The Kalu Yala Institute: Environment & Community Internships in Panama

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The costs change semester to semester, I suggest you email them at hello@kaluyala.com

Different semesters have different numbers of people applying and so do different programs. Generally the summer semester has the most people wanting to come, but program popularity can vary a lot from one semester to the next. Overall, though, about 1/4-1/3 will be interviewed after applying, and about 1/4-1/3 of people will be accepted and attend.

We don't have independent accreditation, but the majority of people that come and are currently enrolled at an accredited institution get their semester approved for credit through their school. Overall, about 75% of students who are enrolled in a college or university and try to get credit for their semester at Kalu Yala are able to get it qualified. You'll need to speak with your adviser and/or...

While most of Kalu Yala's participants are enrolled in university studies, it isn't a requirement. Some people may be taking a gap year or even a career break when they attend.

Hi Reader of Kalu Yala Reviews! I was there with the KY company in Panama City during the dry season (U.S. spring time) of 2013. I also visit the KY HQ in the village of San Miguel, as well as the KY jungle base in the outskirts of Tres Brazos. Knowing Spanish is moderately valuable if you are doing a program such as business interning in the city, most valuable in making closer connections with...

So, about how safe is the area around Kalu Yala you ask? I think it's among the safest places I've ever seen abroad, for the sort of places I personally would go to. I would usually travel with my intern group friends, and as long as you have this sort of network, it inspires teamwork and establishes safety for the wilderness hikes to have good allies supporting each other. In the city, there are...

Hi Emma, I believe the minimum age is 18, so if you are looking to take a gap year before college this is a good option for you! - Mallory

For a business intern that stays in the city most of the time you really set your own schedule with approval from your program advisor. The expectation is that you will work on a project(s) 9-5. There is a good chance you may change, modify, or create multiple projects. A few times a week there are group meetings to go over ideas and to provide teaching moments. We were given a great book to read...