Development Intern, Guatemala

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Sequoia International is an international alliance of change agents looking to break the cycle of physical and sexual violence against women throughout the world. Specifically, our mission is to give women the tools they need to make autonomous decisions about their personal safety and security. To do this, we have developed the "Sequoia model," which works in three steps:

1) We partner with existing non-profit organizations to help form communities of women that are safety proactive and conscious of their own intrinsic worth as women and as human beings;

2) We lead workshops on the human rights guaranteed to women by the government of their country; and

3) We teach women about basic self defense and (defensive) martial arts.

Because we know that the most difficult part of an initiative of this nature is to reach the people who need it most, we are developing a training program by which to train women to do outreach work within their communities. To this end, we are developing a "bracelet" training and certification system similar to the belt system in karate. Borrowing from the Filipino martial arts style of Kali, we are also "hiding" the lessons and moves in a song and dance, to ensure the women teaching and learning these lessons stay safe while working within machismo societies.

Sequoia International is based in Antigua, Guatemala, but we are partnered with organizations in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the United States. Currently, we are focused on working with non-profit organizations, but we are also beginning to partner with campus organizations in the U.S.

We need an intern to fill a variety of roles, namely: research, outreach to various organizations, site visits, social media content creation, and self defense trainings. Because we are such a small team, we need a dedicated change agent to join our ranks so that we can sustain a continuing level of growth. You will not be treated like an intern, but rather a valued equal on the team that will help make decisions and leave your imprint on the organization.

This internship posting is for Antigua, Guatemala. Although we are unable to offer you payment, we will be more than happy to help you set up accommodations and find part-time employment. Because the internship is flexible and you are not required to report to an office location, you can fit your Sequoia work schedule in with another part-time position. Ideally, the internship would last for at least 3 months, but up to a year is preferred.


Day-to-day tasks vary widely, but will likely include:

--outreach to organizations throughout Central America via email and phone; establishing alliances is key
--outreach to campuses in the U.S. to help create student groups around student safety
--research into human rights legislation within Guatemala
--development of social media content, such as videos and infographics
--participation in strategic planning meetings and site visits; many site visits will be in and around Antigua, but others might be in other parts of the country or Central America
--learning martial arts (this is one of the cool perks!)
--training women in martial arts and human rights, in Spanish


We would prefer to have someone on our team who has recently graduated with a university degree or is in the process of earning a university degree. However, we are more interested in looking at your whole experience as a person and why you think you are a good fit for this position. As you will be working directly with Spanish-speaking populations, proficiency in Spanish is a must.

To select this candidate, we will be looking primarily at the resume and the results from a Skype interview. We want people who are interested in: women's empowerment, international development, martial arts, human rights, marketing, communication, networking, strategic planning, and creative problem solving.

If interested, please apply by sending in a copy of your resume/CV and a cover letter.

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