Sustainable Bolivia is dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability both within our organization and the community we serve. In an effort to practice what we preach, we track both the resource footprint of our physical operations, as well as the local and global impacts that occurs through our programs. All this effort is shown in the NGO Internal Sustainability Project.
To ensure continued action towards sustainability, SB has a sustainability intern who works with us for three months each year to launch new initiatives and programming. Our first sustainability intern, during the summer of 2011, organized our first comprehensive Sustainability Report on the social, economic and environmental impact of the organization; it serves as a current snapshot as well as a baseline to measure future progress. We encourage all potential volunteers to read this brief document to learn more about our vision.
The 2012 sustainability internship focused on implementing and expanding on-site environmental projects at our location in Cochabamba, Bolivia. These include expanded food gardening, grey-water recycling and composting systems, as well as education and awareness-building among our volunteers.
In 2013 and 2014, we continued to monitor our sustainability efforts and build partnerships within the community. In 2016, Ida Ketonen created the second comprehensive Sustainability Report. The sustainability intern focuses on sustainability education among our volunteers – helping volunteers better understand current opportunities and challenges in creating sustainable communities worldwide. Volunteers will have the chance to learn about the systems we have in place, use sustainable technologies, and learn about the diversity of perspectives around global sustainability.
Want to become our next Sustainability Intern? We receive applications on a rolling basis. To submit your CV and cover letter, or to get more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Sustainability Projects
There are a number of ways volunteers can practice sustainable living while in Cochabamba. Volunteers are encouraged to do the following:
We offer fun and informative talks, tours, and workshops to support these actions and projects. We lead periodic events including market tours, visits to the local landfill, a native tree tour, to name a few.
Read more about SB’s internal sustainability program in our newest report.