Volunteer in Panama

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN PANAMA

Panama is a country where you can encounter the wild nature, meet the Caribbean culture and all whine in a country that is considered the safest in Latin America. By volunteering in Panama in 2024, you will discover a country that you could never have imagined.

If this is your first experience of volunteering abroad, volunteer in Panama is the ideal destination because of its safety, scenery, culture and charismatic people.

It was the first country where Adventure Volunteer started social and environmental work, and today it remains one of the most popular destinations for international volunteers.


SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

In this volunteer programs in Panama you will be able to collaborate in reducing the negative impact created by the lack of awareness in the care and protection of sea turtles and the environment in our coastal communities.

In order to execute and implement activities aimed at protecting, maintaining and promoting the growth of aquatic biodiversity, the turtle conservation volunteer programme was created in Panama. In this sense, it seeks to raise awareness among the population near the beaches about the conservation and protection of endangered species.

According to the existing and priority needs of the turtle conservation volunteer programme in Panama, you will carry out activities such as:

  • Preparation of the sand for the creation of the nurseries.
  • Night work such as: Patrols on the beach where turtles nest.
  • Protection of the female turtles. When patrols are carried out and you see a turtle arriving on the beach, the patrolling group must wait without making as little noise as possible for the turtle to begin the process of laying its eggs and then proceed to take measurements, identify the type of turtle species and relocate the eggs to the hatchery.
  • Both volunteers and local staff must monitor and care for the nests in the hatchery.
  • In case of hatching, the hatchlings are released on the beach.
  • During the day, all volunteers and local staff carry out activities and maintenance tasks on the beach, in the village and in the area where the project takes place.
  • Talks in the schools and in the village about environmental care and the importance of turtles.
  • Support classes in the village school. If you indicate your interest.

The programme is open from May-June to January, due to turtle arrivals and migrations. We collaborate from Monday to Friday about 5 or 6 hours approximately, these hours are divided between morning and evening.

It is advisable to arrive during the weekend.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: In good physical condition
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No specific equipment is required, but a red light torch and dark clothing are recommended

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSTURTLES IN PUNTA CHAME (WITHOUT MEALS)TURTLES IN PACIFIC VERAGUA (MEALS)
1$245$350
2$490$700
3$588$735
4$784$980
Extra Week$196$245

These costs are delivered to the local organization so they indicate (PayPal or delivery on arrival)

  • The turtle programs in 2024 can be in Punta Chame or in the southwest area of ​​Panama.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • Tortugas Punta Chame are not included and 3 meals are included from Monday to Sunday at Tortugas Veraguas Pacífico.

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • No airport pickup, but a guide and follow-up on how to get there.
  • Internal transportation to veraguas or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

This program in the volunteering in Panama seeks to preserve the indigenous culture, conserving their customs and at the same time generating support for women, girls and boys in the community to have more opportunities through teaching, workshops, talks and activities.

In the indigenous communities programme you will be able to live with families and live in a traditional way. The Emberá, which is the community we work with, are distributed in various parts of the country, mainly located on the banks of the Chagres River, and live in tambo houses due to the location and level of the river. There you will help with the school and school revision with the children of the families, from Monday to Friday. You will also help with traditional family chores.

You can join this project on any Saturday and Sunday from March when the schools open until mid-December, when the school term ends.

The maximum number of volunteers allowed is 2, and you can participate from 1 week. The timetable is divided into mornings and afternoons, collaborating for approximately 4 or 5 hours.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: In good physical condition
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Sex Offences Certificate
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No specific equipment required

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSINDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
1
2
3$567
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • The indigenous community program in Chagres.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Sunday.

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

The main objective of the volunteer programme in Panama with women in Panama is to provide women with work tools and strengthen their roots, so that they can access job opportunities and enrich themselves on a personal level.

Many of these women live in vulnerable and socially at-risk populations. As a volunteer you contribute and support these women in creating an environment conducive to change and sustainable human growth. The result is a work of inclusion through the different workshops and the development of new skills.

Among the objectives of this programme are the following points:

  • To give emotional and formative support to women at risk or in a situation of social exclusion for the development of their personal autonomy and the improvement of their social inclusion.
  • To promote self-esteem, self-knowledge, confidence and other personal aspects such as communication skills and personal development of women.
  • To avoid the entry or chronification of the situation of social exclusion through comprehensive intervention with women and their children, as well as by accompanying these families in the process of overcoming the risk factors/social exclusion in which they find themselves.
  • To improve the employability of women as an indispensable element for their social and labour insertion through individual sessions of orientation and labour training, as well as pre-employment workshops in different areas.

