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AIR Guatemala Summer Internship
Guatemala, Guatemala
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/18/2018 04/02/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) Guatemala Internship Application
Summer 2017

AIR is a non-profit organization improving human and environmental health in Guatemala. With operations in Atlanta, Georgia and central Guatemala, AIR has trained over 2,700 farm families and planted 4.2+ million trees locally in Guatemala.  For over 22 years, AIR has implemented a community-based, five-year approach with great results and success.  Ninety-six percent of funds and donations go straight to the field to implement projects and programs.  AIR employs local professionals, uses native trees and materials, builds custom stoves and trains farmers on their own land. AIR was founded in 1992 at Stetson University after Dr. Anne Hallum, Stetson University political science professor, visited Guatemala for the first time and observed first hand the rural hunger and malnutrition, the barren mountainsides and mudslides and the strength of the native people.  
For more information on AIR please visit www.airguatemala.org

The Summer 2017 AIR Guatemala Internship will allow two (2) Stetson students the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the indigenous population of  Guatemala for five (5) weeks during June and July 2016. The interns will live in secure, clean hotels, sharing with one or two other volunteers and participate in various activities relating to sustainable agriculture and gain an in-depth knowledge of the people and culture.  Thanks to a generous grant from Dr. David Rinker, a member of Stetson University's Board of Trustees, all travel expenses will be fully funded, such as airfare, accommodations and meals.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Gain a rich understanding of sustainable agriculture methods and its impact on human capital
  • Assist with coordinating and planting trees to prevent mudslides and improve crops
  • Building brick stoves to prevent lung disease
  • Participate in school and educational programs with children on environmental and other issues
Requirements
  • A passion for issues such as sustainable agriculture, global health and environmental education
  • Completed two (2) units of Spanish courses at the university level or have native/bilingual proficiency in Spanish
  • Respect for the culture, religious beliefs and hospitality of the indigenous host families. Modest and non-revealing attire is expected.
  • Majoring in Environmental Science, Political Science, Latin American Studies or Spanish. Other majors will be considered with the aforementioned receiving preference.

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Only completed applications will be considered.  To apply, please click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page.  Students enrolling the internship for academic credit will be given preference. Applicants will be notified within one week if chosen for an interview.

Questions? Please contact WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning at world@stetson.edu