Business / Organization Name: 
Kalu Yala Independent Study Abroad and Entrepreneurial Internships
Contact Person: 
Kate Stewart
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(404) 964-1841
Street Address: 
Edificio Hispania, #13
Panama City, PANAMA
Zip Code: 
Job Title: 
Sustainability Internship/Independent Study Abroad in Panama: Ag, Bio, OR, Biz, Education, Outreach, Farm-to-Table Culinary Arts
Job Description: 
Kalu Yala is a sustainable community that will be built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama. The idea behind Kalu Yala is based around culture, new urbanism architecture, organic food, wellness, recreation, education, preservation, and conservation of the natural environment. We plan to break ground in December of this year which will bring many opportunities for students to work with experts in various fields. At Kalu Yala Entrepreneurial Internships, we work as an independent study abroad to allow individuals to find and fulfill their career and personal passions. Our 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 the student proposes and then brings to fruition. Intern programs take place in 3 venues: creating the town's foundation in Kalu Yala; creating relationships in the neighboring town of San Miguel; and working on business logistics in Panama City. Since Summer 2010, we have had students from 44 states, 16 countries and 132 universities. Programs Agriculture and Animal Science in Kalu Yala Biology in Kalu Yala Business Development and Entrepreneurship in Panama City Community Outreach and Education in San Miguel Farm to Table Culinary Arts in Kalu Yala Health and Wellness in San Miguel Outdoor Recreation in Kalu Yala Examples of Projects: Agriculture and Animal Science: Designing and building a 2-acre permaculture farm based on local and modern farming methods, so far including plantain-tree grove, medicinal plant bed, herb garden, hardwood test-plot, and a 30-hen chicken coop. Biology: Design and implementation of first water system to BaseCamp with study of aquatic life, water testing, and multiple field studies on specific flora and fauna in Kalu Yala Business: Creation of design briefs and space planning for Kalu Yala's first development project, including market research and financial analysis, creating the first tourism company to go to Kalu Yala Community Outreach and Education: Social Metrics study through personal interviews to find strength, creativity, and resiliency in the neighboring town of San Miguel to be able to best support existing assets in individuals and the community to assist in town development. The Education portion works on empowering the people of San Miguel through personalized English classes, while forming relationships within the school and community through educational workshops and events, including a community art mural and a study of local labor culture. There is also a Health and Wellness portion which focuses on both the system healthcare system of rural Panama as well as local practices. Outdoor Recreation: Design and construction of low ropes course, trails and recreation fields while working closely with Jungle Adventures, the first eco-tour project at Kalu Yala, building of a putt putt golf course, and an amphitheater and stage. Benefits to Students: - Ability to design and/or 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 Upcoming semester dates: - Summer: May 19th- August 1st - Fall: September 1st- November 14th - Spring 2015: January 12th- April 3rd Our staff is happy to assist students who wish to acquire academic credit and speaking Spanish is not required! We also can work with students on payment plans. Visit for a full brochure.
Stockbridge Majors: 
Landscape Contracting
Plant and Soil Sciences
Sustainable Food and Farming
Sustainable Horticulture
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Application Requirements (resume, cover letter, etc.): 
See website for application.
Wage, Salary & Benefits Description: 
Unpaid. Students pay a tuition to cover housing, meal plan and project supplies. Program is typically 1/2-1/3 price of traditional study abroad programs of an 11-week duration. Details are on website under "Sponsor".