School reinforcement with indigenous communities

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High­lights

Support Guna children from vulnerable backgrounds develop and grow in a good environment
Discover, explore, and put into practice your passion for education
Practise your Spanish and learn more about Panama's culture by being all the time around locals
Be exposed to a different reality than your own in a meaningful journey.
Enjoy some of the interesting and beautiful things Panama has to offer: tropical beaches, beautiful landscapes, a very rich and unique culture...
Help children of the Guna indigenous community gain more opportunities by helping them to succeed at school, while also helping them feel proud of their unique culture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

The children and youth in the Guna indigenous community of Veracruz are facing large barriers that prevent them from succeeding: poverty, reduced access to education, little investment in the area, and , as we've noticed, a loss of attachment to their roots. These factors have incredibly affected their social, psychological, and personal development. 

As a volunteer in this community, you can help reduce the impacts of all of these problems in the lives of these indigenous children: through school review and reading/writing comprehension classes you can help them strengthen their academic skills, while by having a cultural exchange and sharing your own culture with them, you can help empower the children's own unique culture, which in turn makes these children feel more interested and attached to it. It's important to let every child to know that their own culture and language is a valuable and beautiful part of their identity. 

At our center, you will work with approximately fifty children (but not all at once!), performing tasks such as school review (in subjects such as Math, Science, Spanish, Reading, English, or Singing), conducting cultural empowerment workshops, helping in Dülegaya (the Guna people's language) literacy work, giving workshops about interpersonal relationships and self-worth, and helping organise leisure activities for the children. You could also contribute by helping record audiobooks in Spanish and Dülegaya, tell stories to local children in any of those languages, and helping children learn Dülegaya literacy. *No especial previous knowledge of Dülegaya is required.


Typical day

Volunteers work on weekdays (Monday through Friday), from 9:00 until 15:00. Always keep in mind that the distance between the project and the place where the volunteers stay is of between twenty and thirty minutes, which influences the scheduling of your day. There is very affordable and recurrent internal transportation available in Veracruz, going on a public bus costs fifty cents each w

Free-time activities

A rich cultural heritage, beautiful mountains, tropical beaches, historical monuments, and a bustling capital city —Panama has it all, directly within your reach to discover while you volunteer in this exciting country. Panama is a rather small country with a high density of remarkable and memorable locations, which is something you can completely take advantage of, through cheap and accessible transportation, ease of visiting, and a welcoming people. 

Some of the sites most enjoyed by our volunteers are: 
  • Panama city: a modern and bustling city, it's a city that may offer you both big malls and modern architecture, as well as the scenic old city (in Casco Viejo), old monuments (such as the Panamá Viejo colonial area), a natural park filled with sloths and ñeques in the middle of the city (Parque Metropolitano), plenty of museums and seaside spots (such as the Amador area). In the city you can also go visit and discover first-hand how the Panama Canal works. 
  • Portobelo: a city in the Colón province, it has history that dates centuries back to the colonial era, some very picturesque traditions such as the yearly Cristo Negro festival, and it has direct access to beautiful Caribbean beaches and tropical islands (most famous is Isla Grande). 
  • Bocas del Toro: A province in the northwest of Panama, near Costa Rica; its archipelagos and beaches are very famous among tourists, as they provide near pristine sands, near transparent water, a lot of wildlife you can see in some of its islands, and activities such as partying, scuba, or just swimming in the beach.
  • Guna Yala: An indigenous region, it has 365 islands which all have a fair share of white sand and crystal clear water. The Guna people that inhabit this region have a culture that is very tied in to the Ocean and to life in these islands, so coming here will not only allow you to enjoy the beautiful and picturesque beaches on these islands (each island having something particular, such as Isla Estrella, an island filled with Sea Stars or Isla Perro, an island filled with corals and fish), but also to appreciate a unique culture tied to life in these islands.
  • Valle de Antón: A very famous valley with cool weather and lots of nature, you can go hike the famous mountain of La India Dormida (the sleeping indian woman, tied to a well-known local legend), see lots of native flora and fauna, and also enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • Boquete: Located in the Chiriquí province and known as the "Switzerland of America", it's a small yet very beautiful city in the middle of the mountain, known for its tasty coffee, colourful yearly flower festival (although flowers are an important part of the city any time of year), scenic trekking routes, and all the nature around the city.

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

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We ask our volunteers to be adaptative, creative (especially because of the lack of available learning resources), but especially to be passionate about the cause: empower children through education and culture.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer
  • Airport pickup and transfer to the volunteer’s home
  • Accommodation during your volunteering
  • 3 meals during the course of your volunteer program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
  • Orientation and induction to the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Accident insurance during your volunteering
  • Civil liability for your activity
  • Receipt from NGO about your program fee
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme
  • Volunteer T-Shirt
Airport Pickup at Tocumen International Airport
Volunteers will be picked up at the airport at between 8:00 and 20:00. If the volunteer arrives outside of these hours, they may have to cover some additional fees.
Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying at a house 20 minutes from the project. The house has a security checkpoint, a swimming pool, a barbecue area, two terraces, and a garden.

Volunteers shall be staying in bunk beds in share rooms with other volunteers. Amenities like a kitchen or a bathroom are all available for volunteers to use. 

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are included, usually cooked in the local, creole style.

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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.
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

The project is open all year round, except for some holidays in Panama such as:

-National November holidays (November 1-5, 10, and 28)
-Mother's day (December 8)
-Carnival (A week in either February or March, dates vary every year so do ask us if you arrive within these months).
That being said, volunteers may arrive on their day of the week of preference, although we'd recommend volunteers to arrive on either a Friday, a Saturday, or a Sunday, as this makes their induction into the program easier. 

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$970
5 weeks
$1,128
6 weeks
$1,285
7 weeks
$1,443
8 weeks
$1,600
9 weeks
$1,758
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,230
Average fees
$214 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer 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 Adventure Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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School reinforcement with indigenous communities

Help children of the Guna indigenous community gain more opportunities by helping them to succeed at school, while also helping them feel proud of their unique culture.

$214/week

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