You can come to this project any Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. The women meet twice a week, the rest of the days you will be able to give support in teaching and school reinforcement.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Minimum time 4 weeks
  • Certificate of crimes of a sexual nature
  • Copy of resume required: Yes
  • Required qualification: Be proactive and propose workshops with women
  • Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parents or guardians
  • No specific equipment required

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSWORKSHOPS WITH WOMEN
1_
2
3
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME

We are looking to build a Montessori school in the village of Chame to provide quality education for 20 children in different shifts. In addition, in this centre that we are going to build during 2023, we will also hold workshops with women and it will be a space for all activities.

In the programme you will be able to be together with other volunteers in the volunteer house helping to realise the remedial school. We want to build a wooden space with 10 desks for 20 places. You will also support with rehabilitation and repairs that the community needs, such as painting activities, house repairs, etc.

You will be able to come to this project on any Saturday from April 2024, with approximately 4 to 5 hours of work in the mornings or afternoons.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: None
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No specific equipment required

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSCONSTRUCTION
1
2$378
3$567
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Materials outside of what is supplied.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Materials
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.



EDUCATION AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

In the teaching and school revision at home, the volunteer can accompany and transmit their knowledge to children of different academic levels to reinforce and improve their school performance, as well as guide them in the study process where most of the children have difficulties in general knowledge of subjects such as mathematics, Spanish, English, among others. Since the economies at home do not allow them to have access to an adequate education.

The financial contribution to volunteer in Panama is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSINTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING
1
2$378
3$567
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.


SCHOOL REINFORCEMENT IN PANAMA

This programme was the first one where the association started to collaborate in 2015, cooperating in the schools of Panama you will find smiles, hugs, friends and hundreds of inexplicable experiences. You will also be able to focus on special education for people with children in need of improvement.

In the programme you can be together with other volunteers doing basic education, we are collaborating in 2 public schools and you can have your own classroom together with the teacher. Depending on your profile when you talk to the coordinator there is also the possibility to teach at home or in the school. These are different projects, so you will have to decide together with the coordinator in the video call where it is best to participate.

You can come to this project on any Saturday and Sunday throughout the year for school revision at home and if it is in school from March to December.

We collaborate from Monday to Friday from 4 to 5 hours approximately depending on the needs.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Criminal record required: Yes
  • Qualifications required: Knowledge of Spanish and basic education.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No specific equipment required

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSSCHOOL REVIEW, DEVELOPMENT OR SPORTSSPECIAL NEEDS
1_
2$378_
3$567$567
4$756$756
Extra Week$190$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

TEACHING PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN WITH FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY

The teaching and reinforcement programme for children with intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum in schools, seeks to demonstrate a better integration and education, promoting participation and learning values such as solidarity, through spaces of effective participation in the community.

The volunteer will carry out activities of the following type:

  • Supporting pupils during school hours in public schools.
  • Designing and developing complementary training activities for children with functional diversity.
  • Organisation of workshops, e.g. storytelling, reading and writing days, sports, painting to see emotions, recycling, etc.
  • Personalised attention at home for children who present more difficulties in learning and require more personalised accompaniment.

It is important that all volunteers bring a proposal for an activity or workshop. This proposal can be related to your profession, your talents, hobbit, sewing, art, yoga, vegetable garden, recycling, self-knowledge and early stimulation.

The programme is open all year round, except from December to mid-March due to school holidays. The timetable is from Monday to Friday, with 4 or 5 hours of work in the mornings or afternoons according to needs. The minimum stay is 3 weeks.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Criminal record required: Yes
  • Qualifications required: Knowledge of Spanish and basic education.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No specific equipment required

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSSPECIAL NEEDS
1_
2_
3$567
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

SOCIAL MEDIA PROGRAMME

We need volunteers with knowledge in design, photography, programming and WordPress to support social projects.

In this project, the volunteer will have to relay the life of the volunteer, help in the visibility of the project and collaborate in the management of communication and visibility. To do so, he/she will carry out activities such as:

  • Design, WordPress, social media and content for your website.
  • Writing, editing and publishing content.
  • Create, edit and publish digital videos.
  • Help organise and promote parties and social events held by the organisation.
  • Maintain and update social media.
  • Take, edit and deliver amazing photos.

