Interns learn about our organization’s development philosophy and practice, designed to train rural communities in the task of their own development. Living with homestay families and working side-by-side with local community members in Central America, interns form lasting relationships and experience the transformative power of cross-cultural collaborations based on mutual respect. Those supporting our administrative efforts get key insights into the workings of an international NGO.
From Homework to Fieldwork
Interns work directly in our ongoing rural development programs, such as construction, reforestation, food security, gaining an awareness of the real and lasting impact they are making while supporting our team and using their coursework as tools for transformation.
Local Guides & Local Knowledge
Interns are mentored and guided by our experienced staff members with the support of local experts that strengthen their skills, facilitate introspective reflection, and build community.
Stay for as little as a few weeks, or as long as a few months. Interns work with our staff in the office, developing a plan of action in their chosen project area, followed by fieldwork in the rural communities, working side by side with community members. Interns spend the first part of the day diving into historic and cultural activities followed by an afternoon of participating in our rural projects.
Nine years ago, Margarita joined the Aristides-Sanchez Community Board to become an active participant in her community. Margarita described the community board, dominated by men, as one that discriminated against women, barred them from opportunities, and whose work was not recognized or valued.Continue reading >
In an effort to create long-term solutions, ViviendasLeón is proposing a project that includes composting toilets at a rural school. The design addresses the challenges of unreliable water for flushing toilets and collects rainwater for important hygiene uses.Continue reading >