The program of internships and social service of AMBIO, began in 2008 with the aim of linking rural communities with university students, through the different projects and programs that the Cooperative has, in different regions of Chiapas and Tabasco.
The aim of the internships and the social service is to contribute to the resolution of local problems, mainly in agricultural productive activities with technical monitoring, training, exchange of experiences, dissemination of information and transfer of technology and the possibility, in the medium term, to generate lines of research in collaboration with the Universities.
From 2008 to 2018, more than 30 undergraduate students from various institutions in Chiapas and other states of Mexico have participated. As part of the training activities, the students have develop a project during the internship or social service, that they execute and deliver results.
Part of the results obtained are, the training and technical assistance to more than 255 producers, from 17 communities. More than 60 workshops have also been given and databases, brochures and manuals have been generated. The lines of work developed have been:
• Community forestry
• Management of agroforestry systems
• Sustainable agriculture (coffee, corn, beans)
• Sustainable Livestock
• Education and environmental awareness.
In the month of April 2018, with the support of an internship of the Bachelor of Agroforestry Systems, located in the Regional University Center Peninsula of Yucatan (CRUPY) of the Autonomous University Chapingo, a training was conducted for 12 producers of the Ejido La Bonanza, in the Municipality of Villa Corzo, for the management of shade coffee plantations and tree pruning, in continuity with a process of reconversion of agricultural areas to agroforestry systems, with multipurpose coffee, within the Protection Area of the Natural Resources La Frailescana.
AMBIO recognizes the work carried out by the social service providers and the internships, for the attention they have provided to the specific needs of the communities. This is a successful way to generate links between communities and future professionals.