What is an internship at Terra Alta?

Interns join us for the summer season - over which 6/7 courses are taught, there is a flurry of activity and many mouths to feed. Aside from helping with the day-to-day running of the site, interns are offered the opportunity to co-facilitate hands-on sessions, start and manage their own projects, and more.



We believe that teaching and learning processes are interconnected. That is why our internships have a strong focus on facilitation, hosting and engagement with our students. Our interns are given the opportunity to learn and improve these skills, immersed in the everyday workings of a successful Permaculture education centre.

We are looking for interns who have completed their PDC and are looking to grow in the field of Permaculture and cultural regeneration. We are open to the unique skills, interests and superpowers of every intern, and the possible collaborations we can enjoy as we build on the shared story of Terra Alta.

Since 2020 we have a fully functioning (and growing) Arts Centre with a range of musical instruments, building and handcraft tools. We envisage Terra Alta being a centre for creativity and art towards social regeneration, so we are very open to our interns' artistic contributions.

We hope our interns will leave empowered to confidently move forward as permaculture designers, educators, artists and change-makers seeding transformation in their communities.

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We believe in a system of reciprocity, where we offer what we have - knowledge and expertise, both a land-based and online demonstration site, and also food and accommodation, in exchange for highly motivated and skilled people wanting to make a difference with Permaculture. We do not ask interns to pay any fees nor do we provide stipends.

  • Food - you will have access to all our garden vegetables and the staples ingredients we buy (you will take turns cooking with others)

  • Camping - you will be able to camp in our serene cork-oak forest (please bring your own tent and camping equipment)

  • Training for how to become a permaculture field facilitator

  • The opportunity to creatively brainstorm new projects on the land, and make them happen if aligned with Terra Alta's vision

  • Access to an arts centre with musical instruments, building and handcraft tools

  • Access to our online resource platform

  • Access to our offline resources while you're here (we have an extensive Permaculture book library)

  • Access to our extensive network

  • Internet access (limited as we run on solar energy and there are always some cloudy days)



Our internship program is between 3-4 months long, depending on how many courses we are running in the summer. Dates fall between June and October. We expect:

  • Commitment to the full period

  • You will work six hours a day/five days a week (plus cleaning and cooking in rotation shifts)

  • You will be part of our daily cleaning routine - taking turns to keep Terra Alta clean

  • We expect the following values: honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, open-mindedness, authenticity, accountability, and drive

  • While we will guide you on becoming facilitators, you are responsible for making the most out of your journey here by asking questions and being proactive about developing your own self-learning path


  • You have taken a PDC 

  • You speak English fluently

  • You like social engagement and living in a communal setting 

  • You are independent and can take care of yourself

  • You have farming/landscaping/gardening experience and skills for hands-on work

  • You have interest and/or knowledge in at least one of the areas: market gardening, garden management, greenhouse management, field cultivation, irrigation systems, or harvesting

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Please enroll by submitting your form to the enroll now button below. We will answer you in 48 hours.