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Escuelita Assistant Teachers

Volunteers assist in the classroom and help leading educational & recreational programs. Spend the morning volunteering & enjoy free time each afternoon!

About the Project

Panama does not provide public preschool education in many remote areas of the country in spite of a universal acceptance that early childhood education is a critical component to a child’s development. For this reason we chose to open our doors to the preschool aged children of Bahia Honda in September 2011. This was accomplished in collaboration with our partners and friends from La Loma Jungle Lodge. We are incredibly proud and excited to now provide the communities of Bahia Roja and Bahia Honda early childhood education learning opportunities. In September of 2013 we adopted a Montessori curriculum focused on empowering our students to be independent through interacting with their environments and stimulating their senses. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Our days consist of implementing this curriculum, reading, arts and crafts, trips to the playground, and special field trips. This is an amazing opportunity to provide the first generation of future all-stars an awesome and enriching experience. It is also great to practice and learn Spanish as they are very forgiving individuals with huge hearts and smiles. Volunteers spend Monday-Friday helping in the classroom followed by lunch in the community or in town. You can expect to volunteer with our preschool five days a week as well as with the elementary school right next door. We will need a lot of help with classroom setups, curriculum development, and teaching. Volunteers are critical to the success of our schools and programs in the Ngobe communities of Bahia Roja and Bahia Honda! You will assist our teachers in the preschool & elementary school classrooms each day and also have the opportunity to help designing new lesson plans, creating new programs, and leading recreational activities based on their skills and interests. Groups of volunteers often taken on community development projects to help improve the infrastructure.  Past projects include building new classrooms, a library, cafeteria, playground, docks, and a water catchment system.

Discover Boscas del Toro

Most afternoons & evenings are free for volunteers to enjoy everything Bocas del Toro has to offer, including surfing, diving, hiking, biking, or just relaxing on the beautiful beaches! An option for volunteers is to experience Bocas del Toro by riding waves big or small. We wish to share our passion of surfing with you when you come to the islands.  If surfing does not interest you. Don't worry there is a lot more to experience in Boscas del Toro. Many of our volunteers enjoy the region for its amazing beaches, hikes, and activities. If you are not an experienced surfer, no worries. We offer the opportunity to learn how to surf or surf world class waves when volunteering with us. One surf lesson is provided upon request to each volunteer. Volunteers are given the opportunity to surf during their free time and when the work schedule accommodates take trips to different surf breaks. We have a world of knowledge and years of experience in the ocean and Panama.

Suitable for


Typical day

As a volunteer, you will spend Monday-Friday mornings on-site assisting with our educational classes and recreational programs. Your exact role as a volunteer will be determined by your passions/interests, experience working with kids, level of Spanish, and length of stay.  Whether it’s assisting our teachers lead an activity or designing a new program to serve an unmet community need, your help will improve the lives of all the children and families we serve!

Details on Arrival

The project is available from January to December. You are welcome to join us all year!

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Must enjoying working with kids but no previous experience is required! Some knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 13:30

Any questions? Just ask. We at Give and Surf are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Bocas del Toro is a beautiful archipelago in the Caribbean just south of the Costa Rican border! These tropical islands provide plenty of options for outdoor activities and water sports!

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
Our volunteer fees support the mission and programs of Give & Surf and cover accommodations, lunches, and local transportation for our volunteers. Fee is $700 per week or $2,000 per month.
Airport Pickup at Bocas Del Toro

We will meet volunteers upon their arrival in Bocas del Toro. Most volunteers take a short flight or the overnight bus to get from Panama City to Bocas.


We have a volunteer house where we accommodate most volunteers. There are shared bedrooms, plus a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and large deck with beautiful views! This rustic jungle house allow volunteers to get to know each other, live close to the communities where we work, and have easy access to town by water taxi. During peak season, some volunteers may be placed at a local hostel in the community of Bahia Roja or Old Bank on Isla Bastimentos.

Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages

We provide lunches to our volunteers Monday-Friday either at the local community restaurant or in town.

Volunteers may purchase food for the house to prepare other meals. On the weekends and on some weekday afternoons, volunteers will have access to the main town on Isla Colon where there are a variety of restaurants as well as grocery stores.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Bocas del Toro/Panama between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Give and Surf 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 Give and Surf during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Panama. Please check the visa regulations for Panama.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Panama and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Panama.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Panama.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Bocas Del Toro (BOC) in Bocas Del Toro. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Panama you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Panama.
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Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama
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