Learn by Doing. Help Build a Sustainable town.


At Kalu Yala, students and young professionals are given the opportunity to apply their passions in the real world. Team members utilize their studies in the search for best practices in sustainability and quality living. Unlike other education programs, we insist on exploration.

Sustainable Agriculture
Business and Entrepreneurship
Culinary Arts
Public Education and Community Development
Health and Wellness
Outdoor Recreation
Design Thinking
Media Arts
Political Science
Construction Arts
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  • What is the meal plan like?
  • Can I get credit for this in school?
  • What airport do I fly into?
  • Do you have to be an undergraduate student?
  • Where does our research go after we leave the program?
  • Where does my tuition go?
  • Does tuition cover the cost of my flight?
  • How can I send mail to my student in Panama?
  • Can I use this program as a vessel for my own project?
  • Can I get another job while being a student in Panama?
  • Do I have to pick a first-choice program when applying?
  • What is there to do in San Miguel?
  • Will I be able to stay at all three venues?
  • Can I talk to someone before completing my application
  • When will the town of Kalu Yala be built?
  • Can I change the program dates?
  • Do you offer scholarships?
  • What and where is San Miguel?

Those located in San Miguel and Panama City are provided lunch and dinner during the week, except dinner on Fridays. Due to the nature of their work, Kalu Yala-based programs receive 14 meals per week, with meal schedule varying around time spent in the field. Meals are not provided on weekends/off days. Our chefs provide filling meals that are delicious and healthy, using what is locally available. Vegetarian options are always available; several of our staff members are vegetarian, so you will be in good company!

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