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Kelly Wilson, pictured, is in Guatemala for a six-month post-internship field experience after completing a 14-month ECHO internship in November. As an agriculture technical advisor with ECHO Latin America/Caribbean Regional Impact Team, Kelly is currently collaborating with the organization, Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance to develop a pilot home gardens program with indigenous Maya. The goal of this work is to improve dietary diversity and reduce chronic malnutrition within this population.

When asked to share about her ECHO Internship experience, Kelly said the following:

“The ECHO internship has given me a strong foundation for working in agricultural development, providing experience and exposure to a wide range of agricultural principles and practices appropriate for small scale farmers all over the world. Caring for the community garden, shepherding a small flock of sheep, and embracing the wonders of microorganisms to ferment food waste and fish guts into fertilizer are but a few of the many rich experiences of learning and growing that the internship offered. More than this though, what gave meaning to the year I spent at ECHO was the people I shared it with. Together, through challenges and celebrations, goodbyes and hellos, we learned what it means to abide with one another in love, and this ultimately is the most important preparation I could have received.”

Kelly is just one of the many individuals who have been enriched by and in turn greatly contributed to the ECHO Internship Program. If you are interested in learning more about this 14-month experience, please visit echonet.org/internship.

The application period  is open until August 1, 2018.