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Our Internship Program works with advanced undergraduates, graduate students and all others interested in academic research or hands-on internship work. Program participants include students, professionals (both active and retired), researchers, and individuals who are clearly focused or have specific areas of interest or expertise.
This internship  links individuals with programs that match the goals and disciplinary backgrounds of participants. Settings include  natural reserves, national parks and surrounding areas, other charities, community development organizations, women’s groups, organic farms, local businesses, public & animal health organizations and indigenous reserves, among others. 

These  programs run from 4 to 24 weeks.

You can choose one of the following Internships and Work Experience Programs:

-    Teaching English as a second language. TESOL

-    Health and Animal Welfare

-    Sustainable Tourism

Teaching English as a second language. TESOL

Rural public schools depend on financial support from the Colombian government. However, most of these schools cannot afford to pay teachers of subjects such as art, music, theatre, languages, sports, and environmental education. Misión Gaia supports schools, strengthening different curriculum processes to address deficiencies in order to enable children to have a well-rounded education. This way, children can acquire knowledge and skills that will help them create a better future for themselves. In a rural area where tourism is developing, to learn a second language such as English is a valuable tool which increases children's and adults' opportunities to improve their lives in the future. Supporting education processes in schools increases the educational quality of rural institutions and promotes innovation and development of methods and teaching tools.

TESOL internship program offers the opportunity to teach English in rural settings to different age groups. Participants can teach English to rural kids from 4 to 18 years or to adults. This program is a mutual, unique and worthwhile learning experience as it benefits the community and participants. By being part of this project, participants will experience a truly enriching cultural exchange. 

Location 
The projects are located in  rural towns along the Caribbean coast and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Project placement will depend on experience, likes and mostly, the goals and disciplinary backgrounds of applicants.

Activities
  • Design and teach English classes using games as a tool for teaching.
  • Assist teachers in their regular classes and support kids to do their homework and help them in after-school activities.
  • Organize community events to present work done with the kids. 
  • Participate in community events for recycling and reforestation with children.
What skills do you need?
  • Experience teaching or managing groups of children and youth. 
  • Initiative and creativity to work with the facilities that are available to you. 
  • Be willing to protect the environment. 
  • Intermediate  knowledge of Spanish.  
  • A positive attitude is important as you will be working with children. 
  • You must be patient, creative and have a lot of love to give. 
Period of participation:

  • Minimum one semester. 
  • From 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 days per week. 
  • Dates: January 25th to June 20th 2013 and form 10th July to November 25th. 

What is included in the program?
  • Orientation (before during and after participation), training and permanent support. 
  • Local transport to your project. 
  • Accommodation.
  • Food, depending on the location. It is included in Bellavista, Vista Nieves and La Tagua 
  • 1 adventure expedition through the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • 1 more adventure to finish your experience. Choose between Scuba Diving Safari, Surfcamp during 3 days, Mountain biking or trek to the lost city.
Would you like to have more than one adventure? Check out the adventures we offer! click here. 



Our internship program offers opportunities to work in one of our two projects in the Sustainable Tourism Program: 

1. Community empowerment for developing local sustainable tourism strategies in Minca. 

2. Local training for guides in eco and outdoor adventure tourism.  

Locations

Minca, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta 

Activities

Activities will depend on the project in which the intern is going to be involved. At the moment this project is just starting which means there are many taskS to do and organize. Interns are required to help design and implement a variety of processes in Minca.

  • Participation in data collection of local touristic services, as well as identification and registration of natural, cultural, social and physical resources available.
  • Support for information analysis and participation in the certification of Minca as a sustainable destination. 
  • Design environmental education strategies focused in sustainable tourism for the community in general.
  • Organize and lead activities with local environmental groups and touristic areas of the region.
  • Design strategies for fundraising, inlcuiding planning and executing local events.
  • Design and conduct necessary training for local guides, environmental groups and other groups related to the project in the area.  

What skills do you need?

  • Experience in community projects, logictics and appropriate professionalism.
  •  Administration in sustainable or ecotourism. 
  • You must have a lot of initiative and creativity to work with the facilities that are available to you. 
  • Be willing to protect the environment and increase sustainable practices in tourism. 
  • Intermediate  knowledge of Spanish. 
  • A positive attitude is important as you will be working with children and local people. 
  • You must be patient, creative and have a lot of love to give.

Period of participation

  • From 4 to 24 weeks.
  • We promote participation of interns under this program for at least 16 weeks. 
  • Prefered dates from November to April and from May to September.  
  • From 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 days per week.
  • Arrival Dates: first and third Monday of every month. 

What is included in the program

  • Orientation (before, during and after participation), training and continued support. 
  • Local transport to your project. 
  • Accommodation.
  • 1 adventure expedition through the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • Another adventure to finish your experience. Choose between Scuba Diving Safari, Surfcamp during 3 days, Mountain biking or trek to the lost city.
  • Would you like to have more adventure? Check out the adventures we offer! click here. 






ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE   

Pack your bag and get ready for one of the most meaningful experience of a lifetime in Colombia!

Our Animal Health and Welfare internship program offers opportunities working in control and prevention of animal health issues, public health programs, spay and neuter campaigns for stray and owned cats and dogs, medicine, welfare and animal rights.

Being part of this program, you can assist domestic animals in helping to raise their basic standard of living as well as providing them veterinary support needed to have healthier pets in the Colombian Caribbean. These projects help support stray cats' & dogs' health and welfare, promotes habitat conservation strategies, controls animal population and inspires people to care about animals through environmental education activities. The placements can in be one of two locations: Minca in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Taganga in its foothills by the beach.  Animals in these locations need all the help they can get to keep natural areas without disease, have healthier animals and people, reduce pain in domestic animals and give them the treatment they deserve.

Locations

Taganga & Minca – La Tagua

Activities

  • Implement environmental education strategies focused in health and animal welfare
  • Participation in the census of cats and dogs
  • Information analysis and epidemiological data updating
  • Design strategies for fundraising, including planning and executing local events
  • Periodic disease control
  • Conduct needed treatments  and pain reduction strategies.

What skills do you need?

  • Experience in diagnosis and the medical treatments administered to pets. 
  • You must have a lot of initiative and creativity to work with the facilities that are available to you. 
  • Be willing to protect the environment and increase animal health and welfare. 
  • Intermediate  knowledge of Spanish. 
  • A positive attitude is important as you will be working with children and local people. 
  • You must be patient, creative and have a lot of love to give.

Period of participation

  • From 4 to 24 weeks.
  • We promote participation of interns at least 4 weeks before animal health or spay and neuter campaigns.
  • Animal health and welfare campaigns scheduled for 2013: January, February, May, June, August, September, November.  
  • From 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 days per week.
  • Arrival Dates: first and third Monday of every month. 

What is included in the program

  • Orientation (before, during and after participation), training and continued support. 
  • Local transport to your project. 
  • Accommodation.
  • Food, depending on the location. It is included in Bellavista, Vista Nieves y La Tagua 
  • 1 adventure expedition through the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • 1 more adventure to finish your experience. Choose between Scuba Diving Safari, Surfcamp during 3 days, Mountain biking or trek to the lost city.
  • Would you like to have more than one adventure? Check out the adventures we offer! click here. 













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