Community Development & Surfing in Panama

Giving back to an small indigenous village of Ngobe Indians is rewarding because of the wonderful experiences you will share with the children of Bahia Honda. It provides volunteers a great cultural immersion experience learning from our preschoolers and the elementary aged school children.

Your volunteer responsibilities are to assist in the day to day operations of the preschool through curriculum implementation, guiding field trips, and teaching support.

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What to Expect?

Where: Bocas del Toro, Panama; island archipelago on the Caribbean side near border of Costa Rica. Volunteer accommodations are located on Isla Bastimentos; steps from the ocean and a short boat ride from the volunteer site in Bahia Honda.

What: A 501(c)(3) volunteer organization empowering Bahia Honda through community and educational development. The program is dedicated to several educational, environmental, and community development projects to help the indigenous Ngobe people of Bahia Honda, population 225. The educational projects include enriching educational projects for the local school ages 6-12 (after-school program, summer camp), a year round pre-school for approximately 20 children ages 3-5, English classes for the adults. and Bahia Honda baseball team.

How: The program has varying tasks depending on the needs of the community. Environmental and sustainability programs include a sustainable chicken project, water tank installations, and beach clean-ups. Construction projects include construction of a playground, recycling center, and a dining hall/kitchen for the school. The educational projects include enriching educational projects for the local school ages 6-12 (after-school program, summer camp), a year round pre-school for approximately 20 children ages 3-5, English classes for the adults. and Bahia Honda baseball team.

Why: A cultural immersion experience with an indigenous Ngobe village and a colorful Panamanian culture. The Bahia Honda community lives in thatched huts, travel by dugout canoes or Cayucos, and survive off subsistence living.

This is a unique volunteer experience that gives volunteers the opportunity to give to others and learn how to surf or enjoy various activities unique to Bocas. These activities include surf lessons, snorkeling, jungle/cave hikes and tours, exploring the beautiful beaches and islands, zip lining, kayaking, and more. Experience life on the water as all transportation to volunteer sites, surfing, beaches, and activities are done by boat in and around the islands.

For the adventure seeker who wants to experience living in a remote jungle and beach location. Improve or begin your Spanish learning with the children and community members of Bahia Honda.

  • Program ID: # 1991
  • duration:
    Less than 1 Week
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Bocas del Toro, Panama Bocas del Toro
    Panama
    9° 18' 9.8208" N, 82° 9' 18.27" W
    PA
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Bocas del Toro (BOC)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
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