ACCEPTING INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS with a Permaculture Farm and Educational Center on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua




Finca Bona Fide
Isla de Ometepe


Organization Description

Project Bona Fide (PBF), a non-profit organization and NGO, is a demonstrative permaculture farm and experience-based learning center that utilizes permaculture design, agroforestry, research & education, and community collaboration to promote food security on Isla de Ometepe in southwest Nicaragua.

Our vision is to educate and expose people to the possibilities of multi-strata food production through demonstrative agriculture on our 26-acre model farm, Finca Bona Fide. Through our work, we aim to promote food sovereignty locally and regionally not just through feeding one’s self and family, but also by nourishing the community and contributing to its local economy.

We are an experience-based learning center that believes learning is grasped greatly by doing, and we hope to inspire local partners and peoples from around the world to undertake their education in this manner.

Why intern with Project Bona Fide?

As interns with Project Bona Fide, participants gain invaluable experience working directly with a grassroots organization in the intern’s area of interest. Working with Project Bona Fide’s staff, interns will receive on-site training and skill-building in a number of key areas of the farm. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to on-going projects, create their own projects, and collaborate with local community initiatives.

Project Bona Fide Internship Positions

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.

Internship Start Dates (Flexible)

We accept interns on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please include your preferred start date in your application. In the past, we have suggested start dates of January, May and September to encourage interns to arrive at the same time. 

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
  • Edible Garden
  • Nusery
  • 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 and is 100% tax deductible for U.S.residents.

  • 3 Months: $2,790
  • 4 Months: $3,510
  • 5 Months: $4,230
  • 6 Months: $4,960

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 Fund for individual’s internship project

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

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

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

All internship positions are based in Balgüe, Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua. For more information, please visit our website at to learn more.

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
  • 500-word project proposal

Please put the area to which you are applying in the subject line, i.e. “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!