Research & Internships
Intern and Student Opportunities
There is a lot to offer in the jungle, the experiences are vast and Mother Nature is our greatest teacher. Come live and work at Earth Connection Center to explore your ingenious self, use your skills and gain ones you never knew you had!
This is an intense learning environment and we are offering a unique experience that will change how you live and work in this precious world. We work with the landscape and with the rhythm of the planet.
Earth Connection is a beautiful place to work, take your break in the beautiful blue Cenote, explore the jungle and Mayan ruins.
Please know that we work hard here!
We will accommodate up to 6 people doing research on Biodiversity, Restoration Ecology and Regenerative Agriculture.
As we restore the Tropical Dry Forest here an amazing diversity of wildlife is returning and this offers many opportunities for research.
-Here is an example from 2 recent Environmental Engineering students from Mexico:
-Here are the areas of research that we are focusing on:
In this remote location, you will have experience with:
Plant propagating techniques for food and ecological restoration
Tropical Forest, Over 600 plant species,
Herbal, medicinal plants and wild foods
Soil building, composting and biochar
Natural fertilizers and pest control
Eco-construction and building materials
Solar and wind energy
Rainwater collection, storage and water management
Learn some local Mexican recipes!
Cacao to chocolate!
We work with our students and adapt our training to suit their abilities and interests. What we call teaching you into your wisdom. This will involve stretching your comfort zones and safely having you lean in.
Nature of stay Length of stay - Months 1 and 2 Month 3+
Internship (3 months min) $925 per month $875 per month
Volunteer $975 per month $925 per month
A bed in a shared bedroom with access to a bathroom and separate shower room
Three varied meals each day. Family-style vegetarian meals.
Collection and return from the bus terminal in Merida to the accommodation, or the nearest town if you’re travelling to a field-site, at the start and end of your stay
Unlimited tea/coffee and diluting juice
Assistance with project development and execution
Access to all necessary scientific and educational equipment for use in your project
Tuition payments MUST be paid PRIOR to arrival and may be done
through Paypal with the donation button on the website or etransfer to
Also included in your stay:
Your food: We eat a mostly vegetarian diet. We have egg-laying chickens, catch fish from our aquaculture tanks, and occasionally eat locally sourced meat.
Orientation and basic tour
An international community of talented, passionate people to connect with.
Activities, events, and more as they’re available (we love to learn, connect, and play)
Internet access throughout the day.
A chance to get involved and learn at your own pace. We're always happy to share about the farm, cooking with exotic foods, how to ferment and make medicine.
We ask for your help with community kitchen cleanup after meals a few times each week.
A whole lot of jungle and cenote to play in and explore.
Fresh sheets weekly. You can either hand-wash your clothes or pay for laundry service
Our community shared solar-heated fresh-water showers. Please bring only biodegradable products for bathing, as our water is recycled back into the Earth. At Earth Connection Center we keep our showers as brief as possible (and turn the water off while soaping up) to conserve our precious supply of water. Showering with a friend is another favourite eco-friendly, water-saving technique ;) <photo>
SOLAR and WIND CHARGING
Our main community house is equipped with electrical outlets where you can charge your devices. Please be mindful and charge when the sun is out. <photo>
FARM-FRESH ORGANIC MEALS
The food at Earth Connection Center is delicious. We prepare 3 community meals each day, packed with nutrient-rich fruits, roots, greens, and herbs. Learn more about our kitchen and our food <photo>
Our shared dry toilet is located near the guest housing and is cleaned and maintained daily by our staff. Composting toilets are an amazing way to practice a closed-loop balanced eco-friendly lifestyle. Learn more about how we make Humanure here. <photo>
At Earth Connection Center we like to “disconnect to reconnect” - unplugging from our phones and social media as much as possible to deepen our presence and in-person relationships. That being said, we still like to make contact with the outside world from time to time, and we offer WiFi to our guests in the main community house during the breaks at breakfast, lunch and after dinner. <photo of someone on computer>
There are many nooks around Earth Connection Center to enjoy your meals or an afternoon tea… one of our favourites is by the cenote.
<kitchen> <bake oven/rocket stove>
As our guest, you are part of our Earth Connection family, and we encourage you to enjoy all of our shared spaces throughout our home.
