Kalu Yala Programs
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,
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...
Kalu Yala Reviews
Post grad summer at Kalu Yala
Submitted by asheppar - - | August 31, 2017
Because I deferred a year, I went to Kalu Yala when I was fresh out of college (hence didn't receive credit). However, this summer was one of the most intellectually and physically challenging experiences of my life. I was pushed beyond my comfort zones in every aspect and came out of those ten weeks feeling more confident outdoors than ever before. I gained immense knowledge on hiking, camping, and tour guide etiquette. Along with outdoor recreation, I recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn more about sustainability, community living, and experiential learning.
Business and entrepreneur intern
Submitted by Jazzmina Redondo - University of Arizona | August 31, 2017
During my time in KY I was able to develop a full and operating business model. I was able to partner up with an intern in the Community Well-ness Program and develop a health and wellness Spa. It was difficult developing this business due to the location, the jungle. However, this made the experience more rich and rewarding. We were challenged to think outside the box and find a solution to a problem we could identify. We had the support of an amazing director who was also the director for the business incubator. She had so much knowledge and offered so much support. Thanks to her and everyone in the community were able to establish our vision. From writing up a business plan to making high profits, I left Kalu Yala (KY) as a cofounder of a business. I don't think anyone can get this opportunity and support anywhere else. Apart from this I also had the opportunity to strengthen my skills by providing consulting services to a local farm to table restaurant. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to work with my fellow program colleagues to revamp the local tienda and increase it's profits by more than 60%. From working in a team to working independently, you can find all the experiences to be a successful business person here in KY.
Program: Business Internship in Panama
My experience in the sustainable ag. program summer '17
Submitted by Anna Vellante - Bentley University | August 31, 2017
I had the best and most self-fulfilling summer while studying at Kalu Yala. My days consisted of lots of hand-on work, which I love, interesting lecture periods, independent project work, and lots of socializing and adventuring with amazing people. The sense of community ties at Kalu Yala are incredible to become a part of, and that will stay with me forever. Beyond academic knowledge & hands-on skills gained is the sustainable agriculture field, I was given the opportunity to learn about topics in every other program as well. Each day pushes you mentally, physically, and emotionally- the best stuff to make you grow as an individual. All-in-all, I had am incredibly mind-opening & transformative experience at Kalu Yala that I hold great gratitude towards <3
The internship that changed my life
Submitted by Kathleen Kelso - University of the South | January 13, 2017
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!
Submitted by Carly Garland - University of Arkansas | January 12, 2017
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.