At Hoja Nueva we offer internships in many forms. Internships differ from volunteer opportunities — usually they involve pursuing an individual’s own project or goals for school, work, or personal reasons, while being a volunteer involves serving the community and/or Hoja Nueva with ongoing projects and being more independent. We are here to offer full accommodations at our research station for our interns, and provide the expertise needed to see individual projects through. Please refer to our independent research page if you have more training and to see if you’re better classified as an independent researcher.
We have two internship options. The first is a customized internship designed for the intern. On average, these interns pay approximately $80 per day to cover all food and accommodations, transportation, and expert/guide costs. This fluctuates based on each individual project, as some require more staff and resources than others. The second internship option is our four-month agroforestry internship described below, where interns will be trained in our cacao fields (chacras) for four months while pursuing their own individual projects in the chacras. Please note that daily rates decrease with longer length of stay.