Kalu Yala Independent Study Abroad and Entrepreneurial Internships

Posted: September 23, 2013

Kalu Yala is a sustainable community being built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama. The internships are an 11-week skill-share and development, trial-and-error laboratory for students in a variety of fields. The program allows young professionals to come to Panama and gain cultural exposure, work experience, and knowledge while creating a project that will ultimately help shape a sustainable community.

The days are split 4-and-4: 4 hours of a traditional internship model, working on a director-led project, followed by 4 hours of an entrepreneurial model, working on a project, which was proposed by the student, and then bringing it to fruition. Past agriculture projects include working on an aquaponics system, designing and building a 25-chicken hen house and grazing area, creating hillside terraces, creating a plan for purchasing our first goats, working on various composting methods, and building a medicinal garden, and many others as well.

This past summer, tropical permaculture expert, Stephen Brooks, joined us in Panama, bringing 200 species of plants and trees with him. Our students spent four days working with Stephen on the ground in Kalu Yala. You can see the 2-minute video.

All Programs

  • Agriculture and Animal Science based in Kalu Yala
  • Biology based in Kalu Yala
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship based in Panama City
  • Community Outreach and Education based in San Miguel
  • Forestry based in Kalu Yala
  • Farm-to-Table Culinary Arts based in Kalu Yala
  • Health and Wellness based in San Miguel
  • Outdoor Recreation based in Kalu Yala

Benefits to Students:

  • Ability to design and participate in a program catered to your own personal interests and goals
  • Freedom to test your abilities by pursuing trial and error in a real world environment, while being supported by professionals
  • Meet other passionate, like-minded, young people from a wide variety of vocations and backgrounds in an international setting

2014 semester dates:

  • Spring: January 13th- March 28th
  • Summer: May 19th- August 1st
  • Fall: September 1st- November 14th

For the full program packet and/or to apply for an internship, contact Terry Musser.

Submitted by Dr. Terry Musser (