Such a dedicated and creative group of volunteers who are truly invested in the future of the rainforests.
I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership since 2018, helping with my experience in Salesforce Development, Information Technology, and Data Management to contribute to the growth and impact of the organization in Peru and Ecuador. Since joining the team, I have grown to support its mission and have developed many friendships with the staff and volunteers
I am the Engagement Director with the Rainforest Partnership, and this is my first experience working for a non-profit. Not only do I feel very welcomed by the entire team, but I am consistently in awe of the hard work that every single member puts in. It shows me that each volunteer is treated well and feels inspired and motivated to do their best work. Our CEO, Niyanta, is so warm, kind, and positive, not to mention she is the hardest worker I've ever met. I am very proud to be a part of this organization and I look forward to my future with RP and all of the amazing work we can get done not only in South America but at home as well.
As a project intern, my time has been an incredible learning experience because the culture of Rainforest Partnership is centered around collaboration and support. In addition, it is inspiring to work with people who are so dedicated to our partner communities and conservation.
I found Rainforest Partnership a few months ago and it did not take long for me to be amazed at how unique and different this nonprofit is. They go about protecting rainforests from an angle I have never seen before that, at its core, is so inspirational that I immediately wanted to get involved in as a volunteer. Rainforest Partnership seeks to protect and restore our natural rainforests by educating and empowering indigenous communities to create sustainable livelihoods through "projects" listed on the nonprofit's website. These projects are diverse and creative ways to protect the rainforests, and donors can pick which project to donate to. Not only is this nonprofit's mission to make trees more valuable left standing fundamentally different from the rest, but the organizational structure and company spirit are vibrant and special. CEO Niyanta Spelman has a passion unlike any I've ever seen that drives this organization forward and inspires every member of the team. When she visits these indigenous rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador, she dines and lives with them rather than staying five-star hotel. Rainforest Partnership is an empowering female-led initiative that I can see myself being involved in for a long time.
Rainforest Partnership is one of the most impactful conservation NGOs in the world! I've been a Project Intern at RP for about a month and a half, and every week I get to see the progress we're making on projects for both digital engagement of Gen Z as well as supporting our partner community in Ecuador. I love it here and couldn't ask for a better internship experience.
I've been at Rainforest Partnership for about two months now, from day one it's been an amazing experience! I am sometimes in awe at the simplicity at the core of our work: we believe in connecting and learning from each other. This means listening to our partners and teammates, finding out what is needed and how we can effectively solve these problems.
Our team is made up of passionate, talented, and incredibly smart individuals who inspire me each day. We are always looking for the good, and for ways to build on what works. Our team does not just hope for a more sustainable future; we know the future will be more sustainable because of the work we are doing alongside rainforest communities.
I have been working with Rainforest Partnership for about two months and I love the working atmosphere! Although I just joined, there are so many intiatives I'm able to work with and have a lot of autonomy in providing my own insight and ideas. RP's focus on indigenous communities really shifts the focus of rainforest conservation to the communities that need the most attention. I've had the opportunity to work on World Rainforest Day, which was an inspiring 24 hours of rainforest celebration, and was awed by the amount of partner actions and participation and enthusiasm surrounding the day!
Rainforest Partnership is unique in that it works in partnership with local and indigenous communities in the Amazon and global rainforests to make the task of deforestation mitigation successful and sustainable. As a volunteer in the summer of 2020, I was so encouraged to see that local and indigenous participation and ownership is key to Rainforest Partnership's approach in protecting the rainforest, because it creates a cohesive community that can withstand external industrial threats. In addition, by working with local and indigenous women to also contribute to generating an income, this women-run organization promotes greater rainforest and global community gender equity and women empowerment. I'm so proud to have worked with such a dynamic, inclusivity- and sustainability- minded group to combat deforestation and build an environmentally-sound future for everyone. Please consider giving them your support!
I began volunteering with Rainforest Partnership back in October of 2018 in the area of multimedia production. Now having almost a full year with the RP team, I can say that they are one of the most hardworking and focused organizations that I have had the privilege to work for. Over the last months, I have seen how our organization and its supporters have aided in the protection of rainforests and empowerment of rainforest communities. I feel fulfillment working in with Rainforest Partnership, because of the amazing people that make RP what it is.
