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Multimedia Story-Telling Internship

A practicum in modern multimedia journalism (story-telling), using the Panamanian rainforest and cultures as a backdrop.

Earth Train is accepting applicants seeking hands-on experience in multimedia arts to participate in our Audiovisual Media Production Internship. Under the guidance of our Directors of Photojournalism and Video Documentation, you'll go deep into the field to capture Panama's unique cultures, flora and fauna on film and in photos. You'll also get real experience creating your own media projects and developing technical abilities in line with your field, such as digital asset management, media editing, scripting (in the case of video work), interacting with subjects, and writing for journalism.

All interns are responsible for documenting their experiences and aiding in the creation of an open-source and publicly available best-practices "manual" for media journalism in rural and complex settings. Each intern will be an intellectual contributor to our on-site community at Centro Mamoni, helping to craft a culture of learning and doing that serves as a model for visitors, neighbors and peers.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Cover Letter to explain why you want to intern with Earth Train
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Ability to demonstrate passion for production of multimedia materials. Should have at least a minimal portfolio.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Earth Train are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Earth Train encourages deep exploration and immersion. Our Centro Mamoní campus offers a number of options for these experiences, including extensive nature trails through forest and pastureland, beautiful swimming holes, and wonderful rural local populations.


Included Services

What's included?
What's Included: Pick-up/drop-off at the airport; transportation between the Preserve and the Panamerican Highway; food and lodging at Centro Mamoní; any paperwork you might need for your school; personal help and mentoring from on-site staff. What's Not Included: Airfare to and from Panama; special trips; medical costs; junk food.
Airport Pickup at Tocumen International

Earth Train facilitates airport pickup if you arrive before 4:30pm. If you arrive after 4:30pm, we'll still have a staff member meet you there, but you'll have to set yourself up with a hotel room (something that we can help you with if you let us know before hand) and we'll bring you up to the Preserve the next day.


Guest, staff and volunteer houses are open-air architecture in order to facilitate a more immersive experience. For protection from insects, residents sleep in tents with mattress pads.

Food & Beverages

Meals are largely vegetarian, but are well cooked and hearty. All volunteers will participate on a rotating basis with preparation and cleanup of meals.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Chepo/Panama between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Earth Train will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Earth Train during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Panama

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Panama. Please check the visa regulations for Panama.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Panama and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Panama.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Panama.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Tocumen International (PTY) in Panama City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Panama.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Panama provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Panama you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Panama.
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Centro Mamoní, Chepo, Panama

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