This program supports education and development of knowledge and technical skills related to studies, job functions or special interests in the thematic areas related to the YRS’s mission.
With a focus on internationalization, the training program facilitates intellectual and cultural dialogue and exchange among participants from different parts of the world. There are two subprograms:
Academic subprogram The principle training mechanisms used are:
- Intensive, short- and medium-length theoretical-practical courses
Part of these initiatives are organized directly by the YRS. We also provide logistical support and coordination for training programs run by other academic departments at PUCE or other academic-scientific organizations, both national and international, interested in using our facilities and the natural environment surrounding them.
Academic-focused training programs are aimed at:
- Undergraduate and graduate students studying degrees related to the socio-environmental sciences (independent of their institutional affiliation).
- Professionals from government, non-government and private organizations working in socio-environmental areas.
- Members of local indigenous and mestizo communities
This program offers opportunities for those who identify with our mission to be connected to existing projects at the YRS. We use two strategies:
These learning opportunities are aimed at applying knowledge and developing specific skills and abilities a student should cultivate for a successful future career.
Participants can be students from Ecuadorian or international higher education institutions on either technical, two- or four-year degree tracks or graduate students and who are in need of training as part of their academic studies or fulfillment of an academic requirement.
Interns will not be salaried or considered official employees of the YRS or PUCE.
Volunteer placements are open to both Ecuadorian and international citizens interested in participating in public interest and socio-environmental-related activities. Volunteer positions are available to professionals in diverse fields, undergraduate and graduate students and individuals who have experience in a specific area and who are capable of supporting the objectives of a specific project. These positions are unpaid and do not involve commercial or work contracts.
Volunteers will carry out activities that are closely associated with scientific, environmental, social, educational topics or other similar issues, as long as they are compatible with the YRS’s mission.
Although internships and volunteer work have different motivations, both offer an opportunity for participants to gain professional skills and specialize in certain tasks.
Both interns and volunteers will be selected based on merit and availability of positions in projects.