(Below is a photo of RPs annual film competition)
I love this organization so much that I've decided to jump on board! So thankful to participate in the growth!
The Rainforest Partnership team is wonderful! They have accountability tools which make it easy to understand the impact they're making. Every interaction with the volunteers and the internal team, from events to partnerships, was pleasant and frictionless.
Rainforest Partnership is on the front lines of international efforts to create a sustainable future for the whole world. As an intern, I've gained a greater awareness of the issues and complexity at hand and have a greater sense of what we can do to work toward a future in which respect for the environment and respect for people are aligned.
This organization is filled with unique people with diverse backgrounds, all using their experiences to help reach the same end goal: protecting and regenerating tropical rainforests by working directly with communities in the Amazon rainforest. Rainforest partnership excels in its emphasis on people.
I have recently begun writing for Rainforest Partnership, and I can tell you that this team is comprised of some extremely motivated individuals. With World Rainforest Day coming up on June 22nd, everyone is coming together to make the deepest impact possible. It is exciting to be a part of such an energetic and empathetic group–incredibly satisfied with my choice to volunteer here.
Great people! They are all truly passionate and hard working people that thrive to make this world a better place and a cleaner future.
Great nonprofit that has a very meaningful impact on the environment. The team here is amazing: hardworking, intelligent, and understanding. Great atmosphere and energies.
I have been working at RP for two years now, and the experience has been a defining one in my life. The people who work at Rainforest Partnership are passionate about the cause and that enthusiasm spreads to office culture. I've had the opportunity to take on interesting work from the beginning, working with people from all different backgrounds.
I’ve been working with Rainforest Partnership's since last Fall and seen firsthand the value all members from different levels have for the core principles RP holds. I enjoy that I'm coming into a setting that I recognize my work is appreciated as well seeing how it all comes together to make a difference in the work RP does working with the communities within South America. Rainforest Partnership's mission to protect tropical rainforest by giving the people on the grounds their own economic alternatives to deforestation. Their projects have amazing outcomes from empowering women based businesses to ecotourism! This not only helps alleviates destruction of an ecosystem but also establish the longevity of these communities with their traditional customs.
I've been working here since last December. Everyone I've met in RP is absolutely passionate and friendly. When I first met Niyanta, Executive Director of RP, I was so impressed by the way she works. It's not just about rainforest but also animals and people, too. I'm sure that working with Rainforest Partnership would be a great opportunity for everyone to think about how everything that lives is interconnected and do something helpful for this planet.
I've absolutely loved working with the RP! I first joined as a volunteer grant writer, and have since contributed on a regular basis to the website blog.
The leadership at this organization is extraordinarily passionate, focused, and devoted to accomplishing the goals that we've set for ourselves.
Rainforest protection and welfare is an important cause that affects us all, and the Rainforest Partnership is doing a great job raising awareness and raising funds to contribute to being a solution.
I love volunteering for Rainforest Partnership! I love working with a group of truly passionate people that have a great desire to help make our world a better place!
I absolutely love this non-profit located right in the heart of Austin, Texas. I volunteered with them for a couple months while I was going to school, and everyone within the organization is so friendly and passionate. They truly care about what they are doing, and the fact that they team up with the tribes from the Amazon sets them apart from any other non-profit I have ever heard of. I can't wait to see what more these guys do in the future!
Rainforest Partnership has a very worthy mission, as the world's rainforests will be gone in the next century if we don't take the necessary action to protect them! I have been working for them for a while, and I really value all the the hard work that goes into our mission, as well as the on-going support from the other staff and volunteers.
Rainforest Partnership does amazing work for the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there by supporting economic alternatives to deforestation. I have loved my time as an intern at Rainforest Partnership because I know I am contributing to a non-profit that makes real impact in people's lives. Rainforest Partnership helps everyone around the world by protecting rainforests because they are a vital part to curbing global warming.
