Integral PermaCulture Action-Learning Intenships in La Palma, Canary Islands
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, Polish
we organize the dates with you
(click to see more details of these two EU grant-funded programmes)
Both programmes are fully funded by the EU which includes a PDC course.
The main differences are:
|Requirements||you need to be 18-30 years old and not have done long term (longer than 2 months) EVS before||You need to be studying in an educational institutio that will support you in getting and following through the grant - ask your tutors if they support Erasmus+ placements.|
|Duration||We sometimes run 3 month short programmes (with PDC) but you can also apply for a longer programme (6-12 months) which we need some proof of committment for. See EVS leaflet for details||Erasmus grants are for 2- 12 months|
|Paperwork||We do most of the paperwork, you just need to get in touch with a sending organization||You and your University are responsible for doing the paperwork|
|Certainty||It is not certain that we will get the EVS grant (although none of our requests have been refused to date), so there is an element of speculation.||You come after your University approves the programme, so certainty is much higher|
which we are slowly bringing back to life & toward full production (for all life, not just humans!).
We now have 2 of the 5 farms it was divided into, and 2 resident members.
are amongst the permanent residents here.
After a lot of observation she brought the current site for the GaiaTasiri Association.
In 2014 we were able to buy another one of the nearby farms (all are parts of the original settlement) which included a house so now we have more space for visitors & can offer these courses with more comforts for guests.
We are in the North of the Island of La Palma, a bio-sphere reserve and one of the smallest & the greenest of the Canary Islands, known as La Isla Bonita for its great natural beauty & dramatic landscapes, still with most of its primary ecosystems intact & a population that’s quite connected to the land.
Before arriving on site:
- Get to know us on site (residents & other interns), practice doing ‘Think & Listens’, and plan for the details of your internship program
- Go through our induction steps – Living Together Agreements and other sets of agreements for everyone on site
- Study the 20 multimedia classes to understand the basic theory
(approx. 2h each – required in order to focus on the practice while on site. Please note that if you can’t finish the classes to our satisfaction before arrival we will either ask you to postpone your site work or treat you as a regular Guest instead of an Intern – meaning you can help on the farm as a volunteer but won’t take on any design responsibilities or receive any mentoring time)
- Start deciding which design projects to focus on during your stay
While on site you will:
- be considered a member of the Association (not a client) and as such take on some practical work responsibility & leadership like all other members on site (since this greatly speeds up any action-learning)
- work 5 hours a day on the farm, 5 days a week, learning about farm maintenance (building & repair work, garden care…) in exchange for the discounts on accomodation price + the mentoring for your practical design work that you will receive as an intern
- review & question the theory learned previously against the designs you will get to know on the farm during a period of observation, then start on your own designs
- document, plan & advance your practical design projects with the support of weekly mentoring sessions and daily circles or ‘Think & Listens’ with the group
- & conclude your stay with a design presentation which will count your PDC, iPDC or Diploma design portfolio
Here is a table of prices so you can budget and choose which type of accomodation and options you prefer. Please note we have only 3 rooms so you need to check availability before booking (for now here in our old pages), but tent space is rarely filled up.
For the Internship Programme at 8thLife:
Accommodation type >> Tent Shared Room Own Room
1st month accommodation only 246€ 374€ 498€
1st month with PDC course 441€
(accommodation + mentoring costs**)
Also note there is a 10-15€ admin fee for every extra document you might require (for example paperwork for Erasmus+) – not counting the PDC Certificate (if you complete the course + 2 designs as directed) which is included in course price.
* There is a 10% discount only if you pay in full (course and accommodation together), at least 3 weeks before arrival on site (otherwise add discount to cost given)
** You can earn “Permis” (equivalent to Euros) for work done for the project during your stay. These can be then traded for discounts off accommodation prices (eg. paying the lowest accommodation price if accrued more than the minimum of hours of work on the farm in previous months), for other Academy courses or for additional workshops / mentoring during your stay.
have a look at these newsletters:
- Some Design Presentations
- Spring News
- EVS Experiences and Growing Gardens
- Spring Blossoms
- End of First EVS Programme
– these are just some, there are many others,
and they are all organized in our private online design portfolio,
to which you will have access once you enroll
in order to study the different design projects and choose which ones to work on.
We currently have 3 plant nurseries: one for trees, one for seedlings and one for cuttings / bigger plants. Interns interested in this work usually take responsibility for one of them in turn, also contributing to design ideas for improving them if they wish.
As we love nurseries (most of our production is gifted to neighbours and friends at present, and we have exchanged all sorts of stuff for plants in the past) we’re always open to making new or improved ones, like this rather ‘wild design’ one of our students came up with :
The old trial greenhouse and the guinea-pig multifunctional greenhouse design we made for a future larger greenhouse.
It was re-designed in february 2015 & has been through several re-designs already.
We could do with more showers, so there’s scope for much creativity as there are lots of ways they can be designed, … eg. as an integral part of a wood-heated sauna-spar complex that we are fantasizing about from time … 🙂
Just this simple shower can be improved by building a compost-heated winter version & by adding a storage tank for hot water.
Again, we started with the very basic sawdust bucket-system which we still use in parts of the growing project as they work very well, but in 2015 a friend also built us a larger twin chamber composting toilet.
Residential costs depend on which course option you are doing,
whether you stay in a tent or in a single or double room,
and for how long you are staying.
and once you fill the application form we can give you a more specific quote.
Note that we are not a business, but work with a non-profit association,
so all income from guests or courses is a donation to the GaiaTasiri association
& is used only for creating the eco-village project.