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
Agriculture Internship at Kalu Yala
Submitted by patrick gill - Aspen | May 23, 2017
I had a spectacular time during my 2.5 months at Kalu Yala. I loved the fact that i got the chance to learn from everyone there, not just the people in leadership postions. Everyone was so kind and welcoming when we first got into the jungle. From then on, I felt like I was a sponge trying to absorb every possible thing i could from my fellow interns, other staff members, and especially the amazing Jon Trimarco (my ag director)
I learned the basics of permaculture principles not only in the topics but everywhere. I learned how to apply permaculture to all aspects of life, not just farming or gardening. I learned how to compost and build my own compost system. I learned the basics of tropical agriculture. I got to teach elementary school kids the basics of tropical farming :) I learned about Black Soldier Flies and how the can break down a compost pile much quicker than anything else and can then be used as chicken or fish feed; extremely nutritious and sustainable feed :) the ag team as a whole were catalysts in regenerating an old cattle pasture back into its natural state of rainforest. We all worked to breed iguanas in a place where iguanas are going extinct. We showed others that hard, manual labor can be fun and rewarding. and this is all just what we did as an agriculture team. The other programs were simotaneously working their magic in other parts of this amazing village which will someday be a town.
Program: Agriculture Internship in Panama
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.
Authentic, Life Changing Experience
Submitted by John DuPre - Clemson University | April 06, 2015
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.
Experience Of A Lifetime
Submitted by Matthew Duffy - UNC Wilmington | March 26, 2014
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.