Want to intern at Tai Shan?
The prime directive of the Tai Shan Farms internship program is to create a safe place for people to come together to learn, to teach, to have fun, to create, and to experience a different culture while acquiring new life skills.
During your stay you will learn about organic farming, bee keeping, building projects and maintaining farm equipment. We complete tasks for about 5 hours a day, five days a week with 2 days off. We require a minimum of a 2 month stay with priority given to interns looking for long term placement. We're looking for individuals who posses a positive attitude, who are curious about life and works/plays well with others. No experience necessary, we can teach you skills and give you a platform to practice what you've learned in a positive and nurturing environment.
The Tai Shan internship program is an unpaid internship, however we welcome you into our home like family. We provide you with everything you need to live comfortably on the farm during your stay -- from room and shared bath, to any/all food (we are a group of foodie farmers), and a shared intern car!
At our core, we believe in the following principles:
Self Reliance: We encourage the individual to discover, to exercise and to rely on their inner resources. Be a self starter! Ask for direction when you need help but first take the initiative to research answers to problems. Take responsibility for your actions, for your health and for your well being.
Communal Effort: Creative cooperation and collaboration are key to making the farm a great experience for everyone. Be involved in as many aspects of the farm as you feel comfortable with, and maybe even some that are outside your comfort zone.
Leave no Trace: Recycle as much as possible. Reuse where applicable. Clean up after yourself and take the initiative to clean up messes that may not belong to you. Take responsibility for communal and personal property around the farm by treating them as you would your own. Return borrowed items to where you found them. Be mindful of limited resources; conserve water, electricity and food.
Participate: Everyone is invited to participate in all aspects of the farm and business. You’re here to work, play, learn, contribute, teach, live, create, and make the farm a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.
Communication/Kindness/Consideration: Always act with kindness, compassion and consideration for those around you, including yourself. Always remember that everyone is trying their best.
Find your Niche: Pause, observe, grow, experiment, and make mistakes. Find things that make you happy and motivated, then do more of that. Be aware and thoughtful about your practice. Be aware of your surroundings and others in your area.
If this interests you, please send an email to Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Esther (email@example.com), briefly answering the following prompts:
Tell us about yourself!
Why Hawaii and Tai Shan?
What areas of the farm would you like to explore during your internship? (i.e. Are you interested in working with the dragon fruit, tending to the honey/bees, helping with the farmers markets, leading any business developments, etc.)?
What is your preferred start and end date for the internship? Are you flexible with these dates?
We look forward to hearing from you! Mahalo!