As someone who has been able to do volunteer here I can tell you that the people here are committed to their cause. Everyone I have met works extremely hard at the goals for preventing deforestation and helping the regeneration of the rain forest. Their work with local communities to help them obtain the tools they need to protect their homeland is absolutely amazing. Giving the local communities the tools to protect their homes means that they will be able to take care of the land in the future and not just in the present. Being able to work on these projects and help move the cause forward has been a pleasure. If you are thinking of volunteering or donating then this is the place to do it. There is real change happening here and if you want to be able to touch the rain forest from you computer this is the nonprofit for you. You will not only help people in these communities, you will also be helping you and your kids futures.
When I first met the Executive Director of Rainforest Partnership, Niyanta Spelman, I was captivated by her passion and love for the rainforest.
Rainforest Partnership's is one of the few non-profits that truly goes above and beyond to help the indigenous communities that depend on the rainforest for survival. By helping these inhabitants, Rainforest Partnership is helping develop economic alternatives to deforestation.
This was my first experience working with a nonprofit behind the scenes and I must say being here has been life-changing! Niyanta is such a great Director and I've learned so much from her that I can apply to my professional AND personal life. RP does amazing work for the people of South America, but we all know that saving the environment is saving the world. I truly feel that our impact makes a difference and that is what motivates all the volunteers here to come to the office every day!
My wife and I have been donors to, and volunteers for, this organization since 2009. We believe in their mission and we feel their results have been a valuable use of our money and time. We are looking forward to further growth for this organization so that they can expand their projects, help more people and preserve more of one of the world's most precious resources, the Rainforests!
I've had a strong interest in international communities and
environmental science since I have a sociology degree from South Korea. It is my first internship in the USA and it is going great. I studied and knew about Non-Profit Organizations and international societies and was seeking an organization which is carefully built on the good theories of NPO and global societies with a great value.
When I met Niyanta Spelman, RP's executive director, I immediately realized that this organization is the one I want to learn more about. This organization has a unique value, "partnerships" built on respectful co-relations with Amazon indigenous comunities, trying to maintain our creative vision. Therefore, RP's 10 years of operation has been special like when we participated in the UN Climate Conference.
Since we're trying to save every living thing in the Amazon forest, working with RP should be a priority for people wanting to stop climate change and deforestation.
So I've had great experiences with great coworkers and everyone's enthusiasm. Also learned a lot about running an NPO from highly experienced team members including Niyanta. RP is an absolutely amazing organization with a lot potential.
Why don't you join NOW? : http://rainforestpartnership.org
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As someone who has had the honor of being able to volunteer for Rainforest Partnership, I have learned that they are truly passionate about what their message is. Everyone that I have met so far works extremely hard to help get others involved, not just in our community, but all around the world, to help promote change & prevent deforestation. Whether you're an environmentalist or not, I highly recommend people donating to RP's cause and let's help create a cleaner future for future generations!
I'm doing the internship with RP for 5 months. Working with RP is so happy to me and I learned so much every day. Their passion for protecting the rainforest is genuine and they work so hard. If you have any concern about global warming and deforestation, I highly recommend to donating or taking part in RP team!
As someone who has always been passionate about environmental conservation and social justice, it was quite the privilege to directly work for an organization that so genuinely holds these interests to their core mission. I've felt very lucky to volunteer along side like-minded and intelligent global citizens who recognize the significance of rainforest protection and human rights. Rainforest Partnership is a genuine and honest organization that passionately works towards bettering our planet and it has been a pleasure working here for my post-college graduate internship!
I have been interning at Rainforest Partnership(RP) this summer and very enjoy working with so many dedicated and wise people here. RP celebrates its 10th birthday this year and have been making a great contribution to protect Amazon jungle by working with the people of the forest.
If you consider donating to or partnering with an environmental protection nonprofit organization, RP would definitely be your great choice!
Working at RP is one of the most rewarding things I've done this summer. It is pretty awesome to work with other people who cares as much about the environment as I do. RP is really committed to protecting rainforests through working with indigenous communities, and I can see that everyone working at RP is devoted to the cause and passionate about rainforest/environmental protection.
