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Internship, World Hunger Relief, Inc., Waco, Texas
DescriptionInterns commit to learn and work at World Hunger Relief, Inc.'s training facility for 13 months. The goal is that they: * Develop skills in sustainable agricultural production and problem-solving * Learn approaches to community development, cross-cultural communication, and adult education * Develop a holistic approach to Christian missions * Understand the socio-political contexts of world hunger and identify appropriate Christian responses * Become familiar with food technology, nutrition and health issues The WHRI farm produces organic vegetables, milk, eggs, meat, and organic pecans for sale in the local market. Interns are, therefore, involved in all aspects of running a working farm (planning, production, research, marketing, etc.) We try as much as possible to utilize production techniques appropriate to developing-world settings. These include composting, cover cropping, biointensive integrated pest management, drip irrigation, multi-species rotational grazing, pastured poultry, etc. In addition to farm work, interns are involved in leading school tours, teaching classes, and speaking to church and community groups. Those interns who choose to participate in the optional 3-month international internship will be encouraged to raise support through fund-raising activities. Interns may also choose to learn skills in animal traction through a one-month exchange agreement with Tillers International in Kalamazoo, MI. All these experiences are integral to the learning of the intern. To supplement their practical learning, interns attend classroom lessons two afternoons per week. Curriculum for these lessons covers a broad range of topics, but centers on sustainable agriculture and Christian missions. Field trips are also organized to other farms, and interns are encouraged to attend short courses at other facilities in Texas and beyond. WHRI provides interns with housing, utilities and staple foods. We try as much as possible to consume food produced on the farm including vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, meat, eggs, milk, cheese & yogurt. Since some of this production is seasonal, it is supplemented by purchased staples. Non-staple foods may be purchased at the intern's expense. We are located around 1 mile from a grocery store and post office and approximately 7 miles from downtown Waco. We encourage interns whenever possible to carpool with other personnel at the farm. In keeping with our emphasis on sustainable living, intern housing is simple but adequate. Our dormitory houses up to a dozen single interns and volunteers. In addition, we have limited housing for families. The dorm has a communal kitchen, and residents work together to keep the facility clean and healthful. Intern Assistantships are available on a competitive, rotating basis for those individuals who wish to earn income beyond room and board. Assistantships provide a modest stipend ($500/month), and they are required to maintain basic health insurance. Intern assistants are assigned management responsibilities and work hours in one of our income-generating enterprises: * Fresh-market vegetable production * Livestock * Pecan orchard * Village store * Urban Gardening Individuals with outside sponsorship, or adequate personal means, may wish to forgo assistantship responsibilities (and remuneration) in order to allow more time for independent study and projects that prepare more specifically them for their future assignment. For these individuals, we recommend our Live-In Volunteer program. Requirements: Interns are expected to have agricultural experience, international experience and a commitment to service.
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Short Term Mission Trip Details
References from people who have done Short Term Missions with this organization before are available upon request. Submit "Send Inquiry or Apply" to receive more information.
Internships start in May, September and January, the assignments start the beginning of the month, and finish the end of the same month the following year. Applications should be submitted 6 months before the desired start date.
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- Room & Board
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Cost (per person)
This cost includes:
Basic dorm housing or simple apartments for family. $500 per month stipend. Basic staple foods are provided.
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