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Deadline to apply: February 28th
Funding Support: $2,000 (Summer 2017)
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PartnerPartner NGOProjectCountryDescription of their activitiesMore information
1IDIN (MIT)Taller de Vida FoundationSupport Bike-powered mill, blender design, construction, project management
Colombia, Bogota
The idea is to develop a multifunctional pedal-powered machine where the same structure can be adapted either as a mill, a sheller or a blender so that space is optimized to perform various functions. The main community be addressed are women participating in "Taller de Vida” Foundation programs. However, the project is 100% useful to other foundations that bring support to enterprises/social groups in this type of context. Also, part of the project scoping is finding opportunities to include other groups or community members in our outreach strategy in order to define new solution spaces.Contact: Alex Freese ;
2IDIN (MIT)La Mano del MonoCommunity Development in Rural Communities.Chiapas, MexicoLa Mano del Mono believes that conservation can only be achieved through the strengthening of local sustainable livelihoods and connecting people living in protected areas with those living in cities to share their experiences, needs, and values. La Mano del Mono brings together local hands to contribute to communities’ development living within natural protected areas, to inspire people to make changes. Since 2008, La Mano del Mono has been able to train 3,000 community members to improve their ecotourism services, strengthen social business development of more than 50 community-based enterprise, and increase around 8% of income in local enterprises during low tourism seasons. We currently have 5 full-time and 5 part-time employees.
3IDIN (MIT)EssmartSupport activities around clean eenergies (solar)India, BangaloreEssmart is a last-mile distribution company that connects 100+ socially impactful, life-improving products (such as solar lanterns, clean cooking appliances, and efficient agricultural tools) to local family-owned retail shops in southern India. Their work directly improves the livelihoods of rural retail shops while at the same time facilitates the impact of hundreds of life-improving products. Essmart is a last-mile distribution company that connects 100+ socially impactful, life-improving products (such as solar lanterns, clean cooking appliances, and efficient agricultural tools) to local family-owned retail shops in southern India. Their work directly improves the livelihoods of rural retail shops while at the same time facilitates the impact of hundreds of life-improving products.

Essmart has been operating out of Bangalore for the past four years. They have a small, diverse core team that functions as equal decision makers (they have a flat hierarchy) and leads the wide variety of tasks that make them function.
4IDIN (MIT)GoGritSupport in developing structures to improve project management and administrationBoston, USAt GRIT we believe in the power of design and technology to make a positive social impact. We invented the Leveraged Freedom Chair to help people with disabilities in developing countries reach work and school and are proud of the impact we've made worldwide. After years of product development, our American-made Freedom Chair is helping people with disabilities around the United States move beyond the pavement.
5IDIN (MIT)African Born 3DBusiness development, project managemente, design, technologiesKenya, NairobiAre you an engineer or a business student looking for start-up work experience, especially in a developing world context? IDIN Network member African Born 3D Printing (AB3D) is a hardware company that produces and maintains affordable, quality 3D printers built from scratch. Get to know more about this innovative social enterprise and apply for their 3D for Development Entrepreneur and Design Engineer positions. We mostly need help establishing system processes that will allow us to run AB3D seamlessly. From efficient running of the workshop to an ideal CRM. We need help navigating through the business development. Customer acquisition and retention as well as collecting data to determine what impact we are having are of significant importance to us.

Contact: Roy Ombatti;
6International Rescue CommiteeHedgerow DesignSacramento, CAHedgerow design: research and develop a farm border hedgerow that provides benefits including habitat for beneficial insects, soil erosion control, and pest exclusion. A second layered hedgerow could include edible landscaping features.Contact: Tom Stein
7Blum FellowInternational Rescue CommiteeHerb Garden DesignSacramento, CAHerb garden design: research herb plants and develop a plan for inclusion on the farm that can provide biodiversity and pollinator habitat and herb crop trials for restaurant market salesContact: Tom Stein
8Blum FellowInternational Rescue CommiteeValue-added product developmentSacramento, CAValue-added product development: assess and research the viability of producing value-added products for household consumption and market sales from crops grown on farmContact: Tom Stein
9Blum FellowInternational Rescue CommiteeFarm Market System DevelopmentSacramento, CAfarm market sales system development: support the development of a sales system that will organize and track crop sales by various farmers to numerous restaurant marketsContact: Tom Stein
10Blum FellowInternational Rescue CommiteeMarket ResearchSacramento, CAMarket research: create a report outlining market potential for specialty ethnic crops in SacramentoContact: Tom Stein
11Blum FellowInternational Rescue CommiteeUCOP Global Food Initiative ProposalSacramento, CAUCOP Global Food Initiative proposal with UCANR: design and develop a proposal that will further support the education and health of newly resettled refugee populations in SacramentoContact: Tom Stein
12IDIN (MIT)TESE FoundationSupport in project development and project management, clients, community engagementZimbabwe The TESE Foundation currently sponsors children—mostly girls—in junior high and high school. We hope we can eventually support all children in need. The children have expressed to us that their dream is to simply “go to school.” Apart from the work we do in Zimbabwe, we also do outreach in the United States, mainly in California. We travel to local schools, libraries, and International Houses to read stories and teach children about diversity, while promoting literacy. Our local vision is to bring diversity awareness and increase literacy of underprivileged youth. Website:

