Internship on Easter Island, Chile with Explora
Internship with Explora Hotel
Student interns will spend approximately five weeks living on Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile) during the months of June-July. The island is a territory of Chile and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just over 2,000 miles off the coast of South America. Students will complete a full-time workload at explora hotel, contributing to the hotel’s various areas of operation, as well as sustainability initiatives. Free days and vacations during the internship period will allow students to explore the wonderful culture and landscape of the island—much of which is designated as a National Park.
Work at Explora hotel:
Explora hotel is a unique chain with four different locations (Easter Island, Patagonia, Atacama in Chile; the Sacred Valley in Peru). The hotel’s philosophy revolves around three central ideas: remote areas, in-depth explorations, and the luxury of the essential. During the internship, students will take an active role (approximately 30 hrs per week) in the following aspects of hotel operations:
The remote locations of explora hotel require that hotel staff provide constant maintenance of equipment and infrastructure. Student interns will learn about the various tasks and the breadth of expertise required to keep the hotel looking sharp and running smoothly.
: The luxury of the essential is explora’s effort to provide the best beds, showers, and food available in any one of their four locations. Exceptional housekeeping is critical in providing travelers with a one-of-a-kind experience. Student interns will learn both the details and the logistics of explora’s housekeeping operations.
: The hotel provides exceptional dining experiences (both in the dining hall and on excursion picnics). Students will gain familiarity working behind the bar, in the kitchen, and interacting directly with travelers during meals.
All travelers are encouraged to leave the hotel during the day, to take in the sights by hiking, snorkeling, bicycling, or even by horseback. The excursion teams and guides are highly-trained in providing a safe, comfortable outing and relaying information to travelers about the island’s archaeology, landscape, and modern lifestyle. Student interns will assist in the planning and execution of various excursions around the island to learn about the hotel’s approach to exploration, as well as all that the island’s natural beauty has to offer.
Behind every room, meal, and excursion are various hotel employees making sure that each and every traveler experiences the best that the hotel has to offer. Student interns will learn about the scheduling, logistics, and service that keep the hotel afloat.
In addition to the hotel’s traditional services and operations, student interns will work (approximately 5-10 hours per week) with the hotel’s Sustainability Manager and the student’s faculty coordinator on a small project dedicated to conservation and/or sustainable development of the hotel’s operations on the island (for additional university credits, ANT 399). The student’s efforts should not only lead to an original contribution to the hotel’s operations, but will also require the student to write a brief report summarizing activities and effectiveness. Projects may be devoted to recycling, composting, auditing hotel energy consumption, organic farming on hotel property, etc.
The internship will take place during June and July of 2016. Dates may be flexible to ensure the best experience for the intern.
Easter Island can be a very expensive destination for tourists. Some likely factors to consider:
Depending on where interns fly from in the US, airfare is typically between $1,500 and $2,000 roundtrip to Easter Island. The island has a large, modern runway and hosts flights daily from either Santiago, Chile or Papeete, Tahiti.
Three meals per day will be provided for the intern in the hotel’s staff dining area. Students may occasionally wish to eat in the island’s only town, Hanga Roa, in which case they would pay for their own meal(s). A meal at a restaurant in Hanga Roa can range anywhere between $15 and $50.
The hotel has limited dormitory-style living space available on explora property. In the event that there is no vacancy in the dormitory, explora staff will facilitate rental property for student interns in the town of Hanga Roa.
The hotel is located approximately 15 minutes from Hanga Roa by car. There are several free transfer shuttles between town and the hotel on a daily basis that will be available to interns. There are also taxi services on the island, rental cars, motorcycles, horses, etc. When hotel bicycles are not in use by guests of the hotel, student interns can also move about the island by bicycle.
Daily Activities: Interns should expect to work up to 10 hours in a day, but not to exceed 45 hours in any given week. These activities will usually be on hotel property, and could also include running errands in Hanga Roa, and/or long days of hiking with hotel guests. Interns will also take on a semi-independent project devoted to sustainability within the hotel’s operations.
Each student intern will pay $1,729 for 3 credits of NAU tuition and to offset costs for food, housing and internship supervision.
NAU Credit Hours:
All interns will enroll, minimally, in 3 units of ANT 399 or CIE 208 (International Internship). These credits will align with the students work and written report devoted to sustainability, ideally striving for success in sustainable development through community outreach. Additional credits (either in ANT or in a student’s major department are also available by arrangement).
NAU Internship Supervisor:
Dr. Britton Shepardson (Associate Chair & Lecturer, Department of Anthropology)
Explora Internship Supervisor: Gonzalo Droppelmann (Sustainability Manager, explora)