Internships at Wa Samaki Ecosystems
Our Internship program is either a 4 week or 12 week full-immersion experiential opportunity for individuals interested in a hands-on introduction to regenerative practices in the tropics. The 4 week internship fits within the dates of the larger 12 week internship. Starting and ending dates of the 4 week internship are lower down on the page. Interns are expected to arrive on the 4rd of August 2019 for the start of the program on the 5th . The internship includes a 2 week Permaculture Design Course, co taught by the director of Wa Samaki, that starts 2 weeks into the program. The internship will be run by a core group of residential instructors specializing in natural building and fibres, woodworking and permaculture. The internship also includes a week of working with Amber Cella of the Mudgirls Collective who will be onsite to run some earth building and plastering workshops. Attendance at these workshops is included with the internship. The internship will end during the celebration of “Diwali(the festival of Lights) where Celine, one of our core members, will lead in the lighting of deyas all over the farm to welcome in the new year in the Hindu tradition.
Wa Samaki Ecosystems is a multi-generational family farm and interns will live and work with all 3 generations of our Wa Samaki family as well as other amazing core members. Interns will make lifelong friends, participating in a style of living that often times, changes them forever. Wa Samaki offers an experience second to none in Trinidad and exposes interns to the successes and challenges of running a regenerative site in a challenging Caribbean climate during a time of climate change. We will expose you to all our climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in the hope that they will inspire you to take the information worldwide. Solving problems and creating solutions will leave you with a valuable skill set relevant to all the challenges life will throw you.
Our goals for this program are to:
• empower individuals who are genuinely interested in creating a more sustainable and regenerative world.
• be a “hands on site” for experiential education and the daily practice of skills you can use for the rest of your life.
• inspire and enable individuals to continue to develop creative solutions and generate positive social change and sustainable practices in their own lives and communities after they leave.
To apply, please fill out our Internship Application. We will assess all applicants and interview the top choices meeting our internship criteria. We will then contact the successful interns to obtain deposits and final payments.
Participants in this program will be housed in shared accommodations and are expected to participate in all the activites scheduled for each day on the farm. We are a working farm that is not supported in any way by external funding and all our ongoing projects aim at helping the farm sustain itself and help it finance future projects. Typical days will include individual chores, daily morning and trice a week afternoon "work parties" and twice a week afternoon "personal practice times" when we encourage interns to learn new skills, do research in our extensive library and help our core team with ongoing projects. Once morning chores are done, weekends are free to explore Trinidad, take a break on the farm or experiment with or research an onsite project you may be passionate about. Weekends tend to be when other workshops and tours happen on the site and interns are welcome to help out in any way possible and interact with the participants taking the workshops.
The cost of the program covers all food, instruction and lodging. We seek applicants who are serious about our work and are motivated to be part of our industrious team, working towards solutions for current environmental and social challenges.
In permaculture, we say ‘’Everything is pulsed!’ We try to build our daily schedule around the dry (January-May) and wet (June-December) seasons. The dry season allows us to focus on construction and earthbuilding while the rainy season is dedicated to planting and maintenance. Planting experience still happens as we prep plants in our nursery during the dry season to go out in the wet and construction experience will still be had as we move to finish our indoors building projects.
Each week will be different as we progress through our different projects but our daily schedule will remain fairly constant.
6-6.30 - Wake up/Stretch/Read
6.30-7.30 - Life skills/Donkeys/Tropical Fish/ Aquaponics/Nursery/Foraging
7.30-8 - Breakfast
8-8.15 - Daily meeting
8.15-12 - Work Party/Farm Work/Projects
12-2 - Lunch
2-5 - Work party/Personal Practice time
5-7 - Free time/Research/Play
7-8 - Dinner
DATES (12 week internships)
the following are the start and finish dates of the 12 week internships at Wa Samaki.
2019 Start Date: August 5 (arrival date August 4)
2019 End Date: October 27(departure date October 28)
closing date for applications is July 15 th 2019
2020 Start Date: Jan 6 (arrival date Jan 5)
2020 End Date: March 27 (departure date March 28)
Closing date for applications is December 15th 2019
2020 Start Date: April 6 (arrival date April 5)
2020 End Date: June 26 (departure date June 27)
Closing date for applications is March 15th 2020
The cost for this program is US$2,250 for the 12 week program and includes all meals, lodging and access to some weekend workshops.
DATES - 4 week internships (subject to change if there are changes in the 12 week internship dates)
the following are the start and finish dates of the 4 week internships at Wa Samaki.
2019 Start Date: August 5 (arrival date August 4)- Aug 30 (depart Aug 31)
Start Date: September 2 (arr Sept 1) - Sept 27(depart Sept 28)
Start Date: September 30(arr Sept 29)- Oct 27(depart Oct 28)
2020 Start Date: Jan 6 (arrival date Jan 5)- Jan 31 (depart Feb 1)
Start Date: Feb 3 (arr Feb 2) - Feb 28 (depart Feb 29)
Start Date: March 2(arr March 1)- March 27(depart March 28)
2020 Start Date: April 6 (arrival date April 5)- May 1 (depart May 2)
Start Date: May 4 (arr Feb 3) - May 29 (depart May 30)
Start Date: June 1 (arr May 31) - June 26 (depart June 27)
The cost for this program is US$800 for the 4 week program and includes all meals, lodging and access to some weekend workshops.
NUMBER OF POSITIONS
Persons taking the 12 week internship will be given priority and the remaining spots will be open to the shorter 4 week interns.
Participants stay in a 3 bedroom house onsite. The houses are outfitted with comfortable beds, running water, electricity, nearby composting toilets, and indoor and outdoor showers.
Meals at Wa Samaki are cooked by Maleah, co owner of Wa Samaki Ecosystems and a graduate of the Farm to Table program from The International Culinary Center in New York and the youngest of our generational family at the farm. Meals on the farm are cooked from scratch, with clean and delicious ingredients coming from a variety of local farmers as well as from the farm! Our kitchen is NOT 100% vegetarian. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements prior to arriving.
Please fill out our Internship Application if you are interested in this opportunity.