Got Summer Plans? Intern in Tanzania at Songwa Coffee Estates

Through a partnership with La Marzocco, Mahlkönig, and Probat, Songwa Coffee Estates Offers Paid Summer Internship in 2015

BY SARAH ALLEN

I’ll never forget the magical week I spent at the Songwa Estates in Tanzania in 2009. The partnership between La Marzocco, Mahlkönig, and Probat supports the Songwa coffee lands in the Great Rift Valley in southwest Tanzania. These three leading specialty-coffee equipment companies came together to sustain and help the communities surrounding Songwa, as well as promote the development of the coffee farm, while offering their staffs and customers the opportunity to visit and learn about coffee at its source.

I snapped this photo of Thomas Plattner, who manages Songwa, Jacob Ellul-Blake, a La Marzocco consultant, and Enrico Wurm of La Marzocco, on our visit there in 2009.
I snapped this photo of Thomas Plattner, who manages Songwa, Jacob Ellul-Blake, a La Marzocco consultant, and Enrico Wurm of La Marzocco, on our visit there in 2009.

As the Songwa Estates exist in part to educate and involve the global specialty-coffee community, the partnership companies seek internship candidates for the summer of 2015 to take part in the construction of a village school in the area.

Here is the courtyard by the school that will be demolished and rebuilt this summer, with the help of an intern (apply now!).
Here is the courtyard by the school that will be demolished and rebuilt this summer, with the help of an intern (apply now!). Photo by Mary Diamond.

“The partnership is pleasured to announce its new project to demolish and rebuild a school building at the Muvwa Primary School in the vicinity of the plantation,” reads a press release issued by La Marzocco, Mahlkönig, and Probat.

Students at the school in Tanzania at Songwa.
Students at the school in Tanzania at Songwa. Photo by Mary Diamond.

Currently, the school supports 327 students in seven classrooms with seven teachers. “We are seeking English-speaking candidates who are interested in an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coordinate and manage the project this summer.”

Above, the building to be demolished this summer.
Above, the building to be demolished this summer. Photo by Mary Diamond.

The official internship candidate profile is listed below. Please note that applications are due no later than April 25, 2015.

Enrico of La Marzocco in the Songwa classroom.
Enrico of La Marzocco in the Songwa classroom. Photo by Sarah Allen.

Let me tell you, if I were able, I would apply for this in a heartbeat. Songwa is one of the most breathtaking coffee lands I have ever seen, and the work being done by the partnership companies to develop and assist the neighboring communities is nothing short of extraordinary.

Click on this image to read the candidate profile. Contact mary@lamarzocco.com for more details.
Click on this image to read the candidate profile. Contact mary@lamarzocco.com for more details.

 

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Sarah Allen (she/her) is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.