This virtual internship and online seminar will focus on ways that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are supporting social and environment health and well-being in urban and rural Bolivian communities. You will examine issues including global health and education, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, labor rights, and child/youth advocacy.
Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Bolivia, workplace norms, and the ethics of interning in another country. Then, you will complete an online internship focused on global health, health and education infrastructure, the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, child and youth advocacy, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, labor rights, or another field related to your interests and career goals.
You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program over the course of the semester, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations.
- Engage in discussions about socioeconomic, political, and cultural concepts of community wellbeing.
- Complete an internship with a Bolivian community organization or NGO.
- Develop your professional Spanish-language skills.
- Participate in weekly group reflection and assessments with your academic director.
- Build your résumé and professional experience in an internship related to your interests.
Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.