Internships in Community Development, Education, Animal Science and Entomology in Panama

Posted: October 12, 2012

Kalu Yala is a sustainable community being built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama.

Internships take place in 3 venues: creating the town's foundation in the Kalu Yala Valley creating relationships in the neighboring town of San Miguel; and working on business logistics in Panama City. Since Summer 2010, Kalu Yala has had interns from 38 states, 12 countries and 80 colleges.

Interns are encouraged to develop and implement their own semester project. Some interns choose to do solo projects while others work in groups to make their dream a reality. Along the way, our Program Directors are always happy to help them plan and lend a helping hand.

Some of the most recent intern projects include:

  • Identification and database creation of native insects and plants
  • Building an animal shelter including its design and milling the wood
  • Design, building and maintenance of a 1-acre permaculture plot in the Kalu Yala Valley
  • Building of basecamp's first structures based on indigenous designs
  • Teaching English in the elementary school in the rural village of San Miguel
  • Planning, building and planting gardens in the valley, San Miguel and Bella Vista location
  • Creation of an after-school science club in San Miguel
  • The first written history and census of the town of San Miguel
  • Study of women's health care in San Miguel and surrounding areas
  • Designing, marketing and hosting art shows and networking events in Panama City
  • Trail creation and mapping with viewing deck construction
  • Low ropes course feasibility study
  • Creation of a pizza oven with natural materials from the Kalu Yala valley
  • Travel and tourism feasibility studies of Panama and Central America
  • Creation and design of the Kalu Yala blog which receives over 6,000 visitors a month
  • Business of sustainable communities feasibility study

You can see some of the fun by watching this video by a Summer 2012 intern:

Upcoming semester dates:

Spring: January 14th- April 12th

Summer: May 20th- August 2nd (Early Admission Deadline: February 4th)

Kalu Yala is founded on the core tenants of culture, new urbanism architecture, organic food, wellness, recreation, education, preservation, and conservation of the natural environment. The Kalu Yala Valley is located in the rainforest highlands of Central Panama in a 7,000-acre valley that backs up to the Chagres National Park. The internship program allows students and young professionals to come to Panama and gain cultural exposure, work experience, and knowledge in order to create a project that will ultimately help shape this sustainable community.  

Students can apply online for spring, summer and fall 2013 by filling in the application form here or email for more information.