Host organization: K'allam'p
Location: Cotacachi, Ecuador
K’allam’p Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to regenerative agriculture, social ecology, and comprehensive resource management. The word "k'allam'p" has been used for thousands of years by the Kichwa peoples of the Andes to describe the relationship between social knowledge and the land.
As an intern, you'll research and analyze existing farming certifications and ecosystem metrics to better understand the impacts of choosing one over the other for small Local, Indigenous, and Descendant (LID) farmers.
The focus will be on critical areas for ecosystem sustainability, such as biodiversity, water quality, community well-being, and socio-environmental justice. The internship suits those interested in climate technology solutions, long-term research collaboration, transdisciplinary studies, culture, and climate-smart agriculture.
Interested students may take Kichwa private language classes. You may also apply for partial funding of language classes from LACS.
All Global Interns receive an award totaling at least $3,000 for airfare, transportation, and living expenses. A portion of the stipend may be paid directly to the in-country host to support housing, food, and local transportation.