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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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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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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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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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Biology Program in Panama

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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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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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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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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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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Kalu Yala Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

The best thing to do after graduation

I found Kalu Yala while looking for something out of the ordinary to do after graduation. Applied on a whim and somehow found myself in Panama September 2017. My time was nothing short of amazing. You live in the jungle, in a hammock, with your head maybe a foot from someone you hardly know. Yes there are spiders, snakes, bugs, and all the scary things that come along with living in a hostile environment, but what is unique about the experience is what is going on in that jungle. They are building something that will one day be a town and institution for a type of alternate education and lifestyle. I learned how to coexist with people I hardly knew, I learned how to apply things I love in a way that other people could benefit, I learned how to just jump and not ask questions, I learned that the world is much bigger than social media, and I learned more than anything how adaptable the human spirit can be.

Program: Health & Wellness Internship in Panama

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

The hero's journey into the jungle

The ancient traditions say that the young child must go through some transition period of hardships to transition into an adult, and what better than to delve into a different country, in the jungle, with a wide variety of people. From day one, with the trek in, it was a shaping experience. Physically, KY shaped my calves and body to tone, mentally, KY pushed me to become comfortable living in total natural environment with a disconnect from the internet, with the weekend getaways. This experience is one of a kind, especially since the new academic and education system requires a place like this where the resources are available, and one can just come and make whatever they want with whoever they want. This is a program for the self driven, for the ones who want to be self driven, for the ones who want to do a little bit more and learn a little bit more everyday.

Program: Agriculture Internship in Panama

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

Post grad summer at Kalu Yala

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.

Program: Outdoor Recreation Internship in Panama

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Business and entrepreneur intern

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

My experience in the sustainable ag. program summer '17

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

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

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