INTERNSHIP: Environmental Living and Permaculture Design in Costa Rica

The Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living & Education offers a Permaculture Design Course and Environmental Living Internship, which is open to students of all ages from all over the world.

The Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education is one of the most extensive organic permaculture farms in Costa Rica. Located on the Southern Caribbean coast, we have 85 beach front acres of primary, secondary and established food forests. We grow over 200 species of exotic fruits trees, we have identified over 125 medicinal plants and have numerous food, construction and ornamental species. Located in the heart of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge we have abundant wildlife, extensive coral reef, our beach is one of the prime nesting zones for the leatherback and green turtles and we have 3 species of dolphins offshore. Over the past 18 years we have hosted thousands of students, from junior high school through graduate levels as well as all kinds of adult learners who come to Punta Mona to be immersed in off-the grid, environmentally conscious living.

In a Permaculture Design Course and Environmental Living Internship students gain practical field skills in sustainable design, energy systems (solar and water collection), land use and holistic food practices. They will come out with a clear understanding of the principals and philosophy of permaculture and how it can be applied in urban, suburban and rural settings. In this course we discuss triple bottom line business, ecological ethics and policy and community and personal development.

Students can sign up for the 3 week permaculture design course (which at the end students will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate) and they can then may stay on for the full 10 week internship living and working here in Punta Mona. There are two opportunities like this each year, in the Winter and Summer.

We also host many student groups and are available to customize and guide educational excursions throughout Costa Rica as well.

When: January and June 2014

Contact Sarah Wu, Co-Director at


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