Title: Organic Farming Intern
Number of Open Positions: 1
Location: Jessore, Bangladesh
Duration: 8 weeks
Salary: 15,000 Tk/ month living stipend (room, board, and transportation within Bangladesh are provided; students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Bangladesh)
Panigram Resort will be a socially and environmentally responsible spa resort located in southern Bangladesh. We are developing a luxury boutique resort with a spa and wellness center that protects the natural and cultural heritage of Bangladesh, provides authentic and distinctive travel experiences to discerning travelers, promotes sustainable development, and improves the quality of life in the host community. The organic farming intern will work with a professor of organic farming and the villagers to establish an organic farming program in the village building on the work done by the previous year’s intern and using the organic farming plots at Panigram as an example. We have a pilot group of about 25 village farmers who are interested in the program. Interns will teach the villagers organic farming techniques, work with them to apply for grants to cover the losses of the first two years where yields are lower due to soil degradation, and help them figure out the distribution channels to the stores that sell organic produce in Dhaka.
Interns also act as ambassadors for Panigram Resort in our host community and are expected to participate in other activities with the villagers such as Friday English lessons with children and movie nights.
You will be staying in the newly constructed staff quarters at the resort property. The rooms are clean and modern and you will have your own private bathroom, but there is no air conditioning.
Interns are given some basic Bangla lessons when they arrive so that they can communicate with the villagers. The Bangladeshi people are very warm and hospitable and our past interns have formed some strong bonds with the community.
The environment is one of work and play where you can take a pottery class in our pottery village, go on a cow cart ride, take a night time boat ride, and truly experience Bangladeshi village life. The resort is currently under construction so you will be a part of the pre-opening process.
• Agriculture major preferred, but will also take enthusiastic students with a passion for organic farming
• Has completed at least their sophomore year
• Independent worker
• Comfortable working in foreign cultures
Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Organic Farming Internship” by May 1, 2014. (Applications without cover letters will not be accepted.)