VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA
Volunteering in Panama City is meeting cultures from all over the world. It is a country known as a melting pot. Located in Central America. Separated by two seas and a channel that at the same time unites cultures, traditions and wonderful landscapes.
Being part of the volunteer program in Panama City, you can find different provinces, overlooking beaches with clear waters where you can appreciate the diversity that the country has.
Our biggest bet with the volunteer program in Panama City in this country is teaching. School absenteeism is high. Any small support that is made in this area, will serve for the development of skills and knowledge of the populations with whom we collaborate.
PROGRAMS IN PANAMA
The purpose of this program is to enable the volunteer to help children of different academic levels improve school performance and foster integration in children's schools.
The Pacific Sea Turtle Conservation Program seeks to improve and reduce the negative impact created by the lack of awareness in caring for these marine species and the environment. Amazing!
The Teaching and Reinforcement Program in Veracruz-Panama is open all year round.
In the schools they are only available during the school year. Usually starts in March until mid-December)
Volunteers can choose to participate from 2 to 12 weeks. If you require a longer stay, please let us know in advance, but they are always subject to availability and as long as you can be in the country.
Regularly the volunteer works between 3 to 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday. In the case that activities are carried out or programmed outside these hours, the volunteer is asked for support in advance.
Between June and February you can be part of the:
- Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program
Depending on the volunteer programme chosen, the location of the accommodation varies. The different accommodation options are as follows:
- Volunteer houses or hostel
- Houses in the areas of the chosen project.
Volunteers who participate in the volunteer programs teaching and school reinforcement in Panama are housed in the houses or hostel intended for volunteers. For both types of accommodation and beds as the place are comfortable and cozy.
For all volunteers collaborating in the turtle conservation and environmental program, they stay in the houses that are located in the area where the project is developed.
If you choose the sea turtle program, you spend the night in Panama City. As they usually arrive in the afternoon, you sleep in the city and the next day our local team has everything organized (transportation and lodging) to take you to the project.
What does accommodation include?
- Bed, in a room shared with other volunteers of the same gender.
- The 3 daily meals
- Use of common areas
- Laundry use near the village low cost. In some accommodation you have areas for hand washing.
Meals are typical of the country. If you are vegetarian the meals are adapted as much as possible.
All individuals, groups of friends, students or families who want to be part of a volunteer program with Adventure Volunteer in Panama, must be of legal age.
- You must be a committed person, as you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment.
- Willingness and ability to work in a team. It is important, as you will work with other volunteers and people from different cultures.
- Be empathetic. In your volunteering you meet people with limited resources, different lifestyles and different work rhythms.
- As a volunteer you must be flexible.
The cost of the volunteer programs in Panama are from 585€ the first two weeks. As a volunteer you must bear in mind that you are working in programs that need continuity and daily support, so it is requested that you participate for a minimum of 2 weeks. If you want to participate in additional weeks, each week has a cost of 160€.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Airport pick-up
- Meals during your volunteering
- Orientation and induction to the program and project
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Certificate of Volunteerism
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Medical Insurance
- Internal transport
- Return to the airport
- Beverages or special meals
- Trips inside or outside the country
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
You will be received by a local coordinator. This will transfer you to the volunteer’s home. Those who attend the sea turtle project will be taken to the beach where the program is developed.
You will have a day of orientation where we will mention the basic rules of the house of the volunteer, its location and environment, also we will explain you about the program that you have chosen.
You will have a room shared with other volunteers, you will have at your disposal internet, WIFI, washing machine and kitchen for common use, in addition to the three (3) meals a day, which does not include drinks. In the sea turtle project house you do not have internet and other services due to the location of the project.
CHAME AND SURROUNDINGS
Chame is a district within the divisions of the province of West Panama.
The need for development cooperation in different communities and programs in the area, the safety of the volunteer and the proximity of the sea and nature without making long journeys were factors that Adventure Volunteer identified to locate us in Chame.
