2017 Long-term Permaculture Internships available at the Panya Project in Northern Thailand
Come join this incredible opportunity to spend 6 months to a year at the Panya Project, in Northern Thailand.
If you are interested in experiencing permaculture in action, living in community, and engaging with DIY permaculture projects in a hands-on and dynamic environment, review this page and fill out the application!
For Panya community members, daily life is dynamic and dependent on the season. Involvement may include farming activities, gardening, food processing, natural construction, managing projects, event hosting, hospitality, and cooking.
Panya Project is now accepting applications for interns / long-term volunteers for the year of 2017. These positions start at the first of March or April 10 and include a full permaculture design course with super inspiring and experienced course facilitators. See course listings here:
After a couple months of an introductory period, including the permaculture design course, Interns will be asked to participate as part of the staff of our education center and farm, taking on real decision-making authority and responsibility to the upliftment and the well-being of the education center. This is a great experience for anyone interested in living in an ecovillage or running an education center at some point.
Communal living is integral to our daily lives at Panya. Applicants should be comfortable living, communicating, working and playing in a community setting as well as contributing to community upkeep. As a community, we wake up together, eat meals together, take turns cooking for each other, and share in the responsibilities of keeping daily operations running smoothly. Each community member may have different responsibilities, but we do our best to work together as a cohesive group. Inevitably there are challenges, both physical and interpersonal, but even in these, we try our best to learn and grow from them.
The Panya Project is an 11-year old permaculture site and possibly the best known in all of South Asia. The farm is approximately 10 acres and located about an hour north of Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. It was originally a Mango orchard and has been greatly diversified in that time. The farm boasts a large amount of mangos, avocados, bananas, and tons of other edibles. Panya is a natural building education center as well, so many of the buildings onsite were built by workshoppers and your time there will certainly include some exploration of natural plasters and building.
It is an exciting time at Panya, because with your help we are charting a new path toward more productivity and enlivening farm and community systems. We plan to be conducting many integrated permaculture projects and you will find yourself delving into everything from implementation of organic garden beds, to work with natural plasters, from working with short-term volunteers, to feeding and caring for animals, from social media design to pruning and mulching the food forest. We look forward to your input to help craft the vision moving forward and create even more self-reliant and stable systems
Participation is experiential education; you are learning about permaculture and community by living in it. The most helpful, effective, and happy participants are self-motivated, interested, responsible, and accountable.
What we are asking of you:
We are looking for people who already have some permaculture experience. You don’t need to have taken a Permaculture Design Course, as you will get one as part of your first month onsite. If you already have a PDC, that is also fine, as sitting in on another is always a great experience with information you did not get the first time. The internship is ideal for anyone looking to get some solid permaculture and community living practice. Our internship is intended as a hands-on learning experience, rather than a workshop to be taught. You will be learning by working on various projects day in and day out. You must be able to guide your own learning experience and are sure to learn a ton during your time here.
Each Intern is asked to be a solid contributor both to the physical work of the site as well as to the social and emotional well-being of the community. Remember you will be living and working in a community! You are given the freedom to make a genuine contribution to the future of our farm systems. As an intern, you are sure to get a full plethora of experiences from your time here!
Our design and community are ambitious, exciting and holistic. We look forward to seeing some amazing permaculture happen as the year goes by!
Work requirements are a minimum of 5 days a week, 4 hours a day of group sessions and 2 hours of personal tasks, with some occasional weekend duties (such as: watering garden beds, flipping compost, feeding animals, etc). All interns will also participate in community chores such as cooking, cleaning communal areas, and maintaining the site. Interns will also participate in community meetings ranging from managerial tasks to personal feelings.
Interns should consider their position at Panya as a job. We like to have fun, but we have serious work to do. The place cannot function without the hard work and energy of all the members. If you care deeply about the work you are doing, you are sure to get most you can out of your time.
What Do you Get?
Permaculture Design Certification (PDC), a 72-hour intensive permaculture training experience that will give a basic foundation of applied ecological design
Weekly Thai Language class (equivalent to a beginner and intermediate Thai language course over a full year)
Community living experience
Hands-on Permaculture experience
Develop leadership and teamwork skills skills
Develop advanced permaculture skills through hands-on experience in natural building, gardening, plant propagation, food forest establishment, community development, and much more
Mentorship and networking opportunities from an established network of professional permaculture designers, consultants, and farmers
< We are looking for people willing to commit to 6-12 months on site. 12 months is ideal as you have the opportunity to experience the full cycle of the seasons. >
Start Dates: March 1 or April 10
Duration: We are asking you to commit to 6 months or 1 year.
Applications must be received by February 15th
We expect this internship to fill!
Six Month Internship - $1200 (including a PDC course) ($2100 for couples)
12-Month Internship - $1600 (including a PDC course) ($2800 for couples)
It’s our goal to keep the costs as low as possible while getting the needs met of everyone involved. The costs above reflect a need to pay our PDC course teachers and then cover some portion of your food costs for the duration of your time here. The community will cover the rest in the hopes that this can be affordable to you. It is our goal to make this trade a worthwhile one and ensure that you go away having learned a ton, and had a lot of fun!
Application need to be received by February 15th at the latest.