Jobs and Internships

Location: Denver, Colorado

Outreach Internship with TRP

TRP is seeking an Intern to work alongside our Fundraising and Development Coordinator in leading stateside awareness and fundraising efforts to support our crucial work in Northern Uganda.  This internship will be based out of TRP’s office space in the Posner Center for International Development.  The ideal candidate will be passionate about positive social change and comfortable taking on significant responsibilities crucial to TRP’s growth.  This position offers a lot of freedom to pursue areas of personal interest and to meaningfully contribute to our vital work bringing healing and hope to post-conflict communities. Although this internship is unpaid, we would gladly work with your college or institution to provide internship credit

Responsibilities

  • Fundraising: Assist in planning and implementing of grassroots fundraising activities including events, on-line campaigns, and mailing campaigns; Research and assist in writing grants to support TRP programming.
  • Marketing: Develop and maintain a marketing strategy utilizing TRP’s social media tools; update TRP’s website, support TRP’s communication and branding strategy.
  • Administration:  Assist with administrative tasks such as coordinating tasks of volunteers, writing thank-you letters, and tracking donations

Other tasks and opportunities may emerge depending upon TRP’s needs and intern interest.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion about TRP’s mission and work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Creative and organized self-starter
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Experience with social media marketing
  • Grant research experience (grant writing experience a plus)
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Experience with Donor Tools a plus

Terms:

  • 10-15 hours a week
  • Unpaid

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter with “Internship Application” in the subject line to: zach@therecreationproject.org.

 

Location: Gulu, Uganda

Posting: Outdoor Adventure Fellow
Duration: June 2016-June 2017
Type: Unpaid with Stipend
Application deadline: Until filled

Do you love the outdoors? Do you want to work in International Development? The Recreation Project has a rare opportunity for you!

TRP is looking for an outdoor enthusiast with both technical and soft skills required to expand ropes course and climbing programs for youth in post-war Gulu, Uganda. TRP currently runs 5 programs with over 3,000 children and youth each year. This position is significantly involved in program quality, training, local promotion and safety. The applicant will have the opportunity to learn professional skills in a cross-cultural environment as well as create and steer new program concepts. This is one of two expatriate positions in the Outdoor Adventure team of TRP. The applicant will work alongside a dynamic team of 6 full-time staff and 5 Facilitators in a Eucalyptus forest on the edge of town. TRP offers youth the only ropes course and Adventure Therapy program in the region.

Primary activities:

  • Training staff and facilitators: The Outdoor Adventure Fellow (OAF) will design and coordinate quarterly trainings based on team needs. Training may be held in collaboration with select staff or in with external trainers. The OAF will design and/or teach new activities and help facilitators contextualize activities to the variety of participant groups in the forest.
  • The OAF will maintain a safe ropes course and inspect procedures and equipment.
  • Local promotion: The OAF will work closely with the Development Coordinator in promoting TRP’s activities to schools, NGOs and organizations.
  • Program quality: The OAF will participate in monitoring and evaluating OA activities. He/she will ensure high quality training material and re-vamp modules for better impact.
  • The OAF will liaise with the US-based fundraising team, maintain strong relationships with their home community, and be involved in some social media activities.

Qualifications:

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Outdoor Programming, or other relevant degree
  • At least 3 years professional experience in outdoor adventure and youth programming. Experience in a developing country is an added benefit
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural team.
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor are a must.
  • A positive and engaging personality with enough energy to motivate and lead youth groups through extended programs.
  • Willingness to ride public transportation including motorcycle taxis.

TRP Fellows are unpaid positions. Since TRP is a registered charity (501C3) and can offer tax deductions, other interns have not had too much difficulty raising funds through personal relationships, churches or small grants/scholarships. Find a sample budget below. TRP requires the applicant to raise funds for the position before departure, and will reimburse funds on a monthly basis. TRP offers a monthly stipend of $200 per month. This goes a lot further in Uganda than in the States!

Sample monthly budget:

Rent: $200-$250 (including security and utilities)
Local transportation: $50
Groceries: $100-$150
Internet and phone: $50
Cleaning and laundry: $50
Total monthly: $450-550

Applicants are responsible for covering the following costs:

  • Travel and health insurance: Please let us know if you help in finding insurance
  • Vaccinations: As part of the medical disclosure and waiver, applicants are required to visit a travel health clinic and receive the necessary vaccinations.
  • TRP recommends that you have at least $200-$300/month in spending money for personal items, eating out, entertainment, etc… (Your stipend should cover the necessary personal spending)

Other one-time expenses:

  • Entry visa upon arrival: $50
  • Visa and Immigration documents: $800 (covered by TRP)
  • Airfare and in-country travel upon arrival and departure: Airfare is the responsibility of the applicant. Please estimate $450 for in-country round-trip travel between Entebbe and Gulu (full day’s travel)

…And if at all possible, get some time to go on Safari while in Uganda….the Pearl of Africa. One or two day trips range from $200-$600 (depending on accommodation) for the nearest wilderness reserve.

*Suggested donation of $2,000 to cover costs of 2 Climbing Club programs. Please let us know how we can come alongside you in the fundraising process.

How to apply:
Send a cover letter and a resume to info@therecreationproject.org along with 2 letters of recommendation; one personal and one professional.

Also, please answer the 4 of the following questions, with your favorite answer recorded on video. Simply upload the video to youtube or vimeo with a link on your cover letter (not an assessment of videography, just be yourself). We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy!

  • What would you say are your three most relevant strengths to the position of Outdoor Adventure Fellow?
  • Tell us about any experience you have had working abroad.
  • What would you consider to be your biggest achievement?
  • What would your friends say is your biggest weakness?
  • Why Uganda? Why TRP?
  • What makes you want to “pound the table” and what makes you want to “leap for joy”?

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

We are always looking for talented people to join our team. If you are interested in volunteering with TRP, please email zach@therecreationproject.org.