Kalu Yala offers a variety of internships and volunteer positions in Panama, and seeks to create a sustainable community of entrepreneurs in Panama.
Our intern/volunteer program is an exciting opportunity for college students and grads to work with the Kalu Yala team to discover a conscious way of living. Our participants come from a variety of different geographic locations, areas of study and experience backgrounds.
JeromyAge: 19-24MaleOneonta, NYHartwick CollegeLife Changing Experience10/03/2014How could this program be improved?
Provide more opportunity for radical ideas that seem unattainable but are possible if planned out.
DanAge: 25-30MaleLos Angeles, CAUniversity of VirginiaThe Best Latin American Internship Experience from an Asian-American Perspective04/12/2014How could this program be improved?
There will be tons of insects biting you and peer pressure to go beyond your comfort zone to be more adventurous than you might have previously experienced as a studious person. For example, a regular mile hike across the mountain is encouraged; I had difficulty to find a decent set of hiking boots prior to arriving. Nevertheless, Panama City has modern selections of Columbia sporting goods and even Gore-Tex boots. Be prepared to combat the mosquitos downtown with deet and the ticks in the mountains with permethrin cream and spray. Make sure to take some of these medicines with you to stay healthy; no man is strong enough to endure all the toxins of those insects!
JohnAge: 19-24MaleChattanooga, TN, Clemson, SC, St. Lous, MOClemson UniversityLife Changing Experience03/22/2014How could this program be improved?
They now have internet out in the valley apparently. I repeat, they have internet in the jungle. If you aren't in love yet, this program may not be for you.
BonnieBAge: 19-24FemaleCleveland, OhioKent State UniversityInternship in the jungle- Kalu Yala03/14/2014How could this program be improved?
I don't think I would change anything because everything was part of the experience but know what you're getting into. The hike into the valley was rough for me personally but it's a great feeling once you do, there are lots of animals around including bugs, frogs, and our neighbors' pets, working a lot in the hot sun, and many other things I didn't expect. When I came home I was a little bit sad I couldn't just go pee anywhere, I didn't like that my family didn't compost and it felt weird to not have dinner and conversation with 20 other people. If you're on the fence I would say do it!
MalloryAge: 19-24FemaleBurlington, VTUniversity of VermontKY is Unique03/13/2014How could this program be improved?
Like some other reviewers, I was a little concerned about organization when I left, however, I believe this was mostly due to the young company's first major transition phase during my semester. Feedback and communication since than has led me to believe that the organizational problems have been fully addressed.