The programme is closed from July to August, the rest of the year it is open. Please ask for availability. We collaborate from Monday to Friday for 4 or 5 hours, divided into mornings or afternoons according to needs.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Criminal record required: No
  • CV required: Yes
  • 4 week minimum
  • Qualifications required: Computer and photographic skills
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSCOMMUNICATION, PHOTOGRAPHY
1_
2
3
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

SPORT, LEISURE AND NUTRITION PROGRAMME

Sport has the capacity to change lives. Not only does it promote a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness, but it helps young people to gain self-confidence and self-fulfilment.

As a volunteer you will create simple, dynamic and attractive games to promote the health and education of the children.

You will do activities such as:

  • Teaching and learning adapted sport.
  • Support for the teacher in physical education classes.
  • Support in specific sporting events.
  • Support in the tasks of control and preparation of sports equipment.

Open all year round, except from December to mid-March. Arrive Friday, Saturday or Sunday, to join us on Monday. Your timetable will be from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. according to the school term from Monday to Friday.

Your exact timetable will depend on the daily activities and requirements of the school.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Criminal record required: Yes
  • Qualifications required: Knowledge of Spanish and basic education.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSSPORTS
1
2$378
3$567
4$756
Extra Week$190

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

Hear what it will be like to volunteer in Panama


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA?

Individuals, groups of friends, students or families who want to be part of a volunteer programme with Adventure Volunteer in Panama must:

  • Be committed people, as you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment.
  • Be willing and able to work in a team. This is important, as you will be working with other volunteers and people from different cultures.
  • Be empathetic (respect for other cultures or ways of life).
  • Be flexible and adaptable.
  • Be of good behaviour.
  • Be of legal age.

In each volunteer project in Panama, you can consult the specific requirements that are requested.


WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

The volunteer projects in Panama take place throughout the country of Panama, which lies between Colombia and Costa Rica.

  • To collaborate in the indigenous community you will live in the area of Chagres.
  • To collaborate in the social, women’s, teaching and construction programmes, you will stay in Chame, a village 1:30h away from the capital of Panama, very quiet with beaches nearby, you will love it.
  • For the turtle programme you have the option of staying in Punta Chame, 1:30h from the capital of Panama, a very quiet and beautiful area where you will live very close to the beach, or in the southwest of Panama, it is 7 hours from the city, so for this programme you will have to spend the night in Panama City the day you arrive.

WHEN TO VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA PROGRAM?

  • Programmes in Chame are open all year round, except for the school teaching programme which is closed from December to mid-March for school holidays.
  • Sea turtles from about May to the last week of January.
  • Indigenous communities are open all year round, except December to mid-March.

You must arrive between Friday afternoon and Sunday.

For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English or Spanish.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATIONS IN PANAMA

Accommodation depends on the type of volunteering you are going to do.

  • Teaching, school reinforcement, sports, women’s program, construction, special needs support, communication and photography, and reinforcement in community houses: Lodging is in the volunteer’s house in Chame.
  • School reinforcement with children from indigenous communities: Family house in the Chagres Zone.
  • Turtle program in southwestern Panama, volunteer house with shared rooms.
  • Turtle program in Punta Chame, volunteer house with shared rooms and the beach within walking distance.
  • Wildlife conservation program, volunteers stay in a hostel with shared rooms with other volunteers and common areas.

They live in houses or sometimes also in hostels for volunteers.

Volunteer accommodation in Chame

What does the accommodation offer in the volunteer programs in Panama?

  • Beds, in a room shared with other volunteers.
  • Use of common areas.
  • 3 meals from Monday to Friday half day, in the social projects in Chame, during your stay as a volunteer.
  • 3 meals from Monday to Sunday in the turtle program in Southwest Panama, Tortugas Punta Chame does not include meals.
  • 3 meals Monday to Saturday, and Sunday breakfast only in indigenous communities and Veraguas turtle.
  • WIFI connection in Chame (internet) in the sea turtle project and children of indigenous communities, the WIFI signal does not reach.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

When you arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which is 24 km from the center of Panama City, you can be met by a logistic cab (low cost). The organization will leave you an explanatory document so that you can arrive step by step directly to the main volunteer house where the local coordinator will meet you at the time you decide to arrive.

