An intern is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on education. ROSE offers to the opportunity for interns to work here on a voluntary basis (unpaid). Interns can work in sustainable agriculture, rural development and construction, gaining the associated skills.
Interns receive practical training from farmers, artisans and international students in a range of skills. In exchange for these learning opportunities, interns are expected to do farm work, assist in teaching skills to shorter-term guests, to assist in developing training materials, and to assist with organizational and guest support.
On a daily basis agricultural interns participate in the farming activities of the season. This gives practice in the skills of working with draft animals and using farm machinery. They plant, cultivate and harvest a rotation of crops and learn many associated skills, such as woodworking, metalworking and blacksmithing. These activities create an understanding and empathy for the work demands of farmers and crafts people.
Construction interns learn both traditional and modern Indian construction techniques while working on construction projects that will be of great benefit to the local community.
An example of a recent internship is Domonkos Mikesy from Planet Foundation Hungary who will be spending 6 months in total with the Verma family learning construction techniques during the building of a community centre, which will provide shelter to families whose houses are lost to flash floods and mudslides in the monsoon. Catherine Duclos represents Boarder Less Volunteers M.C.Gill University Canada who will be financing the construction work.