Help in Construction

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High­lights

Paint walls, houses, halls and walls that can be didactic.
Install doors and windows.
Creation and adaptation of the different spaces for the workshops.
Decorate La Escuelita, local houses and public schools.
Help plant and grow plants at La Escuelita and in public schools.
Our main objective is to build La Escuelita, as well as improve the homes of families who need this support, so that they can finally have a safe place to call home. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

We need your time, enthusiasm and help to build the house and spaces of La Escuelita, in which workshops will be held for women with limited economic resources and school review classes aimed at children with educational difficulties. We are in the initial stage of construction, we need to do tasks of:

  • Masonry
  • Painting
  • ceiling
  • Floor

Reconstruction of various areas:

  • Construction of walls (Fence)
  • Roof structures
  • Maintenance and / or development of the site.
  • Plastering of new structures.
  • Painting which also includes murals and images
  • Garden adaptation
  • Construction of structures for planting

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

Depending on the time the volunteer is there, the activities are assigned. It starts collaborating from 8:00 am or in the afternoon, it will depend from the assignments to be made.

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. 

Climbing
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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)
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
Commitment
Responsible
Recursive
Good attitude
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by La Escuelita

Volunteers are provided with the following:

  • Accommodation in a volunteer house with other volunteers.
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Monday to Thursday. On weekends, Thursdays and Fridays you can use the kitchen.
  • Orientation day in the village to adapt to the area (Mondays). 
  • Support from the team from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 in the afternoon.
  • Weekly follow-up and evaluation meeting.
  • Certificate of participation at the request of the volunteer.

The house where we live is simple, it is in the center of town, humble but with everything necessary and comfortable. There is a good coexistence with the people of the town and respect for the culture and customs of the country.

The value of the requested contribution to cover lodging and food expenses corresponds to $27 per day.

Accommodation

We have 3 rooms with fans:

  • 6-bed room (bunk beds)
  • bed room (bunk beds and single)
  • bed room (bunk beds)

We have two bathroom areas: There is no hot water
Kitchen for common use
Drinking water
Room (rest area)
Garden and Yoga and relaxation area (summer 2023)
Laundry area: Use of washer and dryer at low cost $10 (only on Mondays and Thursdays)

Order and cleanliness of the house

As we are usually 15 people in the house (mainly the summer months in Europe) and so that coexistence is more harmonious and orderly we do various daily tasks in which the volunteers support. You will find this organizational plan on the general information board weekly. In this way, we take care of the space, respect coexistence and create a moment to share and get to know each other better.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
  • All 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided from Monday to Thursday. 
  • On weekends, Thursdays and Fridays you can use the kitchen.
  • Breakfast is self-service and is usually available: Bread, crackers, jams, butter, cereals, pancake toppings, eggs and fruit twice a week
  • Lunch and dinner are provided only at the volunteer's home
  • It is not possible to order take-away.
  • Drinks are not included (water, sodas, others). 
  • The water in Panama is drinkable so for the moment you can drink tap water. If a volunteer wishes to buy bottled water, he/she can do so. 
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. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Incorporation into the project and arrival in the country: Arrival at the volunteer house from Monday to Friday and start of volunteer activities the following day.

How a guide from the arrival in the country at the Tocumen airport to the town of Chame, 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 CHAME)

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$189
2 weeks
$378
3 weeks
$567
4 weeks
$756
6 weeks
$1,134
8 weeks
$1,512
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,268
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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Help in Construction

Our main objective is to build La Escuelita, as well as improve the homes of families who need this support, so that they can finally have a safe place to call home.

$189/week

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