Internship: Strategic Support
Soy Capaz! – Educational Programs of Amazon Promise
¡Soy Capaz! is seeking an intern for strategic support of the program’s operations: namely fundraising, grant writing and media outreach. The intern will work a minimum of 20 hours/week for approximately 6 months, starting at anytime. Specific duties include:
- Fundraising: ¡Soy Capaz! relies solely on private contributions. We need funding for the existing educational and training activities, and in order to include new educational topics that have surged from our ongoing dialogue with the local communities. We also intend to broaden our social services for patients from the jungle areas. The intern will thus provide support to the program’s fundraising operations through grant and other prospect research, grant writing, and drafting of donor correspondence.
- Media Outreach and Communications: The intern will develop and maintain the program’s media presence by drafting press releases, by regularly featuring the program in social media (including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog, etc.), and by working with alumni and friends to draft and place articles and commentaries in publications.
Amazon Promise is a U.S. based, non-profit organization whose mission is to give essential medical care and provide education to alleviate suffering, save lives, and inspire hope in the poverty-stricken remote and urban communities of the Loreto province in the Peruvian Upper Amazon region. Since 1993, Amazon Promise has been organizing four to six medical interventions per year, each staffed by educators and medical and non-medical volunteers. The organization is headquartered in the jungle city of Iquitos, while its strategies are developed by the core Members in the United States. Through Amazon Promise, over 120,000 inhabitants of the most underserved parts of Peru have received education and medical care, and over 800 professionals have volunteered their time.
¡Soy Capaz! is the educational program of Amazon Promise that specializes in the prevention of transmittable infections -- HIV in particular -- and other common diseases such as diarrhea (with focus on personal hygiene and water treatment). Furthermore, we address issues of domestic violence, alcoholism, and women’s and reproductive rights. A new addition to our program is focus on the synergies between health-protection and environmental-protection behaviors.
It is our goal to affect changes in the behavioral modes of both individuals and communities. To this end, we work closely with local populations. There are two basic levels of our educational activities:
1. general education (workshops, interactive lectures, school visits, individual counseling)
2. training of local volunteers (who continue our activities in our absence)
¡Soy Capaz! produces its own teaching, training and informational materials, posters and DVDs.
In addition, our HIV-prevention program has included HIV testing and patient services since its inception in 2005. At present, we are intending to secure a grant in order to run a temporary-stay house in the city of Iquitos for men living with HIV and for our volunteer trainees from the jungle regions. In this manner, we would be able to meet the persistent necessity to expand our services and training.
- Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences
- Previous experience in fundraising, particularly grant writing, drafting of donor correspondence, and social media applications
- Ability to work independently, prioritize, and make deadlines
- Commitment to international development and providing essential services to populations in need
- Experience working and/or living abroad, preferably in Latin America
- Proficiency in Spanish preferred
The intern will be asked to demonstrate the results of his/her funding research, produce large quantities of written text, and maintain the program’s media presence on a weekly basis. All work will be conducted in close collaboration with the Director of Educational Programs, Dr. Elena Deem, who will manage the intern, and under the general supervision of the President of the organization.
While Amazon Promise is unable to offer compensation, the intern will be invited to participate in one medical expedition in Peru. Amazon Promise will waive 50% of the trip fee (or 100% provided the intern is fluent in Spanish). Note: all travel expenses (e.g., airfare to Peru/Iquitos, hotels and meals) will be the responsibility of the intern.
Amazon Promise has been recognized for its long-term commitment and effectiveness to improving health in Peru. In March 2010, Amazon Promise President Patty Webster was named a CNN Hero (www.cnn.com/heroes) for her life-long dedication to providing desperately needed medical care and health education to vulnerable populations in Peru. The organization has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Detroit News, and VIV Magazine; promoted by the Portland Area Global AIDS Coalition; and past volunteers have received awards for their work with Amazon Promise, including the D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award, Caring Institute Award.