I have had a great experience volunteering for Rainforest Partnership. It has been such a positive environment to work in. The workers at Rainforest Partnership (RP) are very passionate about saving tropical rainforests and that passion translates over to their work. The workers of RP respect each other and truly appreciate each others' input. They work well together, understanding that they are really not working for themselves, but for the indigenous people of the rainforests. The workers of RP are mission minded and focused on the protection of rainforests. In order to protect rainforests, they work with the people of the forests and this develops sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. It is so lovely how RP respects the indigenous people of the rainforests. RP is honorable and remains true to their word by genuinely working with the indigenous people to save rainforests. If you consider on working with or donating to any rainforest conservation group, I highly recommend RP to you.
Rainforest Partnership does something that practically no environmental non-profit organization does -- they work with people on the ground, and they have real relationships with rainforest communities. Passion is what drives this organization, and the folks at RP are overflowing with it.
This rainforest non-profit does great work for the communities of the forest. By working directly with them, they really impact change and help stop deforestation!
RP’s mission almost looks like the last line of a mathematical proof. What’s the biggest, single environmental problem facing the world today? Climate change. What’s the biggest, single cause of climate change? Deforestation. What’s the biggest, single class of endangered forests? Tropical rainforests. Why are rainforests being cut down? A lot of reasons, but mostly because the people who live in the forests need the cash and have no other means to get it. So what’s the single best way to avoid deforestation? Help the people who live there develop another source of income that relies on the forest itself: sustainably harvested products and services. Make the trees more valuable standing than they would be if cut down.
And, just like Euclid’s geometry or Newton’s mechanics, it actually works. Rainforest Partnership’s free market model has protected 200,000 acres of South American rainforest and preserved 31 million trees. It has also provided a steady, sustainable livelihood to nearly 15,000 people, many of whom can afford health care and schools for their kids for the first time in their lives.
What’s the best, single investment you can make to improve the earth’s environment? Donate to Rainforest Partnership, where your donation will help solve the biggest part of our world’s biggest problem, in the smartest possible way.
Joined the organization Feb 2016, been with since. It's a committed and vibrant tight knit group of wonderfully dedicated people that do amazing work and have accomplished some great things. They work with almost any person and their skill set to help them grow individually but to really impact their outreach. Most of us volunteers have very different backgrounds but RP has this amazing way of making you feel like you're a part of something special and you get to see your direct impact of what you do and the time you put into it. What honestly sealed the deal when trying to find an organization in Austin to volunteer for in my spare time was their so transparently honest commitment to their indisputably positive impact. RP has allowed me to explore a new avenue of interests and is helping me build experience in business consulting of which I had no previous experience, but they were willing to sit down and listen to all the ideas I had for them and took me in with an open an open mind and heart. Every single time I get together with people in this organization once or twice a week it just completely gives me a rush of inspiration which has carried over into the other parts of my life.
TL:DR Great people. Great work. Amazing impact on the lives of everyone it touches.
I have been involved with Rainforest Partnership (RP) since it began in December 2007. What I have loved most about the way RP works is that it truly partners with communities who want to save their rainforests. Meeting directly with people living in the forests and listening to what they want is a key part of developing the partnerships that result in sustainable economic projects that will survive and flourish long after RP moves on to work with other communities.
Currently, it is estimated that 90% of the world’s population is breathing bad air. Rainforests generate 20% of the world’s oxygen. Rainforest Partnership, an Austin based nonprofit, is endeavoring to preserve the rainforests by working with Latin American rainforest communities to help them develop sustainable means of earning an income that don’t involve destroying the rainforest. I have been volunteering with RP from its beginning because I believe that low overhead grassroots efforts like this are a way to help insure that one day we will all have clean air to breath.
What a stellar organization! I have worked with the Rainforest Partnership in a couple different capacities over the last 2 years and they have been among the very best to work with! The people at Rainforest Partnership put so much heart into what they do. Being a small organization, it is truly amazing to see what good can be accomplished with a few dedicated people and limited resources. They throw a wonderful Celebration Event each year too! I hope to see them thrive because they are one of the good ones.
