In the depths of the Panamanian jungle an American entrepreneur and hundreds of young people are building the "world's most sustainable modern town."
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Kalu Yala is a program offering students the ability to study, work, and live in a sustainable town. The town is located in the Tres Brazos Valley, 50 minutes from Panama City and about 35 minutes from Panama's International Airport by car. The building site is a midterm project, and an “incubator” for the creation of “environmentally and socially responsible communities”. Jimmy Stice is the creator and CEO of Kalu Yala. Though not yet under construction, much of the town has been designed by Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists based in Pasadena, CA. These architects are part of the New Urbanism project. Since Summer 2010, The Kalu Yala Institute has offered students from around the world the opportunity to conduct research projects on “best practices in sustainable living”. Kalu Yala Institute classes include agriculture, biology, business, education and community development, design thinking, farm-to-table culinary arts, health and wellness, and outdoor recreation. As of Fall 2015, The Institute has had people from 48 states, 25 countries and 150 colleges. Tailored programs allow participants to set their own class project and research agendas for their contributions to the sustainable community. In Fall 2017, Kalu Yala was the subject of a Viceland reality television series entitled “Jungletown.” The show depicts a nascent settlement in the jungle where students study, live, and assist in the project development of Kalu Yala. Throughout the show, a number of the interns leave Kalu Yala prematurely citing a range of reasons, including the difficult jungle environment and mental illness. Though several students left during the Jungletown semester, less than 5% of students have left prematurely over the 9+ years of Kalu Yala's operation as an institute.
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