Internships in 2019

Since 2007, the Association for AgriCulture & Ecology (Agrecol e.V.) in Germany offers internship placements and travel stipends to work for 6–12 months with partner organisations overseas. 

ELIGIBILITY: Only students enrolled in universities in German-speaking countries can apply (details see below in the eligibility section). All other applicantions will be ignored.

This kind of internship gives the students an opportunity to gain practical knowledge related to ecologically oriented agriculture and land management and to be exposed to new cultures and working situations in developing countries. Support is provided for up to two (2) interns each year and consists of the following:

  • Coverage of a round-trip Economy flight ticket between Europe and the country in which the host organisation is operating
  • Availability of at least one member of Agrecol Association as well as previous interns to provide advice and respond to questions before and during the internship
  • Invitation of the student, after completion of the internship, to a weekend seminar of Agrecol Association in Germany or a neighbouring country so that the student can present a photo report to the members about his/her experiences as intern; Agrecol Association covers the student’s travel and accommodation costs for the weekend.

Agrecol Association is not in a position to cover any further costs related to the internship (e.g. visa, vaccinations, health insurance) beyond those mentioned above.

In 2019, the partner organisations Mollesnejta in Bolivia and Agrecol-Afrique in Senegal are prepared to host one intern each from universities or colleges in German-speaking countries. The students selected for the travel stipends are expected to make all further arrangements for the internship in direct contact with the respective host organisation.

For the members of Agrecol Association in Germany, each intern will report regularly on his/her activities by writing blogs for the Agrecol intern blog-site. In addition, each intern will write an interim and a final report and present his/her experiences during an Agrecol weekend meeting.

 

Information about the internship with Mollesnejta - Center for Andine Agroforestry in Bolivia

Mollesnejta is a demonstration, experimental and educational farm for Andean agroforestry. At the site, different agroforestry systems are established and tested. The combination of agroecological mixed species and integration of perennial crops enables improved soil fertility and better adaptation to climate change. Mollesnejta's 16 hectare experimental site is located in the semiarid valley of Cochabamba on a hillside below the Tunari mountain peak at an average altitude of 2800 m.a.s.l., with an annual average temperature of 18 °C and 500 mm of rainfall. The director, Noemi Stadler-Kaulich, has twenty years of working experience in agroforestry research and extension. She works as a consultant and teacher in the field of agroforestry implementation in Latin America, Africa and Europe.

What Mollesnejta offers to the intern:

  • Free accommodation and shared use of the guesthouse kitchen
  • Free internet access 
  • Meals (lunch and/or dinner) are offered by the cook for a fair price of € 1.10, if requested also vegetarian or vegan

Your tasks as an intern:

  • Implementation of a (small) research project in Mollesnejta or collaborating in a larger, long-term trial
  • Possibility of collecting data for a bachelor or master thesis
  • Gaining practical experience in managing agroforestry systems. The following activities are carried out throughout the year in the agroforestry parcels and in the own nursery in Mollesnejta:

January: Planting and pruning in the agroforest parcels
February: Pruning in the agroforest parcels
March: Collect seed, prepare seedlings in the nursery
April: prepare seedlings in the nursery, prepare plant bags for sowing
May: Sowing trees into plant bags
June: Irrigate young trees, sow trees into plant bags, grafting fruit trees
July: Irrigate plants, prepare cuttings and put them in plant bags
August: Irrigate plants, pruning, planting of Opuntia cactus
September: Irrigate plants, preparing new agroforestry parcels October: Irrigate plants, prepare new agroforestry parcels
November: Implementation of new agroforestry parcels
December: Implementation of new agroforestry parcels

Assistance in the vegetable garden, in the production and application of terra preta and fragmented branch wood is welcome throughout the year.

More detailed information about Mollesnejta can be found at www.mollesnejta.org

 

Information about the internship with Agrecol–Afrique in Senegal

Agrecol-Afrique is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which contributes since 1996 to the development of organic agriculture by implementing projects in Senegal (the NGO is based in the city of Thiès). Agrecol-Afrique works towards food security in Senegal and more widely in West Africa. In collaboration with different actors of rural and agricultural development, the staff of Agrecol-Afrique is contributing to information exchange, training and advisory services in organic agriculture. In 2009, Agrecol-Afrique was a founding member of a national foundation for promoting organic agricultural development.

One of the current projects of Agrecol-Afrique is the establishment of an “educational farm” (ferme-école). The aim is to offer training for farmers, to use the farm for demonstration purposes, and also to use it as an instrument to influence development policymaking.

In this context, Agrecol-Afrique seeks  an intern in 2019 who can contribute to designing training programmes and curricula in agroecology for the “ferme-école”.

More detailed information about Agrecol-Afrique Foundation can be found under

 www.agrecol-afrique.net

 

Eligibility

Students eligible to apply for the internship placement and travel stipend are those who:

  • Are enrolled in a university or college in a German-speaking country (including foreign students);
  • Have basic knowledge and/or experience in managing organised groups (for small-scale production, processing and marketing of agricultural products);
  • Have their own laptop or notebook that they can use during the internship;
  • Have basic knowledge about (ecological) agriculture;
  • Are interested and sensitive in working with smallholder farmers in different sociocultural contexts;
  • Are dynamic, open and committed;
  • Show high levels of self-reliance and self-organising capacity
  • Have a sufficient command of Spanish (Bolivia)/ French (Senegal) to be able to work in this language (interview will be made by Skype with Agrecol–Andes/Afrique);
  • Are under 30 years of age.

Timing and duration of internship

The internship should begin, if possible and in consultation with the partner organisations, between June and August 2019. It should last at least six months and can be extended to up to twelve months’ duration.

General information about applying for an internship placement and travel stipend

The application, consisting of a convincing letter of motivation in German and Spanish (Bolivia) / French (Senegal), concrete details about the desired period of internship and a curriculum vitae in German and Spanish (Bolivia) / French (Senegal), should be sent per Email as pdf attachments to:

Email: info@agrecol.org and keesgoergen@aol.com

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.

Notification about awarding of the internship placements and travel stipends will be made at the latest by end of February 2019.