We have a Sacred fire pit created by a local shaman
Water ponds for wildlife
Cenote with clear blue water for swimming and diving
Students at Earth Connection enjoy the gift of living close to the land, working with a skilled and lifelong learning team. We are open to your creativity as well as having you work with us in our ever-evolving vision as we further cultivate Earth Connection into a world-class education center, eco-reserve, botanical garden, food forest, permaculture farm and eco-lodge.
You will enjoy seeing the fruits of your labour, the serene and sometimes intense ecosystem, cenote Tsunul, jungle living, close to the elements and connecting with your internal rhythm. You can swim, snorkel, hike in the jungle or into the local Mayan villages.
COVID protocols for Earth Connection Center
We have a minimum of 3 month stay.
For the first 2 weeks, you will need to be in quarantine and we will bring food to you. You are allowed to explore the reserve during that time and we suggest you use this time to plan your research. We suggest downloading papers to read prior to arrival. We will work with you during this period to help you design your research project in coordination with your supervisor.
After the two weeks, you will be invited into common areas and you will focus on your field research.
We ask people to keep up with hygiene protocols and if any sign of sickness that you report it and isolate yourself.
For weekly trips into Merida or other sites, we will wear a mask and practice good hygiene.
We trust that everyone will look after each other to keep us all healthy.
There will be weekly talks on relevant subjects and everyone will be asked to contribute and give updates on their findings.
Any data collected will need to be uploaded to the server for storage.
It is important that we get a copy of your research paper when completed. We are very interested in your results and it will help further the research program of future students.
The weather is ever-changing and can range from hot sunny days to very rainy and humid. Bugs also vary from mild or none at all.
At Earth Connection we are dedicated to the principles of Slow Food, field to the plate, creative cuisine that is nutritious, filled with love and as sustainably raised, grown and collected as possible.
Our food is primarily vegetarian. We explore raw, vegan and various ethnic cuisines as well as our own style of Mexican cooking…
Expect to participate with at least 2 meals per day, planning, preparing, cooking and cleaning. This duty will be shared with other people and occasionally you will be putting more hours in to support larger groups and workshops. We love to have our international students cook meals from their countries to share!
Students enjoy the family-style atmosphere here, sharing tasks, meals and recipes!
Grounds & Housekeeping:
At Earth Connection we are dedicated to providing a living experience that is close to the land, connecting our inner rhythms with that of Mother Nature. Our infrastructure is being built from native hardwoods, bamboo, soil and limestone and other found and cultivated materials. Living in the jungle is never static and we are daily trying to improve the infrastructure through cleaning, constructing, deconstructing, repurposing and reconfiguring our living and workspace.
Thanks so much and we look forward to hearing from you!!!
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN TOWEL, Gloves, clothing, footwear for the jungle and many thorns.
(top, bottom and pillowcase, recommended dark colours)
You are welcome to donate them at the end of your stay if you do not wish to continue to travel with them. What we do not use or offer to other students will go to local charities.
DO NOT bring any bug spray, sunscreen, soap, shampoo, or conditioner that is not biodegradable!!!
If you smoke tobacco, bring only rolling tobacco, please avoid bringing cigarettes with filters!!
Be warned that the tropical jungle is not the kindest environment for material possessions. We recommend not bringing anything you are really attached to (clothes, jewelry, books, etc.) as things might get wet/mouldy/stained / really smelly (even things such as books).
Leather will especially be damaged.
Contact us if you have any questions about what to bring and know that Merida, which we go for supplies weekly, is a colonial but modern city with malls, Walmart, Costco... and you can find almost anything you need there.
Q: Can I visit you? Visitor Info?
See our Ecotours that support the center financially and you learn something also!
Visitors are welcome but need to follow COVID protocols and may not use common facilities.
Please contact us beforehand as we need to unlock the gate to let you in.
Donations of Money or Items are very appreciated and help us run these needed programs! Thank you for your Generosity!
Q: How do I get to Earth Connection?
People are welcome to find their way to the center. You can catch the local bus to Molas one block south of the Mercado de San Benito/Market in Merida. Look for Earth Connection Center on Google map or use the link below:
GPS Coordinates 20.960613 -89.621648 or 20°57′38.21″N 89°37′17.93″W
In Molas, the motor taxis will take you to the center. Ask to be taken to Tsunul / cenote in local Mayan or show them the google map.
You will need to confirm when you will arrive as we need to unlock the gate.
Please confirm your travel plans quickly as we can only host a few students at a time and there are many international and local students applying that we have to turn away.