Kalu Yala is a sustainable city being built outside of Panama City right in the middle of the Panamanian jungle. The building site, which is located in the Tres Brazos Valley, is a model environmentally sustainable community, designed to be a teaching tool for the world on how to live smarter and more consciously. Kalu Yala Internships is a growing program that started in 2010, and brings students and young professionals from around the world to Panama to set their own course of work that they believe will contribute to the creation of the world’s highest quality of living. I plan to participate in the public health domain, and create a project and conduct independent research that will bring improvements and new ideas about health to the region. I also plan to bring health knowledge, and thus empowerment, to the rural communities surrounding Kalu Yala. The region is plagued by the same health concerns common in poor areas in the United States, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The additional issue of water borne illnesses presents a major problem that is afflicting much of the rest of the world and needs to be solved during our generation. I am extremely excited to be a part of such an influential opportunity and hope to improve the way the world lives and functions. I plan to research the water quality and develop/implement solutions to provide potable water to the neighboring population of San Miguel. Any experience acquired during a Kalu Yala internship will be integral for the realization of my goal to someday work with Doctors without borders and provide healthcare to developing countries. Feel free to hit the donate button and help fund my research, any amount will help out tremendously! If I can get 100 people to donate $50 or 50 people to donate $100 I would reach my goal very quickly! However, any amount would be invaluable to me! Your money would go towards housing, meal plan, project supplies, laundry facilities, internet, and air transportation. I plan to keep a blog with pictures of the beautiful lush rainforest, a summary of my research and outcomes, and a souvenir to any donors! Wouldn't you like to change the world for the better? It all starts with us!