Eagle Condor offers domestic and international internships.
b. Office - Volunteer hours are needed and appreciated to make our organization successful. Whether you’re interested in marketing, office work, or putting on a fundraiser, we can find the perfect spot for you!
To explore the option of a domestic internship, simply call us at: 801-263-2000
b. Children- Working with the children under our care at the Aldea Infantil, El Bichito (little bug) in Peru, or at our projects in Colombia and Ecuador you will be providing one-on-one mentoring to help children break out of generational poverty. Read more about each site on Our Projects.
Please read through the following to see if an international internship with Eagle Condor Humanitarian is right for you.
The heart of an internship is focused on creating options where there previously were none. You can change the opportunities and futures of needy children and families in the communities and country where you’ll serve and empower children through nutrition, health, education, skill development and identity to produce long term poverty alleviation. Interns can catch and instill this vision.
Eagle Condor Internships:
- Live in the orphanage, children’s shelter, or community in which you serve
- Length may be geared around your schedule with a suggested 8 week minimum and longer internships encouraged
- Basic Spanish preferred, but not required
- Free time to explore your host country & community
- Internship handbook, literature & required pre-internship training workshops
- Constant communication with Eagle-Condor staff to reach personal and organizational goals
- Eagle Condor Humanitarian Intern Program sends qualified individuals & couples to support children, families and/or communities to develop skills of self-reliance and sustainability
- Complete and send in Intern Application and fee (see application below) – Please carefully review Code of Conduct, the Liability Form and No Refund Policy before signing
- $350 monthly contribution for each month of your internship to cover operational costs, and accomodations – (exceptions may be made on an individual basis by submitting a written request)
- Age for interns is preferably at least 19 (call for exceptions)
- Encourage family and friends to sponsor projects and children with Eagle Condor to help the children and community where you’ll serve
- Submit weekly blog posts to Eagle Condor’s children’s blog: http://blog.ahomeforachild.org/
- Interns are responsible for paying all international and domestic travel and tourism expenses -
- Self motivated, resilient, flexible, emotionally mature, strong work ethic and independent – those seeking a vacation, a chance to “check out” or relax need not apply -
- As with any international travel, risks are involved and it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Eagle Condor Humanitarian strives to provide a safe and secure environment for the children, staff and interns. Eagle Condor has the right to remove any interns who do not provide a safe haven for the children under our care. In addition, interns need to be “independent” of parental oversight for their own safety as solid decision making is important for personal safety.
“Like I told you last night, my bed that broke my back the first week is now comfortable…the kids that pushed my buttons the first week now make me wanna cry I love them so much…the Spanish that gave me headache after headache is now just a fun game to see how much I can understand…”
- Natalie Bell
“I met the boys first. They were digging into the packed dirt to make a parking lot. They paused to greet me and continued their work. As they worked, we chatted. I understand little of what they said due to the unfamiliar Spanish dialect. Even so, I managed to communicate my desire to try this shoveling dirt thing for myself. One of the boys handed me a shovel. It was more difficult than I expected. I could hardly break ground! The boys laughed, took my shovel, and continued to work. Even the smallest boys were putting me to shame.
I met the girls shortly thereafter. They had clearly just showered as their hair was wet and smelling quite fruity. They were a cheerful lot, asking me questions, and giving me a tour of their home. One half of the dorm rooms were complete. There was no running water or electricity at that time, yet it was clean and every child had a bed, clean bedding, clothes, and a place to put personal belongings.
I went to bed that night wanting to adopt all of those smiling faces. They had a clean home and hot food, but I didn’t see them with all of the things I had growing up. They didn’t have two biological parents who loved them unconditionally. They didn’t have shopping trips with Mom and ice cream treats with Dad. I noticed their lack of hide-and-seek with neighbors, a room full of toys, and visits to grandparents. That first night, I went to bed feeling sorry for the children of El Girasol.
It didn’t take me long to see how much these children do have. After eating with the kids, learning with them, laughing with them, and working beside them, I began to understand. That December, Maria and Profeta arrived for the first time, smiling like they had just won the lottery. It was then that I realized that this home is magical. In a country where hopelessness reigns and poverty abounds, these children have hope, hot meals, a warm bed, school uniforms, and more than they ever dared to dream of. They are free from the tragedies that defined their younger years. They have more supportive brothers and sisters than anyone else I know. They have parents in Juan, Delia, Leo, Eunice, and Laura. They are surrounded with aunties and uncles. They are educated, cared for, and loved. El Girasol houses some of the luckiest kids in all of Peru and perhaps even in the United States. After all, the children of El Girasol can find joy in a game of marbles. They’ll use rocks if they can’t find the marbles.
I hope that these children find a way to bring more hope and smiles to Peru and the world beyond. I believe someday they will.”
- Colleen Burns
“I arrived in Peru with goals to get things done. I wanted to help in EVERY way possible and make sure that I made a difference. I had big ideas, big hopes, big dreams. In the end, though, I my big ideas were nothing compared to the little things that actually made the difference.
These kids taught me about love, patience, kindness, intelligence, virtue, smiles, every possible attribute that good human beings have. They want to make a difference. They want to be the difference. Their hard work on the farms, in El Girasol, on school work, and even while playing tether-ball will make that difference.
As an intern, you help them be the difference. You help them realize their worth so that they can go out into the world and become the great people that they really are.
My family grew from the few of us, here in the US, to be 6 times larger. I can honestly say that this experience was the most amazing thing I have ever done. Probably ever will do. I wouldn’t trade any day or experience I had in Peru for anything.”
- Sarah Hess
Check out my video regarding my internship: Video
- Tanner Billingsley