Internships with the Ceiba Foundation

The Ceiba Foundation offers a variety of internships in conservation, research, education, and community development. These internships are a great way to combine your academic background with hands-on field experience. Broaden your horizons and gain valuable experience as you lend a hand to the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation.  As a Ceiba Intern, you will put your knowledge and skills to work for habitat conservation, reforestation, environmental education, community development, and scientific research.

*Note: The health and safety of our students, and our staff, are our highest priority.  Along with our US and Ecuadorian partner institutions, we are closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and will make modifications to upcoming programs as needed.  We have Covid-19 specific protocols in place, guided by the WHO and CDC recommendations and expect program participants to follow these guidelines.

Current Internship Positions


The Manabí coast is lined with white sand beaches and diverse forests

The Setting

Coastal Ecuador is a beautiful region of verdant hills, quaint villages, and expansive coastline. Your internship in coastal Ecuador will be based at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve and the nearby communities of Tabuga, Camarones, and Jama, where the Ceiba Foundation has been working since 2004 on conservation, education, and community development projects.

You will be working closely with the Education Coordinator who oversees ongoing projects at the reserve, including internships. The reserve is also staffed by a manager and a cook. The nearby community of Tabuga, a 10 minute walk away has a population of approximately 750 people that dedicate themselves to agriculture, tourism, and other small enterprises. Camarones, a 50-minute walk, is located more inland and has a population of about 500 people, most of whom are farmers. Jama is a larger town about 20 minutes south by bus, where there is internet, several high schools, and a hospital.

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You'll live and work in the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve, one of the finest examples of coastal dry forest in Ecuador


Interns are housed alongside researchers and volunteers in the wooden station house at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve that accommodates up to 24 people in four-person rooms adjoining a spacious common area. The station is located within the forest, where howler monkeys wake you nearly every morning. Meals are provided at the station, which has no electricity (but plenty of candlelight!), cold water showers, and composting toilets. At the reserve’s entrance is an educational EcoCenter for visiting tourists and school groups; electricity is available there for charging of cameras, laptops, etc. The rates for our 4-week, 8-week, and 10-week internships cover meals and lodging as well as the training and equipment necessary to complete your research project.

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Internship Rates

Nationals** Internationals**
   4-Week Session $400 $800
   8-Week Session $800 $1600
   10-Week Session $1000 $2000

**Precios no incluyen IVA.  Interns who pay in-country for their stay must add Ecuador’s mandatory value-added tax to the above rates.

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