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internshipsBase Camp and Elevation are two types of internships that we offer solely to native english speakers. If you are desiring to develop your potential, be challenged, and experience Christ cross-culturally, perhaps one of these internships are for you.


3 Month Summer Internship: Base Camp

Base Camp is a service-based internship that is designed to provide young adults the opportunity to engage in and be a part of the adventure ministry of Hacienda El Refugio. Base Camp interns live on the property, work daily with the various areas of our ministry, and have the opportunity to help with North American short-term teams that come to El Refugio.

IMG_2523Come and Experience:

  • Living in community
  • Intentional discipleship
  • Weekly 1-on-1 mentoring
  • Adventure ministry experiences
  • Serving the Body of Christ
  • Spanish classes
  • A variety of cultural & ministry exposure

6 – 12 Month Internship: Elevation

Elevation is a leadership-based internship created for motivated young adults who have a vision for contributing in a specific way to the ministry of El Refugio. Working in conjunction with our intern coordinator, each Elevation internship will look different and is customized to your area(s) of study, passions, or experience that you personally bring to the table.

Come and Experience:

  • A chance to serve and be a part of adventure ministry in Ecuador
  • Training in Elgin, IL with International Teams (for those 6 months or longer )
  • A strong emphasis on learning Spanish – Multiple off-site excursion opportunties to see and experience Ecuador
  • Daily interaction and work alongside our full-time team of missionaries and Ecuadorian ministry staff
  • Backpacking and climbing trips
  • Regular 1-on-1 mentoring
  • The opportunity to develop your leadership potential

General Costs:

  • Round-trip airfare to Quito, Ecuador
  • Approximately $1000 per month
    • These costs cover:
      • Housing
      • Food
      • All Program Costs
      • Excursion Transportation
      • Spanish Lessons
      • …and much more!

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