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Mastatal, Costa Rica
Minimum Stay:
6 months
English and Spanish


Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center

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Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 12 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and authentic internships throughout the year. Interns will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.

Currently we are seeking individuals and couples for our:

Summer/Fall Caretaking and Tropical Homesteading Experience
June 15th to December 15th, 2014

Permaculture and Sustainable Living Apprenticeship Program
January to December 2015

As a working farm and education center we provide the opportunity for hardworking, conscientious, and responsible individuals to immerse themselves in techniques and technologies related to natural building, animal husbandry, sustainable agricultural, fermentation, homesteading, and community.

Our program aims at providing a balance between hands on instruction and experiential learning that allows interns to quickly take on leadership roles in our beautiful kitchen, amongst our hundreds of fruit and nut trees, with our playful goat herd, and so much more. Often a life changing experience for participants, interns routinely return year after year becoming part of the Ranch family.

For a thorough description of internship life, expectations, application due dates, and costs, please see the internship page of our website.


For information about getting either course or professional credit for this internship please contact us directly.

Welcome Skills: A strong work ethic, an open minded and positive attitude, and a commitment to our program, its time frame and our community


Please see our website for a detailed description of our program, site, accomodations, and much more. my website

What Else

- Smokers allowed

- Internet Access

+ Have animals/pets