The Return to the Forest Internship program has been in operation for nearly two years and has seen over a dozen interns staying for periods of up to a year and working on all sorts of projects from clinics, hotels, temples and cabins to installing solar PV, building bamboo furniture and running natural plastering workshops.
The internship is be a great way to learn natural design and building on original and experimental buildings, with talented and experienced folk, in a place of great natural beauty, with a great community of both foreign and local residents. It also provides the opportunity to learn both Spanish and a very transferable trade at a time when natural building is booming, and in a place where building codes are thankfully still a long way off!
In short we welcome people who could offer their assistance five days a week, for at least five hours a day. Tasks might include working on building sites and our workshop, as well as design projects and helping out on workshops when they’re running.
You needn’t be a specialist or have a ton of experience but, to make it worthwhile for yourself and our team here, you’d need to be walking fit, independent, flexible, and of course be willing to get stuck in and learn whenever possible. Minimum commitment is six weeks.
We can sometimes provide low cost accommodation, and even offer work-trade for more skilled individuals. If we can’t house you at our headquarters then there are plenty of hotels, and a rustic one-bedroom house here rents for about $120 a month, although you can sometimes get free rent for house-sitting, especially during the rainy season (May-October).
If you’d like to know more, please send me a message using our contact form (and not the comments below!)