iEmergence recognizes that the task of developing a community is not exclusive to one organization alone. Although not everyone can be engaged in long-term community development work, everyone has skills and knowledge valuable for transforming communities. Different organizations and institutions all play a unique role in doing community development work and therefore their input is both valuable and necessary.
It is for this reason that a short-term internship-immersion model of the Osmosis program was developed. The participants for this model are primarily individuals who are not members of any of iEmergence’s partner communities but have the desire to learn how to use their skills and apply their knowledge to help further the work currently being done in the community.
The iInternship Osmosis recognized Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) as a valid educational framework. Through the iInternship Osmosis, university students become responsive to culture and community in understanding their area of studies. Partnership agreements between education institutions and communities are created and Indigenous leaders use IKSP to teach within the mainstream education system.
This model becomes a venue for university students and individuals from other institutions to learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge in the field. The iInternship Osmosis also provides its participants the opportunity to discover where their interest for future practice lie as they are able to try out how their respective disciplines can be used in the field.
Since 2011, iEmergence has already run four iInternship Osmosis with graduate and undergraduate students from universities in the Philippines. The participants went to various areas in the Davao region among which are communities of Matigsalug and Ata tribes. Recently, a group of 5 students from the University of the Philippines and 6 Ata youths engaged in a week-long immersion in an Ata community in Sitio Kinse Kinse, Barangay Salapawan, Paquibato District, Davao City from April 12 -19, 2014.
Check out the fifth run of the iInternship Osmosis here.