In the Kathmandu Valley, local communities are dealing with daily environmental challenges: air pollution is increasing, plastic being burnt instead of recycled and there is no coordinated waste disposal system. On top of this, climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events such as floods and landslides, as well as threatening farmers' abilities to earn an income from the land. Together, these issues are not only damaging the environment, but also threatening locals' health and livelihoods.
Our charity the FutureSense Foundation works with the local community year-round to develop and implement programs that address these issues and create long-term solutions. As an environment intern, you will be assisting this work. Some of the projects you could be involved in include:
Conducting research to understand the complex environmental issues in the local area.
Designing environmental interventions based on your research.
Developing workshops and education packs to teach school children and community members about environmental issues and how to address these.
Running environmental education workshops at local schools and in the broader community.
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When you arrive in Nepal you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Nepalese culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’ll be working on.
For the rest of your internship you'll work with FutureSense Monday - Friday and the weekend will be free to do your own travelling. In the final week of your internship you will give a presentation to the FutureSense team and local community members of the projects you've been working on.
On the last day, you’ll be transported back to the airport or you can continue on with your own travels.
Download the itinerary for a day-by-day overview of the internship
Doing an internship like this will help you gain crucial transferrable skills and boost your employability. Some of the capabilities you can expect to develop are:
Flexibility and working in an ever-changing environment.
Confidence and stepping out of your comfort zone.
Making presentations and public speaking.
Research and making comparisons.
Using theoretical frameworks to guide the practical implementation of strategies.
An understanding of environmental challenges in Nepal and the complexities of delivering programs in a developing country.
I learnt so much more in this short time than I thought possible. While it will challenge you in many different ways, the sense of accomplishment and the amazing people you’ll meet along the way, make it one of the best experiences you’ll have.Maggie Campbell-Jones - La Trobe University