As many of you know, I'm in the Environmental Studies program at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and integrate the economic, political, and ethical dimensions of sustainability in my approach to the field.
I was keen on a three week long study abroad program in Guyana offered for next summer (2014), but sadly there likely will not be enough students signed up for the program to run. Fortunately, I found out about an even more amazing program through a friend of mine! This program is for 11 weeks instead of 3. As I said about the last trip, to be given this gift of opportunity in celebration of the holidays and my educational pursuits would mean so much to me. I have until February to apply (and come up with the money).
My friend had this to say about her time there:
"Kalu Yala was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I was in the Valley venue as an Agriculture intern, and actually miss my life there every single day. We ate great food, had no electricity or luxuries, but were the happiest of happies, got dirty everyday, and everyone there had different world views... we talked about sustainability, spirituality, mindfulness, and every little thing about life."
Check out how extraordinary it sounds:
Kalu Yala is the future town of a sustainability-focused land development company. Currently, they are in the early stages of developing a 550-acre river valley property, located within the picturesque scenery of the Panamanian highlands. Kalu Yala Entrepreneurial Internships is a full-time program that hosts students and young professionals from around the world to Panama to engage in the creation of the Kalu Yala culture. Here, students have the opportunity to openly express and implement their ideas in a work environment like none other.
Kalu Yala Entrepreneurial Internships operates from three locations, each offering an individual environment and personal experience. The first is located in Bella Vista, a neighborhood in the heart of Panama City, and serves as student headquarters and home to the Business Program. The second is in San Miguel, the rural town closest to Kalu Yala in the San Martin County of Panama and is home to the Health and Wellness, Community Outreach and Education Program. The third is the actual Kalu Yala property. This remote and captivating environment is home to the Agriculture/ Ag Science, Biology, Forestry, Farm-to- Table Culinary, and Outdoor Recreation Programs.
Your program will determine your home away from home, which is where you will spend the majority of your days. Students will work between two project models, spending half the day on one type and other half on the second. In the mornings, students will work on a Director-led project, with the entire program working as a team. In the afternoons, you will work on your own unique project proposal and bring it to fruition through the entrepreneurship model. Both sides of the day demand passion, strong work ethic, and tons of initiative.
● Meal Plan with vegetarian options
● Project Supplies
● Airport Transportation 3 days prior to and after the program
For more information visit: http://kaluyalainternships.com/wp-content/uploads/Summer-2014-Kalu-Yala-Internships-Info-Packet-.pdf
Or the general website: http://kaluyalainternships.com
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