IIIYP: Thai Volunteer Service, Cambodia

Internship Job Description:

Textile, Agricultural and Product Design Facilitator


Organization: Thai Volunteer Service (TVS)

TVS coordinates development projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. TVS works in eight Mekong countries, coordinating community development initiatives and linking Non-Governmental Organizations with essential resources and supports. This includes the placement of committed and skilled personnel on their development projects. TVS aims to foster skills in young people through experiential volunteer activities and helping youth who have experienced significant challenges become agents of social change.

TVS's objectives are:

  1.  To create forums of learning for developing attitudes and skills for volunteers who want to support vulnerable communities;
  2.  To enhance the capacity of young people to develop their skills and analytical thinking by conducting training and exposure trips;
  3. To promote collaboration among non-governmental organizations and governmental organizations; and
  4.  To seek a social development approach with other sectors to create a just and peaceful society.

Intern Project Summary:

Some of the communities that TVS engages with grapple with challenges such as poverty, food insecurity, and lack of employment options for women and youth in particular. The primary focus of this project is poverty reduction. TVS provides relevant training to groups of women and youth who are seeking to produce items made from agricultural and other non-timber forest products. By supporting women and youth in developing the best possible product design, they will be more likely to support themselves and their communities in poverty reduction. The project contains elements that are strongly focused on enabling processes for: gender equity, increased food security, youth entrepreneurship, and intergenerational sharing of local wisdom.

Textile, Agricultural and Product Design Facilitator (2 positions):

The Textile, Agricultural and Product Design Facilitator interns will support the work of TVS, their non-governmental organization partners, young volunteers and communities to address issues of food security through organic agriculture and to address issues of poverty through the initiation of sustainable income generation activities.

They will conduct research, write reports and asked to meaningfully & creatively engage on: issues related to food security, agriculture, and preserving biodiversity in agricultural development. They will be involved in hands-on organic farming, sustainable forestry and textile work; work with young volunteers and women around developing new products using traditional textiles, natural dyes and other agricultural products; foster youth-elder community development partnerships; make connections and network with other organizations; and help to plan and facilitate community events.

Required Skills/ Characteristics: The two interns will need to collectively comprise the following:

  • Experience in organic farming and/ or sustainable forestry and willingness to provide hands-on support where required.
  • Experience and/or interest in designing products using textiles and/ or non-timber forest products
  • An understanding of the properties and production of natural dyes; Knowing the potential opportunities and limits of using particular textiles in creating products, given their properties
  • Strong design, cutting and sewing skills, artistic talent, attention to detail, creativity and the ability to draw
  • Able to physically handle tough terrains, living in a remote village and busy cities, and carrying out these requirements in a context of fluctuating power and limited supplies
  •  Strong oral and written communication skills, problem solving ability, organizational skills and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Basic research skills
  •  The interest and ability to work as a tight-knit team, but also able to work independently
  • Be personable, polite and friendly and enjoy being with youth as well as older people. Experience working with youth strongly desired.
  • Some experience working with people from another culture or strong interest in international development.
  • Intern will need to provide police check and child abuse screening.  Emergency Red Cross training is also an asset, but GPI Atlantic can help provide this.

Placement Characteristics: 

We would love to have interns who have a genuine desire to help others and who are interested in developing skills they can bring home to help their own communities. The four interns will be based in Phnom Penh and will stay in one or two shared apartments. The host organization will help find accommodations, and help interns deal with visa requirements, finding their way around and participating in community activities.