How much does it cost/what does my Project Fee include?
Please note that this is a fee-paying internship.
The costs per month in-country are as follows:
- 1 Month – SNG $ 3,490
- 2 Months – SNG $ 5,290
- 3 Months – SNG $ 7,590
Your project fee covers:
- Accommodation (from the first date of the internship until the second last evening)
- Breakfast and dinner on project days
- Pre-departure trekker training, in-country induction training and workshops
- Access to clean drinking water
- Travel insurance ($250 excess)
- Utilities- water, electricity, internet for project use
- Dedicated Team Leader & Senior Leaders
- Cultural Events
- Access to International SOS
- Crowdicity Access
- Project Everest Ventures Polo Shirt and notebook
What is Project Everest Ventures? How does it work?
We work in development internationally. Currently in Malawi, Timor-Leste, Fiji, and India beginning July 2019. Instead of a charity model, we use a business model to provide goods and services that work towards addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the focus areas include Environmental Sustainability, Agriculture, Food Security, Economic Empowerment and Health Services.
Our focus on students is directed at building capacity to implement social businesses and change the current global structure – this is where you come into the bigger picture.
On your first Project, you are a ‘Trekker’ in a team of four to nine, with one Team Leader – working on a project of your choice across one of our five countries of operation. You will build interpersonal skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, resilience, humility, and adaptability. You will work hard on a project that has the potential to impact hundreds to thousands of people. You will learn about and experience a new culture. You will become part of a growing community of motivated, capable and ambitious people across various degrees, universities, and countries.
I don’t have the time, it will get in the way of my degree…
This contributes to your degree. You will graduate with the hundreds of other students doing your exact degree in the year you enrolled, so what sets you apart from others? What ensures you are employable? How will you illustrate your value when applying for a graduate role? It is what you’ve done outside the classroom. This will allow you to implement what you know in theory and build experience doing it in practice, regardless of whether you study business, engineering, science, international studies, medicine, health, agriculture, or humanities.
Is it safe?
We pride ourselves on doing everything in our power to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone. Obviously, by the nature of our work, there can be some risks and dangers present, however, these are the things one needs to be prepared for when traveling to a developing country. All our leaders and staff in country have gone through extensive crisis management training before stepping into the country, in the event that an incident occurs. Everyone working within Project Everest has access to International SOS, who provide medical advice and organisational support for any emergency 24/7. We follow their advice, along with that of DFAT when determining the suitability of the countries we work in. We have official partnerships with multiple Universities who simply would not accept a higher than standard risk rate. If you have any concerns about the safety standards in each of the countries we operate, we would love to step you through our risk management processes.
Is Project Everest Ventures registered as a NFP? Is it a registered NGO? What is the organisation structure?
We believe that the most sustainable and effective impact can only be achieved through ongoing engagement with the community to develop solutions and social enterprises. As such, we are a for-profit organisation, and our profits go towards business operations and providing an excellent service to students, leaders, and local communities. We do not believe in providing handouts or hiring for the sake of it, as this dilutes on the quality of the social impact that we aim to provide, and the experience of people who come on board with us to learn legitimate skills and opportunities.
We are only students – what authority do we have? What makes me qualified?
As a social enterprise that exists to develop subsidiary social enterprises, Project Everest’s value to communities is in its ability to finance early stage solutions and to train junior consultants (students) to efficiently allocate that finance.
Following the completion of pre departure training and ongoing social entrepreneurship training from your team leader, you are given the authority to develop your project in country to target whatever community need you identify. Further, you have the ability to provide the community any solution or group of solutions that you investigate and develop.
You bring with you any prior project or teamwork experience coupled with your degree specific education. Your most important asset is your ability to think outside the box. You have not been ingrained with a traditional problem solving philosophy from a professional career and can therefore develop solutions within communities with a fresh perspective.