The Long Way Home internship program leverages in-kind labor and assistance from interested individuals from all over the world. LWH has a great diversity of programming and needs, and therefore works with a wide array of students from various courses of study. Flexibility and an “expect the unexpected” attitude will improve the quality of your internship experience, as will your ability to work independently on projects that interest you.
The recreational/ecological park has a tree and plant nursery, organic gardens, soccer field, basketball court, playground, community kitchen, protected wooded area, nature trail and an outdoor classroom. The organization is also in its final stages of construction of a 17-building primary and vocational campus built with alternative methods and materials, including rammed-earth and trash bottle “bricks”. Long Way Home is looking for interns to maintain all existing projects and those that are in progress as well.
Interns work in the following project areas:
*Note for anyone wanting to help with educational programming in the local schools: “Summer Vacation” in Guatemala starts in October and ends in January. Fall interns will have limited time to participate in school programs.
- Requirements: Ideal students will have an academic and/or professional background in elementary education, environmental education, environmental science or other related field. No beginning Spanish speakers.
- Job Description: Environmental Education interns will design and implement programming for the elementary school, devising dynamic and interactive ways for the children to learn about environmental topics. Work also includes further developing the trash collection program within local schools.
ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION & APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
- Requirements: Ideal students will have an academic and/or professional background in engineering, carpentry, masonry, mechanics, architecture or other related field.
- Job Description: Alternative Construction & Appropriate Technology interns will help construct a school using rammed earth, trash, bottles, and green building techniques. Interns may have the opportunity to help design and construct composting latrines and rainwater collection tanks. Expect lots of physical labor.
MARKETING & GRANT WRITING
- Requirements: Ideal students will have an academic and/or professional background in business administration, management, marketing or other related field.
- Job Description: Marketing & Grant Writing interns will respond directly to the Director of Operations. They will be responsible for creating strategic plans for promoting LWH projects within the local community and promoting the LWH volunteer and internship program in the U.S. and other countries. They will also be responsible for creating and helping implement fundraising plans for the organization as well as researching and writing grants.