Kalu Yala Announces Two Giveaways: A Three-Month Apprenticeship in Panama and an Opportunity to Found the Village’s First Organic Farm

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First Ever Open Source Design Village Creates Giveaways in Conjunction with Naked Development Forum in Atlanta on May 18

Kalu Yala a new community in Panama, has created two exciting opportunities for two lucky individuals who would like to help found the Kalu Yala village, be a part of changing the development process and have the adventure of a lifetime. The first contest is for a “Founding Organic Farmer,” who will win a five-acre farm in Kalu Yala and $25,000 in start-up capital. The second contest is for a “Village Apprenticeship” who will win a three-month paid apprenticeship in Panama and a small homesite in the Kalu Yala village. Complete details on both giveaways can be found at http://www.kaluyala.com/contest.

The design of the Kalu Yala community will begin in a thoughtfully designed, transparent and interactive event called the Naked Development Forum taking place on May 18 at the renowned community of Serenbe outside of Atlanta, Georgia. This event will bring together thought leaders from across disciplines and the country as well as founders and the public to help redefine the development process from start to finish. By discussing issues ranging from organic farming to long-term project finance, sustainable architecture to sociology, a foundation will be formed for Kalu Yala, the world’s next great place to live and to thrive. These two giveaways have been created in conjunction with the Naked Development Forum and the winner of the Apprenticeship will be announced at the event on May 18. The winner of the Organic Farmer content will be announced at a second Naked Development Forum on August 15 in Panama.

Founding Organic Farmer
Kalu Yala believes passionately in the impact food and farms have on community and the world. As such, Kalu Yala is offering the chance to be the community’s first “Founding Organic Farmer.” He or she will share this belief in the power of food and farms and have the desire to turn his/her passion into action. The chosen Farmer will receive:

  •     Flight and accommodations to the Naked Development Farming Forum on August 15 to take place onsite at Kalu Yala in Panama;
  •     The opportunity to participate in the design of all of Kalu Yala’s food programs including farms, incubator farm, farmers market, restaurant relationships, etc.;
  •     The first five-acre organic farm site at Kalu Yala;
  •     Start-up capital for the farm of $25,000;
  •     Three years of business consulting from the Kalu Yala team in order to ensure the farm’s success.

Entry Details:

  •     Contestants should submit a 30 to 60 second video essay outlining why he/she wants to start an organic farm and be part of founding the Kalu Yala village in Panama.
  •     Applicant should be a self-starter who finds challenge meaningful, works well with others and has a strong work ethic. Communication skills a plus.
  •     Upload submissions to your own account on YouTube and then share the video with Kalu Yala's Facebook group.

Entry Deadlines:

  •     July 15th 5:00pm ET: Deadline for submission of all videos via Facebook and Youtube. The Kalu Yala team will then pick the top seven video finalists based on votes. Finalist videos will then be posted on http://www.kaluyala.com for the final vote. The voting period will last six days.
  •     July 21st 11:59pm ET: Deadline for all finalist votes!
  •     July 22nd: http://www.kaluyala.com will determine the winner.
  •     August 15th: http://www.kaluyala.com will announce via the webpage the winner of the competition.

The Village Apprenticeship
The Kalu Yala “Village Apprentice” is a three month summer/early fall internship in Panama that allows the winner to work directly with project managers on the community planning process. Create your own internship based on what you think Kalu Yala and the world need to know to be able to create an enduring place. The chosen Village Apprentice will receive:

  •     Flight and accommodations for the Naked Development Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 17 and 18;
  •     A three month summer/early fall internship in Panama;
  •     Lodging and a small monthly stipend while in Panama;
  •     A video camera and blog setup so the world can follow your experience;
  •     A small homesite in the future village of Kalu Yala.

Entry Details:

  •     Contestants should submit a 30 to 60 second video essay on why he/she wants to be the Kalu Yala Village Apprentice.
  •     Applicant should be a self-starter who finds challenge meaningful, works well with others and has a strong work ethic. Communication skills a plus.
  •     Upload submissions to your own account on YouTube and then share the video with Kalu Yala's Facebook group.

Entry Deadlines:

  •     May 7th 5:00pm ET: Deadline for submission of all videos via Facebook and Youtube. The Kalu Yala team will then pick the top seven video finalists based on votes. Finalist videos will be posted on http://www.kaluyala.com for the final vote. The voting period will last six days.
  •     May 13th 11:59pm ET: Deadline for all finalist votes!
  •     May 14th : http://www.kaluyala.com will determine the winner.
  •     May 18th : http://www.kaluyala.com will announce the winner via the webpage.

About Kalu Yala
Kalu Yala is a bold new village in the rainforest highlands of Central Panama that is an intersection of visionary thinking and timeless tradition. A truly sustainable community, Kalu Yala is founded on the core tenants of culture, new urbanism architecture, organic food, wellness, recreation, education, preservation and conservation of the natural environment. Kalu Yala will be designed using an innovative process called “Naked Development”. This transparent and collaborative effort utilizes input from innovative leaders in organic farming, finance, sustainable architecture, community design, future residents of Kalu Yala and the online audience. The result is a living community model, able to evolve in response to the demands of its visitors and residents and is driven by social, environmental and economic purpose. For more information visit http://www.kaluyala.com.

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