Contact: Nathalie Minya,
13CAESTEWDI UgandaSmall-scale Irrigation SystemsUganda, Eastern Uganda
The students will be working directly under the Innovations in dry season horticulture for women and small holders in Eastern Uganda- Production and marketing for income, nutrition and climate resilience. The project is a USAID funded research / development project under the Horticulture Innovation Lab and for which Kate Scow at UC Davis is the PI. We are developing innovations in collaboration with small scale farmers in Eastern Uganda that focuses on improving womens' access to irrigation for horticulture crops.
The major partners in this project include; National Semi Arid Resources Institute (NaSSARI),TEWDI Uganda –Spearheading meaning full women’s participation,Buginyanya Zonal agricultural research Development institute (BugiZARDI);Research /Development implementation in Eastern Uganda and Amelioration of Agricultural Risk (AMARI) : Expertise in smallholder irrigation design,Busitema University : Student training ,integration ,internships ,network building and opportunities
The project aims at achieving the following objectives;
1. Developing innovations in small scale irrigation and soil water management technologies fitting the needs of smallholder fruit and vegetable growers in East Africa through a participatory process.
2. Evaluating agronomic, economic and market, nutrition and gender implications of innovation through participatory, multi stakeholder performance assessments.
3. Developing protocols for integrating women into small scale irrigation scheme design and planning
4. Strengthening capacity among farmers and local agricultural support organizations (research institutions, local government, NGOs, university faculty and students) to establish and improve sustainable small scale irrigation schemes that lead to increased income and health of farmers.
As a student on internship, you will be involved in some or most of the following activities.
• Developing evaluation parameters and research protocols
• Establishing protocols for evaluation of women’s access and benefits from irrigation
• Installing technology innovations and make detailed designs
• Collection of evaluation data on key parameters
• Developing a toolkit for agricultural practitioners in the region.
Website:http;//, Facebook:

Contact: Ikalany Betty,
14HORTCRSPDigital GreenDigital Platforms for Community EngagementCalifornia, DavisDigital Green is a not-for-profit international development organization that uses an innovative digital platform for community engagement to improve lives of rural communities across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sample projects
1. Conduct ethnographic study of Hmong farmers in Yolo and Fresno counties to map existing community relationships and assess effective extension strategies.
2. Develop project to scope incentives for producer aggregation and local market dynamics in Mumbai, India.
Twitter: @digitalgreenorg

Contact: Bilkis Bharucha ( or Karin Lion (
15D-LABBediani Children's CenterPrepare farm design concept considering use of local resources, energy efficiency, application of (not expensive) modern technologies and taking in account local landscape and architecture. Farm design has to be replicable for other farmers willing to share innovations and new technologies.Bediani, GeorgiaBediani Children’s Center (BCC), Bediani Children’s Center was established in 1999 to support education and socio-economic integration of local multiethnic youth groups in Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia. During 17 years of active work students of the center have obtained sufficient knowledge and applied in different Universities and professional colleges. Most of students have successful carrier in Tsalka municipality as well as in Capital of Georgia, Tbilisi.

Our mission is to help severely impoverished small communities facilitate and develop the necessary skill sets to become economically self-sustaining. We plan to achieve this by providing education, services, and creating economic community infrastructure. We are guided by the principle of self-reliance and helping communities to learn to help themselves to reach their full potential.

16Worldwide Child Relief FoundationOur mission is to help severely impoverished small communities facilitate and develop the necessary skill sets to become economically self-sustaining. We provide education, services, and creating economic community infrastructure. Cameron Park, California, USAInterns would have to be observant, flexible and committed to the long-tern goal of sustainability for the community center and the community itself. Experience in making presentations and chairing meetings would be helpful as would a conversational familiarity in Spanish. Any knowledge or experience in community development and/or business development would also be useful.

We anticipate that interns will become involved in the following activities:
1. Coordinate with college students for the University of Leon and members of the community council regarding the courses and trainings that would best serve the community.
2. Working with WCRF personnel, designing the curricula for the courses/trainings to be offered. Further, assist in finding resources available to implement those courses/trainings.
3. Assist the general manager of the community center in the evaluation of the center’s business plan after six months of operation.
4. Meet with secondary students and community leaders to survey their future needs as related to the community center’s programs. Help develop an action plan for those leaders to address the top priority needs.
5. Assist with any finishing work needed on the center itself.
Contact: Hal Young, WCRF founder and president-- and David Sargent, University Laision at
17Tanzania Education CorpTanzania Education Corp supports high quality education in Tanzanian through partnership with locally run schools.Arusha, TanzaniaWe are interested in development of our computer science programming, including facilitating student-led projects and providing extra help. We are also looking for someone to assist in communications, social media, and/or graphic design. This could include creating content for our social media platforms and website and helping with sponsor and donor relations. Students would also have the opportunity to assist in extracurricular activities and could potentially co-teach some classes, depending on experience. We are also open to collaborating with students on the development of a poverty-alleviation project.
The skills necessary are highly dependent on the project students will be implementing. All applicants should have experience working with children and must have strong cross-cultural communications skills and an open mind. The work environment also requires flexibility, self-motivation and independence. Applicants looking to work in computer science programming should have a strong background in related subjects.

