One week with us is in fact unique. Not just as a tourist or volunteer, is about sharing and experience deeply the life here and the impact you can make to other people’s life.
We invite people from around the globe to join the Vivientes experience with our “Share and Learn” Program.
The Internship positions we have are ideal for those concerned with helping children and families with their overall wellbeing, taking care of the environment and saving ancestral histories and values. All of this while developing skills and contributing to a long term impact.
The program includes an intercultural experience with the local community and staff through the Vivientes projects and activities.
We encourage you to check the The Vivientes The Vivientes “Share + Learn” System, So you can see in more detail what are you going for.
Areas of Vivientes internship:
– English lessons for children and youth: interculturality with community children
– Art & Design :Make art about ancestral tales for the community gallery.
– Artcraft magnufacturing with bamboo(Rurrana): Developing new and ecofriendly products.
– Family organic Garden (side activity – in progress)
Internship applicants must select one area to join and take part of a project (Goal)
Interns can participate in other areas of activity without neglecting their assigned project.
Internship duration: One week program.
Example of schedule and activities.
We divide or activities in:
– Courses for interns (Introductory, intercultural or skill development in a specific area)
– Project development
– Community work (project implementation)
– Free or rest time.
The courses and community work are strictly scheduled. This also means that they are obligatory.
Project development time is more flexible as long as you reach the assigned goals..
Free / Rest time are for having fun. We have also Responsible Tourism activity suggestions.
¿What is a day with us looks like?
Go and check our post “A perfect Day on Vivientes” written by previous interns. There you can see the journey of a wonderful day.
Also below are listed the timetable of previous interns groups.
Date: 2o15/June – Link
Date: 2o16/July – Link
As community needs change everyday, the timetable activities does too. But we keep the core and our goal is that the interns and the community members get the most on each period.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROJECT
Joining us for a week as an Intern on the “Share + Learn” system requieres a contribution of
This contribution cover: hosting, pick up from Montañita Bus Station, lunch and of course all the assistance, support and basic materials to follow the program and develop a project with us and apply it on the local communities we work with.
HIGHLIGHTS: All the money gather from “Share + Learn” system are invested on Viviente’s community projects, this means the staff do NOT get any PROFIT of it… just happiness.
Hosting on our station:
Experience nature in new form – Sleep on a Glamping Tree house in Dos Mangas Station
This allow you to experience nature in a new form and activate your body.
Some of the services on the Station are:
Hot Water shower
Confortable bed with mosquito tent and fan
Wood, Bamboo and Art Workshop
Full equipment kitchen
Local bus stop to near town: Manglaralto and Montañita (famous tourist stop)
and more… Check Dos Mangas Station for more information and pictures.
*Remember! this is NOT an hotel, we welcome you as a Ghest on the Dos Mangas Station as a member of the Viviente’s project. We will be your family for one week 🙂
Lunch & community support:
We understand that gastronomy is an essencial part to know a culture, so now we include it on your stay on the station.
But is not only good quality food, but also meals provided by diverse local restaurants. This is a way to activate local economy and support good quality bussiness.
The family restaurants or initiative we choose not only because they are good chefs, but also because they have certification of good process of cooking and choose good quality ingredients.
HIGHLIGHTS: We can get sort arrangement with the “meals” such as vegetarian or avoid some alergic ingredients, but in overall is an stardard menu for the week that depends on season ingredients.
For full-house groups (4 interns) we include lunch and dinner. This can vary in some cases.
The lunch are available only on “Dos Mangas Station” or on Manglaralto beach restaurant when available. Any meal outside the station, as well the breakfast and snacks are not included.
We will provide you a big bottle of purified water that you can refill when it runs off.
If in some case logistically we can’t guarantee you the meal, we will not charge the “food contribution for the week”. In any cases you will always have full access to the kitchen and its equipment.
*Remember! If in any case there is some “profit” – the income will be used to improve the “Living Garden” Project – a project that seeks to provide good quality and organic food to poor families.
Responsabile tourism activities:
Is not only about help, we also have FUN! An opportunity not only to enjoy the most common touristic areas / activities, but also to get access to uncommon opportunities to travel into the mountains or jump inside a natural pool, snorkel, fishing and more!
We do this to enrich you experience with us, but remember we are NOT a travel / tour agency. We enjoy as friends.
We also run a Adventure Club, where you can get more information below.
As an intern we will do some responsable torusm activities, so you can enjoy. We only ask to pay for your entrance/ticket (if apply).
“Share + Learn” system :
The Vivientes “Share + Learn” System allows interns to contribute to the developent of low resource communities while learning and improving skills for their own lives
This is a unique chance to live something diferent and is what make your stay with us unique.
Please go to this link so you can learn more about the “Share + Learn” system.
ARRIVAL DATE & APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Candidates for internships must apply -preferably at least- one month in advance.
Please response this questions and send the answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your profile and dates are approved a skype interview will be programmed.
we recomend Interns to Join our project every second weekend OR last weekend of each month. Apply to get more specific information.
Suggested stay time: one up to two weeks.
REMEMBER, please respect the arrival date, any delay will directly affect the community activities and may require us to cancel your reservation.