Ninth Wave Global

About Ninth Wave Global

The standard framework of international development that has prevailed over the course of the past half-century is not fit for purpose. It's time for a sea of change, and Ninth Wave aims to contribute to the new shape of development and exploration.
We welcome interns of the same mindset to join the team at distance or at our base in Campeche, Mexico. Internships are for people hoping to gain experience in a truly active role within a not-for-profit organisation undertaking global projects in community, environmental and social settings.
We hope that this programme will be able to offer individuals the opportunity to build on their skills with a holistic approach, gaining experience of all aspects of development projects in order to access a deeper, all-round understanding of the functioning of an organisation like Ninth Wave.


Environmental Journalism Intern

June 2021 - July 2021 Campeche, Campeche
“My experience with Ninth Wave has impacted the way I think and behave in my everyday life, providing me with new insights on what it means to be an environmentalist and an activist. In Campeche, I spent my mornings working on the organic farm and helping take care of our rescue animals, and in the afternoons I worked in the office drafting and writing articles for environmental organizations such as Plastic Oceans. Being able to engage in this great variety of experiences everyday was both challenging and fulfilling, and helped me contemplate which facets of environmental work are my true passions. Additionally, these activities helped me understand how I can continue to improve my environmental practices to be a better steward of the land I inhabit. My unstructured time in Campeche was equally fulfilling as my official work roles, as I was able to practice my Spanish with community members, learn how to implement sustainable practices in my personal life, harvest fresh fruits and veggies from our garden and the forest, and admire both our rescue animals and the wildlife of Campeche (especially the sea turtles!). Every second of the day I was learning, even on my free days. The last important facet of this experience was the volunteers and Ninth Wave employees I had the pleasure to work with – if you care about environmental conservation and creating positive change, you will have a great time and form meaningful connections with the people you meet in Campeche. The community I was surrounded with provided me with the low-stress environment I need to grow and contribute positively to a group.”

Environmental Journalism Intern

December 2020 Campeche, Campeche
“I started with Ninth Wave in December, working remotely as an environmental journalism intern. Even without having met anyone in person, it was clear from the start that the team is super friendly and motivated. Writing weekly articles for The Yucatan Times and Plastic Oceans International, with the guidance of an experienced journalist, I learned so much about all things journalism -- from research, to writing, to editing, to networking. My supervisor always offered really helpful insight, and provided myriad opportunities to explore different climate issues around the world. Starting in March, I have been working in-person with the Ninth Wave team in Campeche, Mexico. Even though I have only been here a month, I have learned so much about sustainability and the value of locally-led initiatives. From living in a zero-waste house, to gardening in our massive growing space, to facilitating weekly markets for sustainable vendors, all while continuing my journalism placement, life here is dynamic and immensely fulfilling. The team and I even got to travel a portion of the Palisada River to visit indigenous communities and learn about sustainable farming. In all, the experience has been amazing. Campeche is a beautiful city, and in my opinion, the perfect size; there is always something new to explore, but it is also small enough to make feel like home. There are copious opportunities to engage with the local community, both inside and out of a work setting. My Spanish has improved a lot and the food is delicious. Would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in environmental studies/science, journalism, Spanish, or more generally, anyone looking to push their boundaries and adventure throughout one of the richest cultural areas in Latin America. ”
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