Industrial Engineer or Production Engineer

Support Poverty Alleviation in Merida, YUC, Mexico


Skills: 
Engineering, Operations
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
4 weeks to 3¾ months
Must Speak: 
Spanish
Helpful if Speaks: 
English
Benefits: 
Accommodations, Learning Opportunity, Meal Stipend

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn about doing sustainable business in Latin America

Opportunity Details


PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMPACT

We have a very lengthy and human intensive manufacturing process that poses a major constraint to scale up our production capabilities as well as our quality controls of finished product. We are looking to improve our current process so that we can increase production and manage inventory more efficiently. Currently, we provide our weavers the yarn to hand-weave each hammocks from their homes and then collect the finished product upon completion. We then transport the finished product to our warehouse in Merida and submit each hammock to quality controls at our warehouse.

DELIVERABLES

Establish a more efficient manufacturing and inventory management system for our hand-woven hammocks that would allow us to scale up production, become more efficient in our quality control practices and improve our inventory management.

NEEDED SKILLS:

  • Engineering
  • Operations

ADDITIONAL USEFUL SKILLS:

  • Interest in photography is a plus

NEEDED LANGUAGES:

  • Spanish

ADDITIONAL USEFUL LANGUAGES:

  • English

We Provide These Local Benefits


ACCOMMODATION

Room and private bathroom at a recently remodeled home in a sought after location in Merida. Our offices/warehouse is located in downtown Merida, an easy 5 minute commute by car from host house. Breakfast and dinner will be provided.

FOOD STIPEND

Yes 2 meals a day included

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

Yucatan Gastronomy is known world wide and the opportunity to come and live as a local is great. The city is full of cultural and gastronomic activities. Progreso is a beautiful beach only 30 minutes away north of Merida by car. Chichen-Itza, one of 7 wonders of the world is located 1.5hrs by car east of Merida. There are plenty other outdoor activities like cave diving, swimming in a Cenote, or exploring the colonial towns of Valladolid and Izamal that would make the experience very fulfilling.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

There will be plenty of opportunities to travel to the Mayan villages where our weavers are located. This will allow the candidate to understand better the Mayan way of living and hammock making. Candidate can also chose to stay and live with one of our families of weavers for an ultimate Mayan living experience. Courses to learn Spanish or Mayan are easily accesible in downtown Merida. We will be happy to offer a few cooking classes of Mayan dishes.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity


Organization


Industry: Manufacturing, Retail

Mission: Poverty Alleviation

Size: Medium sized organization: 25 - 100 persons

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