Rio Muchacho offers unpaid internships for people who have skills that help the farm run smoothly and help the local communities. Internships are often a minimum of 6 months and during that time you are offered board and food.  

Internship in Ecotourism

***Rio Muchacho Organic Farm is looking for an ecotourism intern to start as soon as possible! As the ecotourism intern, you will gain intimate knowledge about the inner workings of the farm, community and culture through giving tours and developing our constantly evolving eco farm park. An internship at Rio Muchacho provides professional development in tourism-related fields and an opportunity to learn Spanish, agriculture and permaculture. Please send us an email if you are interested!***

 Río Muchacho offers a seven month internship in ecotourism for one or two people, usually from May to December and November to June (with a one-month overlap between outgoing and incoming interns).

This internship provides practical experience in many aspects of tourism, from selling and organizing tours to acting as guide and interpreter. One of the most important functions of the ecotourism intern is to be ´farm host´, welcoming and accommodating all visitors to the farm, both tourists and volunteers.

The intern needs to be very organized and friendly, with the ability to keep track of arrivals and departures on the farm while still taking care of those who are already here.

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Booking tours and providing tourist information, running our internet café service, selling merchandise
  • Selling fair-trade goods on the farm, cleaning and taking inventory, handling money and deposits;
  • Organizing volunteer work and tourist activities;
  • Revising, typing and translating informational and promotional documents;
  • Maintaining certain areas of the farm (providing access to security lockers and store rooms, Keeping inventories, cleaning and organizing informational areas, making sure our guest cabins/bathrooms are clean and prepared).
  • In order to successfully see to these responsibilities, the intern will need to gain thorough knowledge of all tours we sell, relevant tourism information (i.e. bus schedules and travel information, nearby places of interest etc.), geography and history of this area, and knowledge of the farm and its people, plants, and processes.

Interns should be welcoming and open, organized and reliable, confident and flexible when dealing with unexpected or unusual situations.

This position is dynamic and requires the ability to effectively multi-task, coordinate, and manage many different groups with differing (and sometimes conflicting) needs and desires. As with all visitors to Ecuador, interns should understand that things do not happen as quickly or reliably here as they may be accustomed to; patience and a good sense of humor are essential.

Students of tourism or a related discipline are best suited and will be given preference; we also require at least an intermediate level of Spanish. This is an unpaid position, but the intern will have food and board provided at Río Muchacho Organic Farm. Along with the skills gained from this experience, documentation and references can be provided upon successful completion of the internship.

We do, however, ask that all interns pay for the first month of their stay. Prices can be found here. This helps us while you are still learning the ropes and lowers the risk for us of taking someone on that has unknown abilities.

For more general information, please visit our FAQs

Sustainability Internship

This opportunity, like the ecotourism internship, is for a six month period for one or two people and is offered in exchange for food and board at the farm. It is available for people that speak Spanish as a first language.

The sustainability internship involves a broad cross-section of life at Río Muchacho and an involvement in most areas of work at the farm.

The internship may include:

  • Involvement in community work, such as various educational extension programs and construction projects
  • Work within and related to the development of environmental education
  • Facilitating communication within the farm and community
  • Preparing documents and other information and attending meetings for the coordination of work efforts

We do, however, ask that all interns pay for the first month of their stay. Prices can be found here. This helps us while you are still learning the ropes and lowers the risk for us of taking someone on that has unknown abilities.

Communications, Social Networking and Marketing Intern

Rio Muchacho is looking for a communications, social networking and marketing intern. This internship provides practical experience in tourism communications, social networking and social outreach, and marketing a social enterprise. The intern would be responsible for updating and controlling our Facebook, Instagram, creating short movies about the farm, marketing events, tours and volunteer opportunities at the farm, etc… an internship at Rio Muchacho provides professional development in tourism-related fields and an opportunity to learn Spanish, agriculture and permaculture.

  • Minimum 2 months

Communications and Graphic Design

Rio Muchacho is looking for a communications and graphic design intern. This internship provides practical experience in tourism, social media, social outreach, and creating graphics for our farm. We are in the works of creating our Information Centre, and our Interactive Learning Centre for children, and the intern would be responsible for creating plans, graphics, and various other things for these centres.  An internship at Rio Muchacho provides professional development in tourism-related fields and an opportunity to learn Spanish, agriculture and permaculture. 

  • Minimum 2 months

Promotion/Marketing Internship in Saiananda Park

This position is with the Saiananda Park and school in the Bahía area, with which Río Muchacho and Guacamayo Tours are linked in terms of education and ecotourism.

The internship would involve the undertaking of promotional activities on behalf of the organization, especially the development of a website and online advertising. The organization requires an intern with skills and experience in this area, and a good knowledge of the appropriate software and bookings sites.

The internship would be in exchange for food and accommodation provided by the park. A minimum three months would be preferred.

They do, however, ask that all interns pay for the first month of their stay. Prices can be found here. This helps us while you are still learning the ropes and lowers the risk for us of taking someone on that has unknown abilities.

Prices

Prices for all internships are $300 for the first month - every additional month is free.

Note: 
All prices are per person.
The cost covers your food and accommodation
Payment is required at the beginning of the stay and is paid monthly if stays are over a month.