June 5th, 2010 at 7:06 am June 5th, 2010 at 7:06 am by Curt Beckmann
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the organizations that are working to reduce poverty and help us live both richly and sustainably had the resources to share their best ideas and practices? Of course! (Okay, maybe that was too easy. )
But we know that most of these organizations are already overcommitted and that thoroughly documenting a project is a big job. Meanwhile, there are lots of folks that want to help make the world a better place, and are quite willing to travel as part of the effort. But very often the willing traveler is no more knowledgeable than local workers, and so it is hard to justify traveling in-country to lend a hand.
Juxtaposing these tensions provides a nice little epiphany. Traveling interns can make excellent documenters. Documenting great projects at Appropedia helps all parties. The traveling intern learns a ton. The host project gets some deserved recognition and awareness. The broader community gets to see well-written, in-depth information that will, ultimately, get categorized, linked and translated for greatest usefulness.
To this end, Appropedia has begun prototyping our Travel Internship program. Appropedia's first travel intern, Isabell (Liz) Kimbrough, is already in-country in Peru. She has already coordinated with some partners, but still has room in her itinerary to visit (and document) other projects in Peru (June), Ecuador (July), Colombia (July) and Panama (August). And so, we hereby launch the Travel Intern Initiative to invite everyone to help make Isabell's trip better. We also want to prepare for broader participation in (and promotion of) our Travel Intern program later this year, so that you can head for the dock, and get your documentation thing on.
Please take a look at these pages to learn more about the program, and find ways you can help it have the most impact:
- See Isabell's itinerary to learn where she's going, or add a potential project or partner for her or a future Travel Intern.
- Would you (or a friend) like to be a Travel Intern? Practice writing articles and show your stuff! And check out the application process.
- How can we make the Travel Intern program better? Leave a note on this page, or a leave a comment on this blog post!
- Visit the Travel Intern Initiative launch page for more details.
Please help us spread the word about this program. Use Twitter, Facebook or your blog to share it with potential interns or partners. If you're as excited as we are about this program, and have an hour a week to help out, consider a stint stewarding this Initiative!