Depending on the time of arrival at the project, you will be given an orientation of the house, project and activities to be carried out. At that time the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the norms, rules and procedures to follow during your volunteering.

Two types of arrival at Chame

  • Optional guided arrival option: 12 $ approximately: Take the subway from the airport to Albrook (bus station) and then take the bus to Chame.
  • Fast option: 120$ approximately, direct cab to Chame.

Important facts to keep in mind when arriving in Panama:

  • When passing through immigration controls, if you do not find the person who will be waiting for you (if you have contracted a pick-up), do not move from the airport. Remember that you can contact the numbers provided for inquiries.
  • If you do not have local currency (money), you can withdraw it at ATMs or go to the exchange office at the airport.
  • If you want to have data (internet) to be connected at all times, the coordinator will guide you where the best options are, since at the airport it costs three times as much as anywhere else in the city.

VISA IN PANAMA

To enter the country, you will need a passport valid for at least 180 days, with this you will get the visa on arrive (stamp in the passport).

Spaniards are not required to have a visa for a maximum stay of 180 days, but you do need the following documentation:

  • Valid passport.
  • Ticket to leave the country.

SECURITY IN PANAMA


Panama is considered a safe country in Central America. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world, it is necessary to take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones and areas of the city.

Generally the whole country is very safe, but we still recommend you to keep these details in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion, so that he/she can warn you about the places.
  • Keep your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying handy in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers for safety reasons.
  • Do not bring anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use safe transportation services in the country or services such as Uber or cabs.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never take someone you do not know in an unfamiliar vehicle or in your own vehicle.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The 1st fee will be for registration and you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, it will be €245
  2. The remaining share of the cost (in dollars) of the program will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf and part of it will also be delivered directly to the project.
WEEKSSCHOOL REVIEW, DEVELOPMENT OR SPORTSSPECIAL NEEDSCONSTRUCTIONINDIGENOUS COMMUNITIESCOMMUNICATION, PHOTOGRAPHY OR WORKSHOPS WITH WOMENTURTLES IN PUNTA CHAME (WITHOUT MEALS)TURTLES IN PACIFIC VERAGUA (MEALS)
1__$245$350
2$378_$378$490$700
3$567$567$567$567$588$735
4$756$756$756$756$756$784$980
ADDITIONAL WEEK$190$190$190$190$190$196$245

These costs are delivered to the local organization

  • Social, construction and communication programs will be located in Chame.
  • The indigenous community program in Chagres.
  • The turtle programs in 2024 can be in Punta Chame or in the southwest area of ​​Panama.

WHAT IS OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Help in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your social volunteering only from Monday to Friday at noon, Indigenous communities project from Monday to Friday. Punta Chame turtles are not included and are included in Veraguas Pacífico turtles.

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

  • Flight to Panama Tocumen Airport arrivals Saturday.
  • Airport pickup without guide and arrival follow-up.
  • Internal transportation or excursions including transportation to go to the project.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Drinks, bottled water, diets or special foods.

Information provided by the local organization so that the visitor of this website who wants to travel to a volunteer in Panama takes into account the following aspects.

Important note: for all projects you will need a criminal record certificate, in the case of collaborating with children also a certificate of sexual offenses that you will hand in upon arrival at the local organization.

All programs have an arrival date

Day and time of arrival at the house – day and time of departure from the house, airports – taxis – subways – buses

  • You will only enter the volunteer’s house from Saturday at 3:00 p.m. If you arrive earlier, you must wait until the check-in time, in case you arrive after 10 pm due to flight issues, you must wait until the next day to join.
  • The departure from the house must be given before 12:00 noon, since we receive more volunteers and we need to have the rooms ready.
  • If your flight is delayed one or two days, all claims must be made to your insurance company. The organization does the induction on Monday, which is our first day.
  • If your flight arrives very late, you must stay in a hotel or hostel and go to the volunteer’s house the next day.
  • Due to the rest of the local staff, we will not be able to give you arrival advice before 7:00 am or after 9:00 pm, we consider the time differences between the countries where our volunteers come from.
  • A guide is provided on how to get to the volunteer’s house by the different means of transportation currently in Panama. You should also verify if there has been any change, this is the information that we currently handle.
  • As we are not volunteering in a group, we do not contact volunteers who are about to arrive, considering the privacy of the contact information provided by the volunteer.

