Community Development (10 Weeks)

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION – Community Development

Location: Mamoní Valley, Panama

Intern Responsibilities: Experience Mamoní is conducting a community assessment research project within the Mamoní Valley Preserve to collect information on the inhabitants in the valley in preparation for a long-term community development project. This project will include a community needs assessment, focus group discussions, and recording information on potential opportunities for partnership between Experience Mamoní and the communities. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the research project. Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting with recruiting and interviewing subjects
  • Supporting with planning, conducting, and recording focus group discussions
  • Managing the project databases and inputting information, data, and records
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative research data
  • Contributing to the reporting and interpretation of findings

All Experience Mamoní interns are expected to hold a presentation on the results of their work for the Mamoní Valley Preserve stakeholders upon the completion of their internship.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • High degree of organization and attention to detail; ability to multitask effectively
  • Previous coursework in international development and/or the social sciences would be an asset
  • Previous international experience would be an asset
  • Experience using statistical software programs such as R, SPSS, or Stata to analyze data – a plus but not required
  • Flexibility and readiness to overcome unexpected challenges
  • Sense of adventure and preparedness to live in a remote location in the middle of the rainforest
  • Sense of humor and team player

Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish required

Tuition: $1,300/Month

Benefits included in tuition:

  • Mentorship from dedicated internship coordinator and program staff
  • Opportunities for professional and leadership development
  • Transportation from Chepo or Las Margaritas to our Centro Mamoni campus
  • Shared lodging in your private tent on a covered, raised wooden cabana at our off-grid rainforest campus at the edge of a vast wilderness preserve
  • Three fresh meals per day cooked on-site. We are able to cater to specialized dietary restrictions.
  • Potable water and fresh fruit drinks
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Olympic length, stream-fed pool
  • Micro-hydro electricity generation 24/7
  • Access to laundry hand washing station and dry room
  • Special rates for Eco Adventure activities within the Mamoní Valley Preserve
  • Planning support for activities throughout Panama
  • Howler monkeys, hummingbirds, and sloths

Additional information:
Some interns choose to arrive a week or more in advance to spend some time in Panama City and take a Spanish intensive course, which allows them to enrich their experience in Panama.

It is recommended that students purchase personal health and medical insurance.

Packing list and more info on Panama provided upon receipt of application.

Why Experience Mamoni?
At Experience Mamoni, interns aren’t given menial tasks for the sake of keeping busy—you will form an integral part of our team. As a small social enterprise with a close-knit, start-up culture, we are looking for passionate individuals who are willing to work hard and contribute their unique skills and ideas to our mission.

We offer an ideal combination of a fast-paced, forward-thinking work conducted at a remote, sustainability-focused campus in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest. You will be immersed in a wild, natural environment where you wake up to the sounds of tropical birds and howler monkeys. On weekends, you’ll have the opportunity to hike along the continental divide, swim in waterfalls, and explore Panama’s many natural wonders.

In addition to the skills and knowledge you’ll gain from your daily responsibilities, you will have the opportunity to develop as a leader. Join our team of environmentally-minded, passionate restless creatives who look forward to teaching you, both informally and through monthly professional development sessions, about topics ranging from resilience and professional goal-setting, to principles of sustainable practices, to critiques of international development.

How to apply
Send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Application to 10 week Community Development Internship” by March 1st, 2019.

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