Intern Guide in Whitewater Sports

  • Company: Kayak Ecuador
  • Location: Ecuador, Napo province (Amazon)
  • Salary: Unpaid
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Intern Guide in Whitewater Sports

Description: The intern Guide in Whitewater Sports is a full-time internship taking place in the Napo Amazonian province of Ecuador, Tena city. The focus of the internship is to acquire experience in the field of whitewater sports and leisure, mainly as a whitewater rafting guide. Additionally, gaining expertise in the field of Adventure Sports Management and local community engagement.

Your main responsibilities as an intern in Kayak Ecuador involve training, as well as dynamic and miscellaneous tasks. For instance, gaining expertise and instruction in whitewater sports such as rafting during a three week full rafting training in rivers class II, III & IV, including necessary equipment (rafts, paddles, helmet, lifejacket) and a certified guide during preparation. Moreover, interacting with customers while developing skills in general customer service, supporting Kayak Ecuador’s staff in logistics and administrative tasks while guiding customer groups in outdoor activities; learning whitewater sports gear terminology and taking care of equipment. Also, you will engage and assist in a local community development project that you will promote together with the other interns.


+Education field in Tourism and/ or Hospitality, Adventure Sports Management, outdoor sports and leisure, and other related education field.

+Intermediate/Advanced Spanish and English (other language is considered a plus).

+Applicant should be sporty and passionate about outdoor activities, especially whitewater sports.

+Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

+Comfortable interacting with people.

+Experience in either rafting and/or kayaking is preferred but not mandatory.

+Lots of energy and a desire to learn.

Work Conditions: Field work and office.

Time Commitment: 40 hours per week, sometimes involving weekends.

Remuneration: The internship is an unpaid position*. (Kayak Ecuador will recognize the main responsibilities of the intern with a certificate). If you do well during the three week full training, Kayak Ecuador might consider you to carry on as a rafting guide and get paid. If not, you will continue with the regular program until the end of the internship. *The intern is responsible for food, travel and personal expenses during the entire internship.

Investment/Cost: $275 / week (Including living accommodations, three week full training fees and other program fees)*. 8 weeks internship: $2,200. *Travel, food and personal expenses are not included.  

Deadline: Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring Applications are accepted all year long, placement dates are flexible. 8 weeks minimum.

To apply: Please submit CV, cover letter (including why you are a good candidate for the internship, the date you would like to start and how you heard about Kayak Ecuador), and two references (full name and contact information). Please send all this information to

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