Money

  • If in your agreement or in the information provided to you prior to your trip, it indicates that you must make the contribution in cash at the destination, it will be at the time of arrival at the volunteer home.
  • If you make the contribution by PayPal you will have to assume the commission that varies according to the amount, which can be from 3.4%
  • It is not accepted to receive money from parents, you must come with enough money or debit cards for your entire stay.
  • Transportation to go to schools, homes or activities scheduled during your volunteering are not included, so you must cover them yourself. The cost of a bus route is usually .50 cents.
  • Your contribution to the local organization is a donation to the program that is divided into many concepts: the percentages vary according to the needs, do annual projects, grant scholarships to children of the town to the university, generate events with the community staff, buy food products cleaning etc, cover the expenses of the person who helps us with cleaning, cooking meals, internet expenses, electricity, water, gas, garbage, taxes, agencies, repairs and maintenance of the volunteer’s house and the spaces where we give our classes. In addition to developing activities and supporting families and schools with which we collaborate and work hand in hand.
  • Do not have a lot of money in cash, since many people can enter projects or houses. We recommend having it on top or locked up. Almost everything can be paid by card.

House’s rules 

  • Breakfast hours at the volunteer’s house where meals are provided is Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch hours Monday to Friday (only lunch is provided on Fridays) from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (can be brought forward or delayed a bit)
  • Dinner hours Monday to Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (can be brought forward or delayed a bit)
  • There is a space (laundry) that you can use to wash by hand. If you require laundry with dryer in Coronado there are laundries. (in the house it is only for sheets and Staff).
  • Night hours of silence and lights. lights from 10:00 pm
  • If you go out to a party and arrive from Sunday to Thursday after 12:00 and there are colleagues sleeping, you must respect the space of the other colleagues or notify them in advance so that the door can be opened for you.
  • The mattresses, the beds are simple, which are regularly used in Panamanian houses.
  • There is no air conditioning and many days are hot. Fans are placed in the rooms, 2 per room.
  • You have to keep your personal money and passport locked or padlocked, if there is theft between colleagues it is the responsibility of each one. Coexistence in the house and in the project depends on the volunteers.
  • There may be water and electricity cuts in the town and it affects the volunteer’s house sometimes even for more than a day.
  • Domestic or field animals can enter any animal, cockroach, lizard, etc. It is a house in a rural place and we are in a country where we are characterized by nature, which has bugs.
  • It is forbidden to bring outside people who do not live in the volunteer’s house.

About the project

  • Hours are between 15 and 20 hours per week spread over 5 or 6 days as specified on the induction day.
  • There may be sudden school closings or truancy, in which case material will be prepared from the volunteer’s home material file.
  • Clothing, in schools, long pants not tight, closed shoe and short-sleeved shirt (without straps or shirt, shorts).
  • Drinking and smoking in the school house, family homes, nesting beach or schools or around the project or any of the institutions is prohibited.
  • Talking loudly offensive or insulting inside the house, in the presence of children or schools, is prohibited.
  • If a teacher complains to the coordination, you must leave (possible reasons, trying to change the Panamanian educational system, photos of children, exclusive dedication to a girl or boy with nearby games).
  • If you have two unexcused absences in a row, you leave the project.
  • If you want to organize an activity and want materials to carry it out, you must on your own. Also in the volunteer house we have material that can be used.
  • There are no project changes (on some very specific occasion they have told us that they do not like the teacher and want another classroom) that will not be possible.

Culture, adaptability.

  • You must bear in mind that at a cultural level there are differences, even if we disagree we must understand and adapt to these cultural differences.
  • You may find that they drive with their mobile phones in hand, that they make an appointment for you at an hour and do not show up, or that you find a lack of friendliness depending on which business. you should know that this culture is like that. Not everyone, you can still meet wonderful people.

excursions

  • The organization can guide you through the most famous excursions that other volunteers do, we are not responsible for it raining, that you do not like it, that they ask you for extra costs or that you do not read well what is included
  • If you extend your excursion and miss the project, it will count as a miss. It is important to remember that we collaborate with institutions which also manage their standards.
  • If you arrive at dawn from the excursion, you will have to search through booking, b&b or another way for a nearby hotel (ahem Coronado) since the house remains closed during quiet hours.
  • If you need an invoice or receipt, you will contact the tour operator directly so that they can send it to you.

