Paid UN internship in Latin America – Apply ASAP!

Paid UN internship in Latin America – Apply ASAP!

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I was in Central America a little over a year ago. Not in the highlands, where this job is located, nowhere close to the capital city of San José, where this job is located, and far away from the Caribbean coast. Where I was, taking afternoon naps at the beach and by rivers, was light years away from the buzzing lifestyle you’ll have with this job, because every American country is like that – each region divorced and barely on speaking terms with the other extreme of the country; each departamento a country unto itself.

Here in Central America, even with a UN job, life is laid back, tempered by the warm breezes blowing off the nearby Caribbean, with the slight edge of urgency and mystery brought on by life in the mountains.

This is a life of platano verde  (fried green bananas, YUM) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of strong coffee grown in the highlands all around you by farmers with dark skin and darker eyes filled with stories, of lots of breaks throughout the afternoon for chatting with colleagues and scrolling through photos on your phone from a beach trip last weekend. Of the lilting Central American Spanish and blue skies nearly every single day, except in the rainy season when the sky unleashes its weeping tears without so much as a warning lightning bolt.

This region has seen civil war and American military men and British celebrities come and go. They’re the northernmost reach of the ancient Aztec empire, and still retain some of the fear and submissiveness the Aztecs drilled into every single one of their illiterate citizens. They’re at the southernmost extreme of the expansive reach of Yankee soft power, and Coca Cola is gurgled down the throat of every child before they even think of a glass of water.

This is a country where crocodiles swim in the rivers and eat little boys for dinner (yes, really), where groups of women sit low in streams to wash their family’s clothes, where the sun bakes the tarmac of the beautiful highways that join it to North and South America even as it nourishes all the incredible fruit and vegetables that are going to make their way into your belly at every meal.

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Photos above by Scott Robinson, Vytautas Šerys, Dan Lundberg, and Armando Maynez.

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