Near Chame you will find the long Pacific beaches such as San Carlos, Punta Chame or Playa Blanca, as well as trekking and walks through the high areas of Chicá or Valle de Antón, visit the waterfall of Las Lajas or the Cajones de Chame.
Throughout the year Panama has a tropical climate. Between May and November is the wet season, so it rains almost every day for a while, sometimes in the morning and another in the afternoon. Between December and April is the dry season where the sun rises every day and at all times, is also where there are more risks of droughts and fires, but despite the climate that you can find a Volunteer in Panama – Central America is a unique experience for its cultural diversity.
Panama’s local currency is the Balboa. In your volunteer trip you will use both Balboas and Dollars, which have exactly the same value. If you don’t have dollars in your country of origin, you can change them before coming to your bank or take them out in Panama by credit/debit card.
To reach your destination, you must take a plane to Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY), Flights range between 450 and 700 Euros if you travel from Europe, the most affordable companies are KLM, LUFTHANSA, IBERIA, the best deals can be found at https://www.google.es/flights/.
BOCAS DEL TORO
In the archipelago of Bocas de Toro Islands, near the border of Costa Rica, you will enjoy a long weekend, the price of the bus is twenty-seven dollars ($ 27) per trip plus 2 $ of boat that goes from Almirante to Isla Colon. The distance from Panama is 10 hours (one way) by bus. On the island you can do scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and fun water activities. You can also visit the indigenous community ngobe-buggle or see sea turtles and other aquatic animals such as dolphins depending on the season.
The hostels cost about twelve dollars (12$), the bed in a shared room. Apart from other islands, Colón is the most touristic and the one with the most nightlife, you will fall in love with its premises with wharfs close to the Caribbean Sea. Bocas de Toro is a lively destination and you will always find someone to share moments with.
This archipelago has 365 islands near the country of Colombia, in the region Guna Yala northeast of Panama, its islands, some inhabited and other tourist have the charm of the typical island paradise of the Caribbean, cabins of 2, wood between white sand and coconut palms. To be able to go to San Blas it is recommended to contact with companies that carry out this type of excursions. The distance from Panama is 2.5 hours (one way) The cost is between 160.
Preferred destination for the more alternative, here you will find European and American residents who have Hostel or business diving courses, the hostels are around fifteen dollars (15$). The distance from Panama is 5 hours (Ida only), the trip leaves approximately in 18 dollars. There you can hire a day trip to Coiba Island for about seventy dollars (70$). This excursion includes lunch, snorkeling on three Pacific islands and a trekking excursion through the Coiba Island natural park. In Santa Catalina you can also hire your surf class or have fun with the local people living in this beach area.
PORTOBELO AND BIG ISLAND
Destination to spend a weekend in the Caribbean more local but also cheaper, you can visit portobelo, a mandatory stop to see the forts of the time of the conquest, you can sleep in Portobelo one night and another in Isla Grande, or directly go to Isla Grande and stay in Makondo hostel for ten dollars ($10) the approximate night with breakfast included, you can also visit Isla Mamei, perfect for diving.
You’ll love walking around Panama City. From the town of Chame you can go to Panama for $2.5. We recommend the hostel we know, $15 where you will enjoy an alternative and fun atmosphere with air and swimming pool. In the city you can visit the canal, go shopping on the famous Sal Street if you can. You can also enjoy the fun nights in the Old Town.
Our biggest bet in this country is education, the country has very low rates and there is a lot of school absenteeism, any small support that is made in this matter, will serve so that in the future, the supported child has a broader vision towards his future.
- From the moment you fill in the registration form for a program in Valencia (Spain) we will keep your place for 7 days.
- To confirm your place definitively, you must pay a deposit of 150 € within 7 days, once the deposit is paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the family Adventure Volunteer.
- As soon as you pay the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is secure. After that, you will receive another email with more additional information on the website, to explain absolutely everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly. The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.