Assistant Teacher at Primary School

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Coordinator | Marion
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Help children from disadvantaged families improve their education
Show your commitment with people in need
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and dream beaches
Open your horizon while making a life changing experience
Become a volunteer teacher at an elemantary school in Panama. Help children from socially disadvantaged families improve their education. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Panama has a growing economy, even if economic growth and prosperity does not reach all parts of the population. Panama City, the country's capital, is the economic center and with its high-rise buildings and modern financial district it is similar to cities like Miami or Singapore. However, large parts of the country are very rural, and people suffer from poverty. Many children from the poorer population do not attend school regularly or finish school prematurely. For many families, securing three meals a day is already a major challenge, not to mention the procurement of schoolbooks, teaching materials and the daily transportation the school.

This volunteer project supports school children in the community of Chame on the Gulf of Panama. The volunteer program has made it its mission to help these children with different educational offers, providing them with educational tools in accordance with their age. Personal and educational growth is promoted through teaching, didactic and leisure games. This should give the children the chance to develop and use their potential.

Typical day

During the morning hours volunteers work as assistant teacher at the primary school. You will assist the teachers with subjects such as English, Spanish, mathematics, geography, and the like. In the afternoons volunteers conduct exciting activities, like sports, painting, handicraft, educational workshops, and similar activities that entertain the children and that promote their development.

The volunteers usually work in two shifts, in the morning from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m (from Monday to Friday).

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, time of year, current needs of the project and self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

The metropolis of Panama City is only about an hour away. Panama City has a breathtaking coastline, modern skyscrapers, but also a very interesting old town that invites you to linger. The Panama Canal, the flagship of the country, is definitely worth seeing.

In the immediate vicinity of the volunteer project you can visit dream beaches, unwind in the sun, visit typical Panamanian indigenes villages and National Park, or take one of the diverse outdoor sports offers on land or in the water (kayak, rapel, diving, swimming.

There are also opportunities to learn more about the great flora and fauna and go on excursions to ecotourism.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Application Form and criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate Spanish skills. You should be able to have simple communication in Spanish.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Shared room in Volunteer House
  2. Full board
  3. Airport pick-up Panama City
  4. Professional English-speaking advice
  5. Translation of your application documents
  6. Volunteer Work Placement in Panama
  7. English-speaking in-country support
  8. Handbook Panama
  9. 24/7 emergency number
  10. Information about suitable travel insurance
  11. Certificate of participation
Airport Pickup at Tocumen International Airport
Airport pick-up in Panama City is included.

Arrival needs to be on Saturday or Sunday between 8 am and 8 pm. Otherwise a surcharge has to be paid on site.
You will live in the small town of Chame. This is where the volunteer project and the volunteer house are located. If there is no more space available in the Volunteer House, the volunteers live in a hostel nearby. There are shared rooms and shared bathrooms. The facilities include a kitchen, bathrooms and common areas where you can relax in your free time.

Full board from Monday to Sunday is included. Internet is available.
Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Full board is included.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Panama.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Panama provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Panama you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Panama.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Currently the volunteer project in at the primary school in Panama is only available between June and September. The volunteer work always starts on a Monday. Arrival to Panama City is therefor on the Saturday or Sunday before.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$314 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Assistant Teacher at Primary School

Become a volunteer teacher at an elemantary school in Panama. Help children from socially disadvantaged families improve their education.


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