I've been a supporter and follower of RP since it's inception more than 7 years ago. What a phenomenal organization! Starting from literally nothing, the Rainforest Partnership ED fleshed out her revolutionary idea for empowering rainforest communities to preserve their critical environment, culture and values; performed a tremendous amount of on-the-ground research to understand the community challenges and determine how best to achieve success; organized a strategic leadership team with a mission; assembled a growing team of volunteers and supporters; identified the key issues and networked at global forums; and made it happen. The process includes many creative avenues for supporting, engaging, and communicating so that all kinds of gifts and talents and interests can contribute to the mission. RP is living proof that big things CAN happen from the ground up.
Had the pleasure of working with this organization some a few years ago. They bring an innovative approach to a pressing problem facing our society.
The idea of working alongside communities within the forests seems like an obvious one after RP explains it, but it's a unique approach that brings amazing results.
Rainforest Partnership is a powerfully driven group of passionate conservationists that see the importance of saving tropical rainforests on both fronts- they work locally with people in rainforest communities to develop programs that encourage the people that live in and around these areas to protect the biodiversity and act as protectors of the forests. This model of working from the ground locally, outward is essential- but they also have an incredible presence on the international scale with creative initiatives that allow them to interact with people and communities that are interested in helping on a global level. They have educational initiatives to educate children and adults on matters of climate change and the importance of the ecological preservation of tropical rainforests and I see them continuing to make progress in the fight to save them. Not only does their work promote a healthy balance of our earth's ecosystems, but it does so by giving people opportunities that benefit the sustainability of one of our planet's most precious resources.
Volunteering with Rainforest Partnership was a wonderful experience. I discovered the organization while I was out of work a few years ago and was excited to find them in my community. I support their mission to work with rainforest communities to give a hand up and not a hand out enabling development of alternative means of sustainable income other than cutting down the rainforest. Volunteers ranged from all ages of students to retired persons with all matter of skills, so I was happy they were able to use my administrative skills. No matter how busy we were, there was always time to gather around the table and share a meal. I was so amazed and thrilled when with their help, the Sani Isla, Ecuador women and community were able to stand together against government and big oil companies to prevent prospecting and drilling on their land. One by one, we can make a difference.
Rainforest Partnership gives me muscle. With every cent (and every minute) I donate to this incredible organization, I know that the people of the rainforests will be able to save their cherished world. You see, I am just one person. I can't reach across the world and empower indigenous people to take back the land that has been their home since time began. I can't make sure the governments of countries that envelope our rainforests know of the sensible ways to keep them safe from destruction. But I can donate to the Rainforest Partnership and accomplish these herculean tasks. It's amazing that my small donations enable me to be part of something so very strong.
I came across the Rainforest Partnership at an event in February and immediately fell in love with the way they conduct their projects on the ground. The blend international development with rainforest conservation in a beautiful, harmonious way that has led to great success on the ground. The office culture is one rich in community and team-work and I thoroughly enjoy each volunteer and staff member I work with. I have learned more about international development, environmental conservation, and nonprofit operations while working here in the past six months than I have in the past four years of college. I would recommend this organization to anyone seeking to volunteer, donate, or get involved in a worthy story.
I have been volunteering with RP for almost a year now. From the time I started I was welcomed, encouraged and engaged in RP's mission. I do web development and tech for Rainforest Partnership. The team is comprised of great, intelligent individuals who are all passionate about the cause and helpful to each other. I have always felt that my work is directly helping the team and the cause. The leadership is excellent and has created a culture of teamwork, efficiency, and continues to be as welcoming and wonderful as the day I started.
I LOVE volunteering for Rainforest Partnership.
I remember as a kid being so concerned about the rain forest. I once sent a series of pencil drawings to President Clinton, asking for him to help protect it. It is nice that I get to continue playing a roll in raising awareness of what we can do on a local level to protect this valuable resource. Rainforest Partnership is made up of very kind, very hardworking employees and volunteers. The events that I've worked have been fun for me and effective for the participants. I would recommend this volunteer opportunity to everyone.
