IIP Internships in Nicaragua
Comunidad Connect (CC)
About: Comunidad Connect is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire communities to become actively involved in sustainable development. Their organization offers programs in medical health, clean water, environmental responsibility, youth development and cultural exchange. Through some early grants, volunteerism, and a shoestring budget, Comunidad Connect restored a neglected community space into a bustling multi-use recreational facility coined the Sports Park, and launched the town’s first municipal recycling program, which served as the basis for the environmental stewardship aspect of CC, Campo Verde. Comunidad Connect continues to enlist the support of volunteers, which has evolved into the Sustainable Tourism program, and has enabled CC to expand its purpose to include community health promotion. Their clinic now provides primary care to thousands of rural Nicaraguans.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work on one or both of the following projects:
- Impact measurement and documentation: The IIP intern would be responsible for compiling critical project data via home visits and site visits, as well as documenting qualitative data via interviews, photos, videos, etc.
- Book club development and community outreach: In 2015, CC will begin several educational projects in Los Robles, Jinotega. This project involves the development of book clubs in schools and in the community. The IIP intern will work with teachers and local health volunteers to promote reading in school and at home. This will feed directly into a larger strategy to promote and support youth development in this community of 2,000 people.
Qualifications: Background/interest in Latin American studies, information technology, systems engineering, documentation/film-making, marketing, education, public health, medicine, nursing, and/or sports recreation. Advanced Spanish (writing, speaking, reading skills at 200 level or above) is required. Skills in social media content development/management and film-making/editing would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of a past IIP intern): My work responsibilities included: contributing to the organizations social media with meaningful posts that will spark engagement and grow the organizations reputation, helping teach an English class in the afternoons two days a week, creating a database for the community sports park to organize the information of athletes who participate in the baseball and football leagues, and helping with other sports parks projects such as taking photos for the youth baseball all-star game and helping set up for the event. I also organized a girls sports day to promote female participation in athletics and to build confidence in young girls. The day served as a venue in which to promote female empowerment themes and also as an opportunity for young girls to try and learn about different sports in a safe, fun venue. Other projects I worked on included: a recycling needs assessment (an assessment of the municipal recycling program in place in SJDS), a report on this assessment and a solar project. This assessment included going to several meetings and then spending a day in one of the trash collecting trucks learning about the process. For the solar project, I coordinated the transport and collection of materials; led community meetings and teaching sessions and then installed the panels. I also designed an evaluation packet so that the technology will hopefully be sustainable into the future. Lasting, I helped the organization develop sustainable tourism connections: I wrote a proposal to connect Princeton University with Comunidad Connect (CC)'s sustainable tourism program and also helped facilitate a relationship between CC and New Hampton School (my high school) to create an opportunity for service learning...I learned about how to be thorough, follow up with people, communicate effectively within my organization, create and use databases and how to implement new technologies into very poor, rural areas.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
Comunidad Connect Intern #1
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