Volunteers assist in the classroom and help lead educational & recreational program. 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.
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. 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 setup, 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 design new lesson plans, create new programs, and lead recreational activities based on their skills and interests.
Volunteers spend Mon-Fri mornings helping in the classroom followed by lunch in the community or in town. 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 many of our volunteers enjoy Bocas del Toro’s 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.