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.
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.
As an intern and volunteer at Rainforest Partnership, I helped us stay up to date on international forestry policy. I also assisted in the planning and implementation of outreach events. Being involved with Rainforest Partnership is a breath of fresh air in the world of environmental NGOs. The staff and volunteers at this organization and really passionate about environmental issues, and the projects Rainforest Partnership undergoes are well-constructed and truly designed to meet particular goals. Rainforest Partnership cares about the communities it works with and protecting the rainforest.
As an intern for the past 3 months, I have learned the inner workings of the nonprofit sector. Rainforest Partnership does incredible work to both save the rainforests and create economic alternatives for the people living there. I believe in the model and the people who have been working to see its implementation. As the fundraising within the organization grows, the successes of RP will become more frequent. We are a very lean organization with approximately 90% of all funds raised going directly to projects. The hope is to both grow the model and our reach while also growing the RP staff and team members.