What is Solar for Puerto Rico?
Solar for Puerto Rico is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that works towards the general transition to sustainable and resilient energy systems in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria, Solar for Puerto Rico has distributed over 750 small solar-and-battery kits throughout the island. These kits power essentials such as nighttime lighting, cell phone charging, fans, radios, medical equipment, and small appliances. Most importantly, Solar for Puerto Rico provides crucial education on how to access and use solar technology.
Why do an internship in Puerto Rico?
Months have passed since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans do not have electricity or a generator to power their house. Many of the Puerto Ricans that do have power rely on gas-powered generators. Not only is the cost of gas expensive, but the use of generators is unsustainable and they are not designed to be used continuously, posing a serious health hazard to those who are dependent on them. Puerto Ricans are in desperate need for aid.
What does the internship entail?
This internship with Solar for Puerto Rico is a 6-week program (July 8-August 18th, 2018) that fully immerses you in Puerto Rican society and nonprofit work. You will distribute solar panels to households that are still without electricity, educate Puerto Ricans about solar energy, and provide disaster relief. Each intern will stay at a Puerto Rican household during the program. Additionally, there will be an option for Spanish language tutoring and/or classes if desired.
What are the requirements?
Passion for the promotion of solar energy, and a willingness to immerse yourself in Puerto Rican culture. Some amount of Spanish speaking skills, proof of health insurance. No previous experience with solar energy or electronics is required.
What is the cost?
Each intern must purchase his or her own flight to and from San Juan. The cost of the internship is $500 a week, in total $3000 for the entire program. This includes transportation to and from the airport, housing with host family, two meals a day, transportation, events with other volunteers, solar training, and all supplies needed for the job.
How do I apply?
The application form is here. Please download the application and fill it out, and then email your resume and application to firstname.lastname@example.org. You do NOT have to pay the application fee mentioned on the application.