Construction program in Panama

We seek to build a Montessori school in the town of Chame to provide quality training to 20 children in different shifts. In addition, in this center that we are going to build during 2023, there will also be workshops with women and it will be a space for all activities.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Contribute to the improvement of the community.
  • Learn local construction techniques.
  • Create new places and safe spaces for children and the local population.
  • Live a unique experience feeling proactive and fulfilled.

What is this program about?

There are many people living in Panama who do not have the funds to improve their living conditions. With this project, we are trying to help these people with their housing and to help renovate, improve and build community places and institutions such as schools.

In this project, you will work with the local people of Chame and this will give you a unique insight into the lifestyle and culture of the people of this community. Plus, you’ll join other participants from around the world to work together on these building efforts.

The main construction and renovation activities will consist of painting, wall construction, furniture renovation, gardening, etc. No construction experience required, anyone can join in and help the local people of Chame!

In the program you will be able to be together with other volunteers in the volunteer house helping to carry out the school review school. You want to build a wooden space with 10 desks for 20 seats. It will also be supported with rehabilitations and repairs that the community needs, such as painting activities, home repairs, etc.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 or 5 hours, distributed during the morning or afternoon according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. When the volunteers finish, they go to the project or area where they have to collaborate that day, where they meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day. 

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. They return to the accommodation to eat and, depending on the needs, continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his free time. In the evening, the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

The activities that you will carry out during your volunteering are:

  • Construction of a school.
  • Community maintenance.
  • Furniture renovation.
  • Paint.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Basic Spanish.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you must arrive at is Panama International Airport (PTY), in Panama. The local coordinator will tell you how to get to the accommodation on your own. It is recommended that you arrive on Sundays to join the program on Mondays.

Once you arrive at the program you will stay at the volunteer’s house, located in Chame-Bejuco, it is a very picturesque local community. 

The volunteer’s house has rooms that you will share with other volunteers, you will also share the bathrooms and common areas. The house has Wi-Fi, has bedding for each volunteer and fans.

Dates and method of arrival

The project is open throughout the year.It is advisable to arrive during the weekend, since the project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 1 week to up to 12 weeks.  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution for register for the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the financial contribution as indicated by your coordinator

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

During your free time and weekends, your local coordinator will be able to tell you the wonderful places to visit. Some are:

  • EL VALLE DE ANTÓN

The joy and sympathy of its people, accompanied by the great nature that El Valle de Antón has, makes it unique.

In a weekend or a day, you can visit the different waterfalls, such as El Macho, Chorro Las Mozas, and Salto de Agua. You can also do canopy or bathe in the hot springs. You can also do the routes to climb Cerro Gaital or India Dormida.

You can dedicate each day to some of these activities during your volunteering in Panama.

  • BOCAS DEL TORO

In the archipelago of the Bocas de Toro Islands, it is close to the border of Costa Rica, there you will enjoy a long weekend.

The price of the bus is twenty-seven dollars ($27) each way plus a $2 boat ride that goes from Almirante to Isla Colón.

On the island you can do scuba diving, snorkeling and fun water activities. In addition, you can visit the Ngobe-Buggle indigenous community or see sea turtles and other aquatic animals such as dolphins, depending on the season.  

The hostels have a price of around twelve dollars ($12) a night, in a bed in a shared room. Apart from other islands, Colón is the most touristy and the one with the most nightlife, you will fall in love with its places with piers attached to the Caribbean Sea. Bocas de Toro is a destination that is on the move and you will always find someone to share moments with.

  • SAN BLAS ISLANDS 

This archipelago has 365 islands, located northeast of Panama. Its Islands, some inhabited and others tourist, have the charm of the typical Caribbean island paradise, wooden cabins between white sand and coconut trees.  

In order to go to San Blas, it is recommended to contact companies that carry out this type of excursion. The distance from Panama is 2.5 hours (one way) The cost is between $170.

  • SANTA CATALINA

Preferred destination for the most alternative, here you will find European and American residents who have hostels or businesses offering diving courses. The hostels are around fifteen dollars ($15) a night. The distance from Panama is 5 hours (one way), the journey costs approximately 18 dollars.

There you can hire a day trip to Coiba Island for approximately seventy dollars ($70). This excursion includes lunch, snorkeling in three Pacific islands and a trekking excursion through the Isla Coiba natural park.  

In Santa Catalina you can also hire your surf class or have fun with the local people living in this beach area.