Job Location: Tena, Ecuador
Employment Date: Semester long
Work Schedule: Full-time
Association markets unique Amazon handcrafts, organic cocoa beans, and
free trade chocolate in over ten countries, spanning four continents.
This coalition of over 1500 artisans (representing 760 families) set out
to establish economic alternatives to rain forest destruction/logging
practices in the communities of the Napo Province, located within the
Ecuadorian Amazon. The goal is to increase family incomes without
sacrificing natural resources. In addition, the cooperative has proven
to be an excellent mechanism for inspiring Kichwa youth to learn and
practice traditional harvesting, weaving and carving techniques and the
international markets for organic cocoa have motivated the Kichwa people
to control their own markets and improve the quality of their products.
Association currently sells over $100,000 per year of organically
produced agricultural products, such as cacoa, and original crafts
(jewelry, accessories and home decorating accents). It needs to access
additional markets, undertake innovative business research and develop
attractive promotional strategies for use in North America and Europe.
· This internship offers interns a great deal of freedom as well as responsibility.
Therefore, interns need to be very self-motivated and innovative. The
Kallari Association Development coordinator and elected Association
Leaders will give interns general guidance about their work plans and
products, but will not provide oversight on a daily basis. Serious
candidates should read the book Good to Great
prior to arrival. Interns are required to present their work to the Kallari Association prior to the end of their internship.
· Interns will focus on one or more of the following project areas:
· Product development improvement
of production of high quality, organic, fair trade chocolate (March -
July is the cocoa production season) ; development of handcrafts and
fiber apparel; development of ecotourism programs
· Business development
(helping Kichwa communities understand international markets, assist
with the development of their business activities, research potential
distribution links, process organic certification); Development of
marketing materials (packaging, web design, brochures, business cards,
writing magazine articles, etc.); Research potential markets in North
America and Europe
· Conduct Environmental Impact Studies
· Community development (work with communities to find economic alternatives to rain forest destruction and to preserve their cultural traditions)
that recent interns have engaged in: develop a business plan for
Kallari to grow their chocolate and cacao incomes [By channelling more
of their cacao harvest into processed chocolate, the rural organization
has an opportunity for fourfold income over simply selling their raw
material on the commodity markets]; community extension work visits;
tree nursery work; plant transport; chocolate production, transportation
and sales; loan application for the organization; work with leaders to
approximate their harvest and do production flow plans to accomodate
their cash flow needs; etc.
abilities include: production of high quality chocolate or other
gourmet foods, handcraft production, ecotourism experience, business or
marketing experience, web-site construction, web marketing, graphic
design, familiarity with Adobe Illustrator. Interns need to be very
self-motivated, flexible and willing to adapt to the indigenous culture
Language Ability Needed: Completion of 2nd year university level Spanish (minimum). More preferred.
Duration of Internship: 10 weeks to 6 months
Internship found at: http://ie3global.ous.edu/positions/kallariassociation/