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We offer dynamic internship positions to self-motivated individuals who are eager to expand their knowledge of permaculture design, food security and sustainable living systems. Project Bona Fide depends on the contributions of interns to help maintain our 26-acre permaculture farm, develop new practices, and enrich our shared experience of conscious living.

Interns are asked to commit to a minimum period of 3 months of living and working on the farm. All interns will be responsible for a specific system/project on the farm and will coordinate their work with the Bona Fide Directors and Program Coordinators.


Position Requirements:

  • Minimum time commitment of 3 months
  • Experience living in a communal setting
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn and share
  • Ability to work in a high activity environment
  • Intermediate level of Spanish (recommended)
  • Basic knowledge of Permaculture principles (recommended)
  • Self motivation, strong work ethic, interpersonal skills


Project Interns are needed in the following areas:

  • Appropriate Technology & Alternative Energy
  • Natural Building
  • Water Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Medicinal Garden
  • Marketing & Communications

As part of the internship, interns will use a Project Seed Fund of $300 to develop their own project on the farm or contribute an existing project. Interns are expected to conduct basic project management, which includes fundraising, budgeting, and setting realistic deadlines for their project. They will report directly to the Directors and Coordinators about the status of their project, as well as for material and budgeting needs.

Over the course of the internship, interns will have the opportunity to participate in unique skill-building workshops, collaborate with the local community, and learn from one of the most diverse agroforestry sites in Central America.


Program Costs:

Project Bona Fide’s program fee covers all in-country costs.

  • 3 Months: $2,790
  • 4 Months: $3,510
  • 5 Months: $4,230
  • 6 Months: $4,950

If interested in staying 6+ months, please contact the Program Coordinator directly at

The program fee covers:

  • 4-day orientation
  • Room & board with all meals included
  • Weekly Spanish language lessons
  • Skill-building workshops and weekly activities
  • Midterm retreat
  • Ongoing in-country support from PBF site team
  • $300 Project Seed Grant for individual’s internship project

Our program fees also contribute directly to the operational costs of our farm and local staff. For a more detailed breakdown of program costs, please email our Program Coordinator at

The following are not included in the program fee, but can be arranged at additional cost:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Medical/travel insurance


Internship Start Dates for 2018-2019 (Flexible):

June 15, 2018

September 15, 2018

January 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

June 15, 2019


How to Apply:

If you wish to be considered for an internship position at Project Bona Fide, please send the following application materials to

  • Resume
  • 1-page cover letter explaining your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for a Project Bona Fide internship
  • Maximum 500-word project proposal

Please put the area to which you are applying in the subject line, e.g. “Plant Systems Intern”. All applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

We appreciate your interest in joining us and look forward to reading your application!

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