Design Thinking Instructor

Kalu Yala

You are innovative designer, a comprehensive systems thinker, and a talented educator. You have studied and taught the design-thinking framework, and have the technical skills to rapidly prototype using scrap wood, deflated air mattresses and whatever else you may find laying around. You are creative and resourceful and can solve just about any problem using bamboo and power tools. You’re positive and see problems as opportunities.

You feel comfortable leading 10 university level students for a 10-week semester, teaching them about the design-thinking process in an off-the-grid wilderness environment. Each week there will be 5 hours of traditional education in the form of lecture or seminar based learning. For 15 hours each week, you will facilitate your students as you lead them in your own Kalu Yala based design-thinking project utilizing the experiential learning model. 10 hours are reserved for you to support your students pursuing independent projects that serve the community and build off skills learned in class. You are also responsible for administration and planning of lessons as well as accessing communications and documenting. Though we are in an off-the-grid setting, there is still a need for using technology and communicating with other venues and administration.


  • 3+ years working in a firm in a design role, teaching project management is a plus
  • Degree related to design-thinking, architecture, urban planning, or furniture design
  • Stfrong planner who enjoys organization
  • Group leadership skills
  • Excited to connect to members of the local community
  • Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here:
  • Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in Panama

Preferred Skills:

  • Spanish speaker
  • Wilderness First Responder or other medical training
  • CPR certified
  • Manual vehicle/4x4 experience
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Experience living in community


  • $2,000 per month 
  • Bonus based on performance review
  • Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp
  • 6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly

Why KY: 

Kalu Yala is building towns.  And we’ve started with two Institutes.

Kalu Yala is a place to work, learn, grow, and live with a diverse team of sustainably-minded people working to achieving our common goal of demonstrating a better way to live.  We do this through completion of our individual roles and expressing our individual creativity and unique style. We are a pro-active, professional, and team-first culture. Kalu Yala is not just about goals or technical skills; we represent a new way of thinking about companies, about towns, about the world. We are constantly encouraging our employees to use their varied experience in brainstorming solutions and apply those ideas to our specific setting.  We are constantly seeking employees that are excited to build new relationships and connect with others in Panama.

Due Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on June 29, 2017 - 1:46pm