Contact: Meghan Magee,
18Aythos, Inc.Our students consult with Himalayan farmers to advance their skills and knowledge of crops.Kathmandu, NepalAythos helps Himalayan farmers in Nepal to establish and expand sustainable agriculture projects to bolster local economies, increase access to nutritious foods, and provide opportunities for communities to rebuild after the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes. Aythos seeks to accomplish this by sponsoring training and providing investments that build skills and confidence and inspire leadership for all members of Himalayan communities.
The ability to research market challenges and opportunities for Himalayan farmers
-Knowledge of fruit trees (apple, kiwi, citrus) and associated orchard management skills
-Organizing skills, knowledge of supply chains
-Ability to design surveys, organize focus groups
-Willingness to work in remote, austere environments for days at a time
-Cultural sensitivity
Website:,, @aythosnepal (Instagram), @aythos (Twitter)

Contact: Beau Miller-
19ProPetenTo facilitate biodiversity conservation and cultural heritage in Guatemala's northern lowland forests of Petén and thereby to contribute to the present and future well being of the country. Our motto "the human sense of conservation" emphasizes how conservation must never be disassociated from human rights, as people are a part of the environment.Peten, Guatemala1. Pilot implementation of a new simple, community-controlled app for cultural knowledge transmission (in partnership with the nonprofit Caura Futures) through oral learning.... ProPeten has long worked in partnership with the BioItza Association from the Itzá Maya town of San Jose on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá and has research databases of ethnobotanical documentation with healers throughout Peten. The Blum intern will work with the director of the organization to update the databases into a new password protected software and pilot test the app with selected plants.

2. ProPeten is the second oldest environmental nonprofit in Guatemala and has a trove of scientific and social studies on sustainable development and conservation archived from the nearly $100 million of projects that have passed through this region. The organization's library, in fact, is more robust and complete than those of local universities. The Blum volunteer will design a digitization system and work with one or more local secretarial interns to supervise the manual labor of scanning. He/she will also outreach to a database of 300+ researchers who have passed through the region to ask for already digitized contributions to this regional public digital library. One of Computer/website design skills are essential for this work.
The volunteer(s) [1-3] will work with the organization in publicity, signage, photography, mapping, management plans, media, outreach to Maya elders, fundraising with bat conservation groups, trail demarcation, and other tasks needed to turn this into the amazing multi-use urban recreational and cultural gem that can it become. A Blum volunteer last year began this work and can help brief incoming volunteers into the process. There is a need for both office work, but also hands on physical work at the site.ún_Kan,


Contact: Liza Grandia, Associate Professor of Native American Studies, emgrandia@ucdavis.ed
ProPeten is located on the colonial island capital of Flores, Peten which is now a central tourism destination filled with excellent restaurants, internet connection, and comfortable hotels and hostels. Through surrounded by communities in extreme poverty and with rough frontier conditions (dust, malaria, parasites, poor water, etc.), Flores is a safe and comfortable place for volunteers. It is two hours from the ancient Maya city of Tikal and many other extraordinary ecotourism and archaeological destinations. June-August are extremely hot months, so volunteers must be adaptable to working in a humid climate by day (though by night you should be able to find relatively inexpensive air-conditioned accommodations). For communication with staff and the public, PROFICIENT to FLUENT SPANISH IS ESSENTIAL. Good humor, adaptability, excellent manners, and willingness to pitch in as needed. Web programming, archival, marketing, and social media skills are needed for the different projects. One or more volunteers at the Actun Kan caves may also be doing some hands on labor on the site.
201. X-runner, Lima PeruWe deliver hygenic in-home sanitation by combining a portable dry toilet, a weekly pick-up system and high quality customer care. For a small monthly fee we improve and ease the daily lives of our customers and create a cleaner, healthier environment for homes and communities.Lima, PerúSocial enterprise (first peruvian company to be certified with B Corporation) developing and operating a container-based sanitation services in slum areas of lima. In Lima, the second driest capital of the world, there are more than 2 million people who do not have access to proper sanitation and to the sewage system due to water scarcity and lack of public investment. Families living in these areas –so called shantytowns – use pit latrines in their homes. When feces accumulate, their homes and communities convert into infectious areas. The consequences are mortal diseases, bad odors, nuisance from insects (flies and cockroaches) and rats. The pit latrines contaminate the groundwater and harm the foundation of the houses. Our mission is to change that reality and to give dignity and a better quality of lives to those in need.
Community Water Center, Central Valley CaliforniaCommunity-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacyVisalia, CAWorking on the drinking water problems, and the human right to water, for poor farming communities in the Southern Central Valley - a right in our back yard - who don't have safe drinking water.
Sac office: 916-706-3346
Projects Available 2017
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