Jobs/Internships/Volunteer Opportunities

Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest

Week of March 13th, 2020

 Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

(Posts will be available for 4 weeks)

1. Volunteer Teams Needed In Puerto Rico

Volunteer Teams are currently hard at work in Puerto Rico for their Spring breaks. As locals witness the impact we are having in their community, more opportunities are presenting themselves. Help us fulfill all the new requests for help and restore Puerto Rico back to its natural beauty. Please fill out a Volunteer Team Sign Up Form to reserve space for your team!

2. Librarian @ The Brazilian Library of New York

Founded in 2004, the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts –BEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution located in Manhattan dedicated to advancing Brazilian arts and culture in the United States.

The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (BEA), located at 240 E 52nd St in New York City, has an internship/volunteering opportunity for a student to work as a librarian in its facility.

Potentially interested students should email and attach their CVs and availability.

3. English Opens Doors Program: Volunteer Opportunities

The English Opens Doors Program’s Volunteer Initiative, is a fee-free opportunity from the Chilean Ministry of Education, supported by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile. The English Opens Doors Program is seeking native and near-native English-speaking volunteers above the age of 21 to teach English in coordination with Chilean teachers of English in public schools throughout Chile. Volunteers will work independently with students from 11 to 18 years old, and no previous teaching experience is needed to apply!

English Opens Doors Program volunteers spend approximately 35 hours per week focusing on developing students’ communicative abilities in English using a dynamic teaching style, facilitating intercultural exchange, and generally making English fun to learn! Volunteers will gain real teaching experience in a Latin American country through a United Nations-sponsored program, while simultaneously learning or improving their Spanish-language abilities and getting to know an incredible country with a wealth of cultural and geographical beauty. More importantly, the English Opens Doors Program will give volunteers the opportunity to make a positive impact in a public-school community and to change their own lives in the process.

Volunteers of the EODP are provided with the following benefits:

  • Fee-free visa
  • Host family experience (individual room + 3 meals a day)
  • Small monthly stipend for daily transportation (approximately $135 USD per month)
  • In-country health insurance
  • Facilitation of a basic Chilean bank account
  • Thorough visa and pre-departure support
  • Comprehensive teacher training and orientation before the volunteer service
  • Pedagogical and cultural support from the National Volunteer Center and Regional Representatives during the volunteer service

We are recruiting volunteers for our Volunteer Service 3 (July 20 – November 18, 2020) and Volunteer Service 4 (August 3 – December 2, 2020) groups. The deadline for the Volunteer Service is March 9 and the deadline for the Volunteer Service 4 is March 23.

For more information about this volunteer initiative, please check out our website at:

4. Tinker Visiting Professorship

Deadline: April 5, 2020 for Academic Year 2021-2022

Columbia University is one of five major universities to have a professorship endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation. The goal of the Tinker Visiting Professor program is to bring to the campus pre-eminent scholars and professionals (journalists, writers, artists, public officials, etc.) who are citizens of a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking Latin American country, Portugal, or Spain, and reside in the region, as a means of encouraging contact and collaboration.  Please note that If the applicant is a citizen of Portugal or Spain, she/he must have expertise on Latin America.

Since the inception of the Tinker program in 1971, Columbia has hosted many distinguished visitors for one-semester periods of residence. These guests have strengthened our curriculum offerings on Latin America, complemented departmental strengths, and contributed to understanding of Latin American issues.

A Tinker Visiting Professor offers to teach (or co-teach) one course – a mixed graduate/undergraduate class in his/her field of expertise. The visitor is asked to also give two public lectures. The Tinker Professor will be supported by a stipend, office space at the Institute of Latin American Studies, assistance in arranging Columbia housing, roundtrip airfare from home country, and part-time research assistance. Funding can also be made available to support conferences or other events at the University related to the visitor’s fields of interest during or following their semester of residence.

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) administers the Tinker Professor Program on behalf of Columbia University. For more information, contact Esteban Andrade (

Application Process

Applicants are invited to submit a brief statement of interest. The statement should explain the qualifications of the candidate, his or her research concentration and the specific goals of the visit to Columbia University (1-2 pages in total), as well as a current and summarized curriculum vita, and a letter from a Columbia University faculty member on campus endorsing his/her application and objective of the visit.  The Executive Committee of the Institute of Latin American Studies will review these proposals by the beginning of May and invite a limited number of candidates to submit a full application, which will consist of a personal statement describing their research and proposed teaching areas with the description of one course, a complete vita, and two letters of recommendation.  Please submit applications to:

5. Summer Intern with Manna Project International – Community Development in Ecuador

Manna Project International offers ethical volunteer positions in Ecuador for undergraduate students in the following programs: Spanish / Latin America / Education / Public Health / International Development / Affairs / Business / Service Learning. Students in similar programs will be considered as well.

We have had over 2000 volunteers since our founding in 2004, including over 280 summer interns. We already partner with many U.S. universities, including Univ of Penn, Vanderbilt, UMass-Lowell, Findlay, and more. We’re also an official counterpart of Peace Corps Ecuador. For summer 2020, we offer 5- and 10-week placements in our education, health and economic livelihood programs, for a great value at ($2100 for 5 weeks, $3900 for 10 weeks). 

We also provide:

  • short-term group service learning trips
  • 3-7 month leadership positions (called Program Directors) for current students and recent graduates

For more information, visit:

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