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Staff Spotlight: Our Brilliant Interns and Volunteers!

EcoLogic has a brilliant team of volunteers and interns doing work on all kinds of issues related to our work, from Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, to sustainable fisheries, to participatory methods in conservation, and more!

Annie Spaulding

EcoLogic Intern Annie Spaulding in Sarstun, Guatemala. Photo Credit: Amanda Foster)

From high school students up here in Cambridge, to graduate students down in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, EcoLogic has the most incredible interns right now—none of whom get us coffee or run errands! Internships at EcoLogic can lead to many places. Past interns now hold jobs at the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the UN Development Program, among others—in fact, four of our current staff members started as interns, including our Executive Director!

Read more about EcoLogic’s current intern team >>

En solidaridad: Reflections on Berta Cáceres.

On March 3rd, Berta Cáceres, the co-founder of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), was murdered in her home.

EcoLogic did not work with directly with Berta or her organization. But her death shook us. It still shakes us. It puts front and center the risks that our partners in Mexico and Central America take on a daily basis in their efforts to protect nature and its life-giving resources. For this reason, EcoLogic joined the over 220 organizations calling for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to support an independent investigation into Berta’s murder.


First Impressions: Pride, Gratitude, and Harmony

Alexa Piacenza, EcoLogic’s Program Officer for Individual Giving, had her first chance to see our work in real life at our all-staff retreat in January.

A ceremony during which EcoLogic was welcomed to Plan Grande Quehueche. Two of the candles represent the entrance and exit of the sun; the other two represent the entrance and exit of air (Photo Credit: Chris Patterson).

During my year and a half working at EcoLogic, I have been consistently inspired by stories of our work. Seeing updates on our progress never gets old, and I’ve always been excited to hear more. That being said, I was curious…I had never traveled anywhere in Mesoamerica and though I could imagine it, it was hard to fully grasp the day-to-day impact of our work. As much as I’ve always cared for the well-being of the communities we work with, I didn’t truly know who they were. Looking at pictures and videos of fuel-efficient stove models and maps of reforestation helped, but couldn’t fully satisfy my curiosity. It would be an understatement to say that I was eager to experience the real thing.

Read more of Alexa’s thoughts on the staff retreat >>