Visits to other projects

  • There is no possibility of entering other projects since the agreement and authorization of the authorities to the projects is for the volunteer to be in the selected project.
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2024 ARRIVAL DATES FOR SOCIAL PROJECTS


2024 ARRIVAL DATES FOR TORTOISE PROJECTS

HOW TO BOOK MY VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form to the programme, we will verify and confirm your place.

STEP 2

Make a registration donation to become a member of the organisation.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, compulsory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.

Located in Central America, separated by two seas and a channel that unites cultures, traditions and wonderful landscapes. It has different unique places like:

  • Guna Yala
  • Bocas del Toro (Columbus Island)
  • Boquete
  • Anton Valley
  • Portobelo (Big Island)
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  • Panama City

It is a country that hides a great diversity of fauna and flora. A destination with welcoming people that makes your stay as a volunteer most pleasant and surprising.

CLIMATE

  • May and November (wet season) is where it usually rains almost every day.
  • December and April (dry season) is where the sun rises every day and at all times.

CURRENCY

The local currency of Panama is the Dollar (Balboa). Convert it.

In your volunteer trip you will use dollars (it has the same value as the Balboa).

Examples of costs in Panama: (1,10$ = 1€)

  • A cappuccino coffee 2.64 dollars (2.39€).
    A menu of the day, in economic places 7,00 dollars (6,33€).
  • A bottle of water 1.00 dollar (0.92€).
  • Bus transportation 0.50 cents (0.46€). This may vary depending on the type of transport you use.

FLIGHT

For your volunteer n Panama, your flight must have as its final destination the Tocumen International Airport (PTY), where one of our logistics coordinators will be waiting for you.

  • Flights range from €500 to €700 approximately.
    You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscanner.
  • Other companies that offer cheap flights are Lufthansa, KLM, Iberia, and Air Europa.

TOURIST SITES

VALLE OF ANTON

The Valley of Anton PanamaThe joy and friendliness of its people, accompanied by the great nature that El Valle de Anton has, makes it unique.

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

Every day you can dedicate it to some of these activities during your volunteering.

el valle de anton panamá

BOCAS DEL TORO

Bocas del toro panamá volunteers 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 a $2 boat ride from Almirante to Colon Island.

On the island you can do scuba-diving, snorkeling, fishing and other 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.

Hostels cost about twelve dollars (12$) a night, in a shared room bed. 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.

Voluntariado en Sur América

GUNA YALA

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

In order to go to San Blas it is recommended to contact with companies that make this type of excursions. The distance from Panama is 2.5 hours (one way). The cost is between 160$.

SANTA CATALA

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$) a night. 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 natural park of Coiba Island.

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 at Makondo hostel for ten dollars (10$) the approximate night, with breakfast included, you can also visit Isla Mamei, perfect for diving.

IS IT ADVISABLE TO DRINK TAP WATER IN THE VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA?

Panama is one of the few countries in Latin America that can still drink tap water.

The quality of the water is good, so it is not necessary to be buying bottled water. However, in areas such as the islands of San Blas, it is recommended that all volunteers drink bottled water, since the water you find on the islands cannot be drunk.

DO I NEED TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE WHILE VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA?

Yes, all volunteering who volunteer in Panama with Adventure Volunteer are required to have travel insurance (medical).

WHAT VACCINATIONS ARE NEEDED TO THE VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

In general, no vaccination is mandatory for Spaniards traveling to Panama. It is only required to people coming from countries that are considered carriers of certain diseases such as yellow fever.

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY IN VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA, WHAT CAN I CALL?

It is important that in addition to the telephone number provided by your travel insurance (which is mandatory) for calls from abroad, you have the following 911 number. With this number you can contact the fire department, the police and the local medical service.

WHAT BUDGET SHOULD I HAVE FOR MY VOLUNTEERING IN PANAMA?

The amount of money you decide to take will depend on what you want to see in your free time while volunteering. A figure you can spend per week could be $25, since food and lodging are included. In addition, weekend excursions are approximately $160.

WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES CAN I BRING FOR MY VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA?

For collaboration hours, you should pack a pair of long pants, T-shirts (not suspenders) and a pair of closed shoes.

For day to day and excursions, bring summer clothes, a jacket, which is not bad for buses (usually cold, because of the air conditioning) and beach clothes.

WHERE CAN I CHANGE MONEY DURING THE VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA?

If you carry dollars you will not have any problem, as it is the currency that is used nationally.

Otherwise, you can withdraw from ATMs, or at the exchange house at the airport and in the shopping centers of the city (there are very few).

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