• Panama
    • Panama City
Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Agriculture Biology Botany Business Conservation and Preservation Culinary Arts Design Ecology Engineering Entrepreneurship Environmental Studies Field Studies International Business Latin American Studies Natural Sciences Public Health Sustainable Development Tourism +8

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors Masters


Starting Price
Price Details
Each semester lasts for 10-weeks with a tuition for the Spring & Summer 2023 semesters of $4,995 USD. Inquire further about financial aid and scholarship options. Your tuition covers housing, meal plan, transportation to and from Tocumen airport (PTY), highly-qualified instructors, program and project supplies, and other Institute needs – all of which directly correlate with ensuring an amazing Institute experience. Budget breakdowns are available upon request.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Meals Visa Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance
Nov 09, 2022
Jul 10, 2018
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About Program

The Panama Tropical Research Institute is a study abroad and internship program located in a rainforest river valley in Panama. Our institute is responsible for the research and projects to help us build the world's largest, sustainable eco-village. We offer 4 main programs: Biology, Sustainable Agriculture, Design, and Outdoor Recreation and 3 semesters per year, each lasting 10 weeks. Our participants range from Gap Year students to undergrads, post-graduates, and people wanting to take a moment to reflect on the next step in their career. 80% of our participants are able to receive academic credits, including 3 hours within their major, 3 to 6 hours of internship credit, and 3 hours of self-directed or independent study credit. However, many of our students and interns come purely for their own personal experience.

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Program Highlights

  • 12 years of experience, 1000+ students, 200+ universities, from 40+ countries
  • Unique hands-on, immersive study abroad and internship experience in the heart of the tropical jungle
  • Earn up to 12 academic credits: Agriculture, Biology, Design, Outdoor Recreation, & Sustainability courses
  • Develop & lead your own research project
  • Meet new friends from all over the world & explore the adventure Panama has to offer

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Program Reviews

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  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.4
  • Housing 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

There is Always Something to Do

Kalu Yala is such a beautiful place, and there is always something to do. I got the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects. It was a fabulous work environment because there is a mentality that everyone helps each other out. The directors are knowledgeable and exceptionally ambitious leaders. They encouraged me to do my own project. They supported me by sharing proven research materials and listening to my ideas and providing feedback.

23 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect for what I wanted to do

I got to work on what I wanted plus get 5 days of travel time for every 10 days of work- so I accomplished both my goal to grow in the work environment plus see the sights of Panama. Win-Win.

33 people found this review helpful.
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Kalu Yala - Sustainable Community

Kalu Yala was a perfect internship program to end my college career. They have great values and goals for the future. I was actually in the outdoor recreation program, not the community outreach (teaching) program. We spent most of our time in the jungle, which was one hell of an experience! Projects included; blazing trails, signing trails, building structures, creating activity itineraries and more. The great thing about this internship, for a person like me, is that you can work on anything that inspires you...making you own project. If you like adventure, Kalu Yala is for you!

33 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Kalu Yala is a great experience for young people looking to make social change in a foreign setting.

My favorite part about being a part of Kalu Yala was the life long friendships that I made while there. Along with that, the feeling that we were able to help empower the community of Sn Miguel, through small yet meaningful projects was very fulfilling.

25 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Good Experience

Kalu Yala is a young and energetic organization that is all about flexibility and figuring out a way for each of its employees to find personal fulfillment while in Panama. I really enjoyed my time there

25 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

10 weeks

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.