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Outdoor Recreation Internship in Panama

The Outdoor Recreation Program’s objective is to provide the residents and visitors of Kalu Yala with high-quality recreational opportunities that promote health, education,...

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Health & Wellness Internship in Panama

The Health and Wellness program provides immersive and experiential learning for students looking to work abroad in the areas of community and global health. We provide the...

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Jungle Internship in Agriculture, Culinary Arts, OR or Bio

At Kalu Yala in Panama, we actually live in jungle in thatch roof huts that we built with the locals. Here, we host programs in Agriculture, Farm to Table Culinary Arts,

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Hospitality Internship in Panama

Learn how to manage a visitor experience built around human connection to nature, knowledge, hands-on learning, and to each other. In this program you will be involved in...

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Media Lab Internship in Panama

Whether examining how mushrooms can transform an ecosystem or pondering the most effective way to implement clean water systems, Kalu Yala is a breeding ground for stories...

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Farm-to-Table Culinary Arts

This program focuses on the science and art of using local resources from both Kalu Yala’s farm and surrounding local farms. The program's goals are to create a healthy...

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Business Internship in Panama

Based in Panama City, the Business Program is designed to help you accelerate entrepreneurial skills and shape Kalu Yala’s development model to form the foundation for

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Biology Program

The Biology Program focuses on conducting biological field research, such as the cataloging of flora and fauna in and around Kalu Yala. The Biology team spends many hours...

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Agriculture Internship in Panama

This program strives to integrate organic farming, farm animals, and the responsibility of preserving the natural beauty of the land in the process of building a sustainable...

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Education & Community Outreach Internship in Panama

The Community Outreach Program works to establish good relations with the residents of San Miguel and its surrounding towns. San Miguel is the closet town to Kalu Yala so...

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Kalu Yala Internships

Kalu Yala is a sustainable community that will be built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama. Internships take place in 3 venues: building the town's...

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Kalu Yala Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The internship that changed my life

Taking an internship with the Kalu Yala Health and Wellness team in rural Panama is probably my best decision to date. Living and working in a small community in the countryside taught me new approaches to community building and gave me a much greater, more nuanced understanding of development. The Health and Wellness program challenged me to expand my vision, dismantle my preconceived notions about my role in the community, and push myself to flourish far outside my comfort zone. I wish everyone could have the kind of humbling and radically empowering experience that Kalu Yala gave me!

Program: Health & Wellness Internship in Panama

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    10

Goals

My major in college was Recreation and Sports Management and my minor was sustainability. I came to Kalu Yala to be in the outdoor recreation program- so tell me this wasn't the perfect internship for me?! I came down unassuming about anything except that I would be living in the jungle during rainy season. I was greeted by many hugs and people genuinely happy for me to be there. From the very moment I got to Kalu Yala I could feel the authentic community around me. A community of people who wanted to learn, to incite change, to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and to be themselves. I spent the semester hiking, swimming, surfing, climbing, getting to know humans from all different backgrounds and schools of thought, and learned things that I will spend the rest of my life unpacking. At the end of the semester I did a short video interview with one of the other students as part of their project and they asked me what the hardest thing about being here was and I was at a loss for words. Sure some parts were difficult but I expected that so in hindsight they weren't "the hardest thing"- they were a learning moments.
Before Kalu Yala friends and family would ask me what I wanted to do when I graduated and I would shrug and reply with, "I'm not sure, I just want to play outside!" Kalu Yala (or something like it) became my goal and what I wanted to do. And I found that here.
10/10 would recommend.

Program: Outdoor Recreation Internship in Panama

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Authentic, Life Changing Experience

The Kalu Yala community embraced me as one of their own as soon as I began this internship. I spent three months in the Panamanian rainforest with the most passionate, giving individuals I have ever met. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm, develop and construct an entrepreneurial project of your choice alongside many other like-minded interns. You will also be pushed out of your comfort zone where you will quickly learn that being too comfortable just isn't as much fun! Your experience at Kalu Yala will propel your confidence and enthusiasm to astronomical heights. Hands down, the best decision I have ever made.

Program: Outdoor Recreation Internship in Panama

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Experience Of A Lifetime

Becoming an agriculture intern for Kalu Yala was the most rewarding decision I've ever made. I worked hard, learned so much, made some life long friends and left feeling like I'd gone through a transformation. My three months in the valley changed my perspective and galvanized me to strive for a better way of living for not just myself, but for humanity. I left never being more certain about what I wanted to do with my life.

Program: Jungle Internship in Agriculture, Culinary Arts, OR or Bio