Tropical Organic Agriculture Internship

An internship designed to advance your understanding of nutrient cycles, microbiological processes, and the relationship between humans and produce.

Earth Train is accepting applicants with interest in organic agriculture and landscaping to participate in our Tropical Organic Agriculture Internship. You'll work together with other interns, volunteers and staff to make the grounds of our Centro Mamoni both productive and beautiful. Areas of focus include:

  • Permaculture

  • Aquaculture

  • Closed-loop farming systems (human, plant and animal waste)

  • Bio-intensive gardening

  • Plant-microbe interactions

  • Organic pest controls

  • Growing/researching new species

  • And more....

All interns are responsible for documenting their experiences and aiding in the creation of an open-source and publicly available best-practices "manual" for tropical organic agriculture in the valley. 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

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
Cover Letter that conveys your passion for agriculture and knowledge sharing
Other Skills
You should be able to demonstrate a passion organic agriculture and a commitment to learning.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

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Tropical Organic Agriculture Internship The Comedor - our main lodge A sloth in our bamboo! Having fun at the river! An intern planting spinach A volunteer shoveling manure Horseback riding with the neighbors Casa Águila - our program dwellings ET Staff boating in the Mamoni River ET Staff diving from a waterfall Workshop students doing yoga in the Comedor Roasting cashews Youth program participants hiking A volunteer collecting breadfruit seeds

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.



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.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

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, and 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
4 weeks (min. stay)
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7 weeks
12 weeks
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50 weeks (max. stay)

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 tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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.

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What's next?

The nearest airport is Tocumen International (PTY) in Panama City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Panama.
Travel Insurance
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Centro Mamoní, Mamoní Valley Preserve, Chepo, Panama