Cultural exchange and arts

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Coordinator | Evelin
Coordinator | Evelin
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Create spaces for effective participation.
Encourage participation and learning of values.
Improve learning
Give support and companionship
Show appropriate tools for learning.
The cultural and educational exchange seeks to a better education and promote participation through spaces for the effective participation of the indigenous community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The cultural and educational exchange project seeks to promote participation and learning of values ​​such as solidarity, through spaces for effective participation in the community, contributing to the feeling of personal fulfillment and social responsibility of the people with whom we live.

The indigenous communities have a traditional political structure and administration, but they also have to fight much harder than any other Panamanian to acquire better education, better working conditions and access to adequate health care. 

The Embera, which is the community in which we collaborate, are distributed in various parts of the country, mainly along the Chucunaque and Tuira rivers in the Darién Province, in the province of Panama they are located on the banks of the Chagres River, Camboa, Gatún and Lake Bayano in MAJE, they live in a dairy house because of the location and levels of the river.


Within the community you will be able to live and share with an Emberá-Wounaan family, where you will have to help with the daily activities of the school and the community, you will also have to support the activities of the house where you will live and the multigrade school. where 27 children attend. in ages between 5 to 12 years:

  • Support the teacher in the classes that are taught. (as an assistant)
  • English classes for youths and adults in the community.
  • Computer management classes and programs such as: Excel, word, Power point.
  • Support with the preparation of materials to teach.
  • Facility cleaning.
  • Cleaning and planting of horticulture.
  • You can go fishing, depending on the level of the river, this can be. for your own consumption.
  • Monitoring and accompaniment of workshops for children.

Requirements to participate

  • be of legal age.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, proactivity and respect for culture.
  • Make video calls.
  • Required to read and sign a volunteer form, declaration and agreement.
  • Pay the reservation 25% of the place for registration.
  • Send requested documentation:
    • Copy of passport.
    • Travel insurance with civil liability and accident.

Typical day

7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon / 1:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: This is the time when the volunteer is in a public school in the community. Some are assigned to classrooms and others to the special reinforcement room.

Depending on the number of volunteers we will divide into groups. Since we seek that the workshops, activities and school support are a way to learn, share, have fun and get out of the routine. Therefore, it is important that all volunteers who are part of the project bring an ACTIVITY OR WORKSHOP PROPOSAL.

This proposal can be related to your profession, your talents, hobbit or sewing, art, yoga, garden, recycling, self-knowledge and early stimulation.

Regarding the workshops or activity that you propose in the form that we send to the volunteer, he must indicate:

  • A workshop or activity proposal.
  • Ages to whom it is focused.
  • Materials, since you will be the one to direct the activity.

Free-time activities

San Blas Islands

Considered the most beautiful islands in all of Latin America.  Visitors choose them for their crystal clear waters and white sand.  These islands are 3 hours from Panama City.   

Bocas del Toro

It is very close to the Costa Rican border. On its beaches you can regularly go surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, enjoy the sun and the nightlife among many other activities.  

Santa Catalina-Santiago Beach

It is a small coastal town, during the day you can go to the beach and go surfing.  You can also book an excursion to Coiba Island. 

Portobello and Mamey Island-Colón

This beautiful and historic place located in the Caribbean area can be visited in a weekend. 

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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Flexibility, adaptability, proactivity and respect for culture at High school level
Required Documents
Passport and Travel insurance with civil liability and accident
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Available for other activities
Observation skills
Intermediate level of Spanish
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by La Escuelita
  • Guest family Accommodation.
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Monday to Sunday only in the family home.
  • Team support from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 in the afternoon.
  • Certificate of participation at the request of the volunteer
25% of the cost of the weeks will be requested to guarantee your place and reserve the space. (if you can't go, don't worry, we'll save your money for when you can for 2 years).
  • Lodging in an indigenous family house, a tambo hause, there are no walls, a mat on the floor with a mosquito net.
  • You will also be able to share and be part of the activities and daily routine of the people who make up the community.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Monday to Saturday and Sunday breakfast and departure.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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

  • Arrival at the Embera indigenous community is on SUNDAYS.
  • The incorporation to volunteer activities is on MONDAY.

This project is open during the Panamanian school term, which is usually from mid-March to mid-December each year.

As a guide from arrival in the country at the Tocumen airport to Parará Puru-Chagres, where the volunteer activities will take place. A document-guide will be sent when you contact us. (GUIDE TO GET TO PANAMA AND HOW TO GO TO YOUR VOLUNTEER IN AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY) 

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)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$189 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. La Escuelita 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 La Escuelita during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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