International Internship Program 2015 Concluded
It is a wrap up for the International Internship Program 2015, which consisted of 10 selected students and young professionals among the world’s best universities and Thailand’s top institutions to develop potential sustainable products to increase the Doi Tung community’s income while benefitting the environment.
Divided into two teams, High-Value Bamboo Charcoal Feasibility Study and Mulberry Social Enterprise Business Plan, the internship kicked off on the 1st of June through 31st July 2015.
Throughout the internship, people-centric approach along with a constant two-way learning process was implemented. Furthermore, the interns were encouraged to exchange their ideas with their advisors and the local scholars, villagers or locals who have walked the walk.
As an outcome, the bamboo team chose to focus on the antioxidant property of the bamboos by creating water and air purifier, in addition to its traditional use as a source of fuel.
The team working on mulberries at Nan province agreed to emphasize on mulberry concentrate juice and dried fruit as added-value products, with a vision to export the products globally.
The annual international internship program – part of the Foundation’s Living University – provided the participants with comprehensive understanding and application of the MFLF’s Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Development.
One of the Living University’s objectives is to disseminate knowledge and share the methods and practices gained from the Foundation’s decades of experiences in transforming rural development towards a sustainable livelihood with professionals, expertise, students, and interested individuals.
The website will be updated in the beginning of next year for the 2016 program application round.