru.

$361/week

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