I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership for close to two years in various roles from event coordinating, sponsor recruitment, donor relationships, general office remodeling, web content/layout development and more. The reason I have stayed with RP for so long and will continue to pledge my commitment is the integrity of their mission and fiscal responsibility beyond any other NPO I have volunteered with. I am confident that the money raised from RP is going directly towards tangibly assisting rainforest communities in need (and want) of positive change. The focus on the relationships that have been established with these sister communities is critical to their (and therefore 'our') successes in limiting deforestation.
As a Project Coordinating Intern for the Rainforest Partnership, I have learned how a successful nonprofit operates. Each employee and volunteer work thoroughly and effectively together to produce tangible products that benefit not only the nonprofit, but the greater Austin community, and Rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador. I am impressed with how organized the managers and other interns are at distributing tasks and articulating objectives and clear goals. Specifically, I am working on the Films for the Forest Festival and am learning how to market successfully via social media, already established relationships with sponsors and other "green" organizations, and from those volunteers who already put on the first annual festival last year. I am honored to be a part of such a well-established and do-gooder organization!
I am a senior at the University of Texas at Austin and last year I studied abroad in Ecuador. As part of my program I had to complete an independent study project during the last month of the semester. For my project, I decided to venture to the Amazon and spend four weeks following spider monkeys. While I was in the Jungle (and falling in love with it) I received an email from my school advisor saying that the Rainforest Partnership was looking for interns. It was a sign! While I was sad to leave the monkeys, anacondas and mysterious night noises behind, I was excited to be able to keep my connection with the Amazon in my own home town. The Rainforest Partnership is an incredible organization with a beautiful desire to save the rainforest. We all know how important the rainforest is, but RP is one of the few organizations in this world willing to actually take on the very difficult challenge of actually doing something about it. In the end, RP is successful because it is run by passionate, intelligent and inspired people who understand what is truly important in this world.
I have been interning at Rainforest Partnership for the past five months and my experience has been a true pleasure. Rainforest Partnership's mission is incredible and, backed by the great people, will create the needed environmental change. As an intern, I have learned so much about the non profit sector and have been inspired by the people involved. I wholeheartedly believe in their mission and look forward to the progression and growth that Rainforest Partnership will make as they continue to expand.
I must say as of this date I am impressed with what they have accomplished. In the trying economic time that we are in, the ability to fund and complete the projects they have is quite impressive. They are a youthful organization, not in just in age of personal, but in history of accomplishment. They have performed quite admirably. I would recommend that they, if they do not now, create communication and links with other such related organizations. Should they find similar, which I believe they will, then a collaborative effort could be established. In doing so, they may open the funding opportunities and also expand the attendant Global influence. This would seem to be an opening of the avenue of Foundation support. Sustainability through cooperation is the lasting element of the desire. I wish them success and will continue to support.
My experience with RP has been nothing less than rewarding. The mission is clear and truly embodied by all involved with the organization. Niyanta and Maurine are extremely committed and are an inspiration to the amazing volunteers that help to keep the organization moving. It is refreshing to have a logical resolution to the issues involving the rainforest that takes into consideration both, the indigenous people involved and the international economic environment-all from a local office.
I have been involved in event coordination for multiple NPO's over 12 years. I enjoy working with Rainforest Partnership because of their mission and the people involved. RP is truly making a difference for our world in a very personal and connected, compassionate, way by linking rainforest communities with resources to protect the forests' (and climate) from total deforestation.
I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership since Aug 2009 and it has been an incredible experience! It is not every day that you come across people who are not only passionate and highly enthusiastic but are actually working towards protecting tropical rainforests. This organization has given me the chance to make a difference to the lives of people in Ecuador and Peru – the two communities they currently serve. Recognizing that the primary threat to rainforests is economic- they work hard to create sustainable economic development alternatives to deforestation. Their motto is : “Be nice! Have fun! Make a difference!” and they really do!
Niyanta, executive director, is inspiring and a great person to work for. She has such a passion for what she does it is impossible to not leave an impression. Maurine, director of operations, is one of the hardest workers I have ever met and still, somehow, maintains a positive attitude. A genuinely great person. I loved my experience here at Rainforest and cannot wait for the future of the organization.
Great organization with an excellent vision. Strong leadership and strong team. A pleasure to work with. They are definite change agents.