Green Planet Ventures (GPV) is a social enterprise that works in the interface of Environment and Development. We provide opportunities for students to apply their research skills and develop these further conducting field research in tropical forest conservation, climate change mitigation and sustainable development; studying environmental and social dynamics.
Forests are one of the most important ecosystems to preserve life on the planet and mitigate climate change. However, they are under serious threat due to human needs of social development. Hence, our focus on catalysing research to understand these complex social and ecological interactions.
The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, so we aim to aid their professional development to help equip our future leaders with the tools to preserve our planet for future generations.
GPV provides a service to students and graduates, to help develop their career, this being as part of a holiday, volunteering and/or internship experience. Our current programme is located in Costa Rica, with base in a tropical forest nature reserve that also operates a research station. The students/ graduates can apply for specific positions within projects currently underway; or can contact us to arrange their own research (as professionals or for dissertation purpose).
As an assistant within the Public Use department of Iguazu National Park authority, you will be involved in looking into the interpretation strategy and visitors experience in Iguazu, helping with the implementation of new solutions for interpretation that would educate people on the global importance of this area and improve visitors’ experience.
There are currently limited sources of environmental interpretation for visitors in Iguazu (local guides and outdated signs). This is currently under review as it has been recognised by the park authorities that a fresh approach is needed to communicate effectively to the different audiences (in different languages) and improve the experience for visitors that take less guided activities such as cyclo-trails. So the Iguazu National Park authority has opened up this project exclusively to Oxford students for the summer of 2018 to help revolutionise their current approach.
The objective of the internship is to conduct an assessment of possible media and techniques that will help communicate the importance of the natural resources that are under protection in Iguazu and enhance visitors’ experience.
Interns will have the opportunity to use their own initiative to help revolutionise the way that the interpretation of natural resources is currently done in Iguazu.
Once you have understood the current state of play of the communication activities undertaken, you will be able to propose improvements, new different activities and work on the implementation of your suggestions or the suggestions that come collectively from the team work.
The candidates for this position are required to have strong interest and or a background in communications or similar; as well as being interested in natural resources and the development of tourism in natural areas.