Internship Options with Other Organizations

Below you will find a list of organizations (in alphabetical order) that have hosted TCS student interns in the past.  They have been carefully selected to ensure that students engage in productive projects, receive adequate supervision, and enjoy safe housing and food.  You may also consider signing up for an internship position with Ceiba, at the Lalo Loor Dry forest.  Some students, however, may wish to pursue a type of internship not through Ceiba or on the list below.  You are welcome to reach out to other organizations, or people, to try and plan a new internship for yourself.  Be advised that we will require that the internship meets the above criteria, of productive work, supervision, and safety. All new internships must be vetted and approved by us before you commit to it.  We are happy to work with you, though, to try and find an opportunity that satisfies your goals.

Internship Options with Other Organizations

AmaZOOnico Wildife Rescue Center – A center located in Ecuador’s Amazon region that rehabilitates wild animals that have been part of the pet trade or otherwise rescued from humans.  They have a lot of needs, from taking care of animals, communicating their mission, fundraising, and environmental education in the community.  See website for contact information.

Equilibrio Azul – An Ecuadorian marine conservation organization located doing sea turtle monitoring, shark fishery monitoring, environmental education, and protection of marine and coastal habitats. Puerto Lopez (Manabi province) and other coastal sites. Contact: Cristina Miranda,  voluntarios@equilibrioazul.org, tel: 099-923-9009

Fundación EcoMinga – An Ecuadorian conservation organization that operate a network of 6 reserves in the unique foothill forests, cloud forests, and alpine grasslands (“paramo”) of the Andes in east-central Ecuador.  Volunteers may work on reserve mapping, plant and animal census, wildlife monitoring using camera traps, or community outreach. Contact the organization for specific information on current activities at each reserve.  (This is a new partner organization in 2022!) Contact: Chiara Correa, comunicacion.ecominga@gmail.com, tel: 098-263-7162

La Hesperia – A cloud forest reserve dedicated protecting to tropical forests while conducting productive activities such as permaculture, organic farming and sustainable tourism.  Volunteers work on forest restoration, a demonstration organic farm, and environmental education. Located in La Esperie (Pichincha province), montane & cloud forest. Contact:  alexandra@lahesperia.com, tel: 099-957-8369

Mashpi Shungo Organic Chocolate Farm – Small producer chocolate farm that seeks to forward regenerative farming practices. Interns work on planting, managing and harvesting food forests, and agroforestry with many tropical little known crops.  Also may include nursery work, forest trails surveys, and opportunities on other community farms.   Near Mindo, montane & cloud forest. Contact: Augustina Arcos, contact@chocomashpi.com

Merazonia Wildlife Rescue Center – A new wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center working with Ecuador’s environment ministry to help trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Located in Mera, a lowland rainforest environment.

Rio Muchacho Organic Farm – A working organic farm. Learn permaculture and organic farming techniques, demonstrate techniques to visitors, environmental education, recycling program. Near Canoa (Manabi Province), rural farm and forest. Contact: info@riomuchacho.com, riomuchachoecolodge@gmail.com, tel: 099-617-8025

Sumak Allpa – This is a primate rescue center located on a Napo River island in Amazonian Ecuador. The reserve is an island were rescued primates roam freely. Volunteers help with fruiting plant assessments, primate surveys, reintroduction efforts, and environmental education. Near Primavera (Napo Province). Contact: Héctor Vargas, tsukanka2001@yahoo.com, tel: 099-737-1286

Reserva Ecológica Antisana – Páramo restoration program operated by the Ecuadorian government’s Ministry of the Environment.  Spanish-speaking is a must, as most of the staff do not speak English.  Contact: Pablo Grados, pablo.grados@ambiente.gob.ec

Yanayacu Biological Station – A research and education station on the eastern slopes of the Andes, where caterpillar & parasitoid research, as well as studies of forest birds, cloud forest botany, and more, have been conducted for years.  Located near Cosanga (Napo Province), cloud forest and disturbed areas. Contact: José Simbaña, yanayacu@gmail.com, tel: 099-302-1278

*Galapagos National Park – There may be options for internships in the Galapagos, but these require an additional student expense (unfortunately) as the cost of the flight is beyond the course budget. Also, many established organizations in Galapagos, such as the Charles Darwin Station require a minimum commitment of 3 months. Discuss options and costs with your instructors.

*Tiputini Biodiversity Station – There may be options for internships at the Tiputini station, but these may require an additional student expense (unfortunately) as the cost of travel to and lodging in Tiputini is beyond the course budget.  Discuss options and costs with your instructors.