We are a guiding operation and travel agency specializing in the remote San Blas islands inside the semi autonomous, indigenous Guna Yala Comarca, Panama.
The comarca (territory) is home to not only 365 breathtaking caribbean islands, but also a fascinating indigenous culture and a spectacular amount of wildlife.
We have been operating in these islands for over 3 years and are looking for skilled and dedicated volunteers that seek a truly enriching work/life experience.
We feel that the most meaningful and inspiring travel experiences are those that make a connection between the natural beauty of a destination, and the history & culture of it’s people.
Our mission is to deliver a meaningful and inspiring experience for each guest and leave them with memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
We also strive to be a example in the community of a business that is committed to creating a harmonious path forward for the modern Guna and tourism communities to coexist with nature and one another.
See our website caciquecruiser.com for all the details.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
We accept qualified volunteers for period of no less than 33 days and no more than 85 days. We will have a maximum of 2 volunteers at any given time.
Excellent communication skills: English - excellent, Spanish - minimum Intermediate level. Volunteers must be conversational in Spanish and English. While in the islands interns will be responsible for translating conversations and instructions between the 2 languages.
Interpersonal skills: Outgoing personality & excellent guest service
Pro-active and initiative taking
Ability to deal with stressful situations
Problem solving skills
Experience in hospitality preferred
Hosting, translating, and providing services for our guests
Act as a translator and liaison between our guides, guest and team in the city
Communicate with the Cacique team in Panama City
Duties are not always constant, the work comes at certain times and based on guest needs. So volunteers find time within the day to relax.
Days 1-5: training 4 hours per day in Panama City. ($16 per night accommodation stipend)
Days 6 and 7: Off ($16 per night accommodation stipend)
Days 8-18: volunteering in the island's (dorm or camping accommodation plus 3 meals per day)
Days 19-22: off ($16 per night accommodation stipend)
Days 23-33: volunteering in the island's (dorm or camping accommodation plus 3 meals per day)
End of minimum volunteer obligation - after the first cycle volunteers in good standing may choose to extend for up to 2 more 26 day cycle.
English, Spanish, German
Hostal dorm / Homestay dorm or Camping
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Volunteers with Cacique will be integral members of our small operations and guest service team in the remote and beautiful islands of Guna Yala a place travelers spend hundreds of dollars t be for just a few days.
They will be immersed in the fascinating indigenous culture that holds a strong presence in the islands, and work directly for our lead Guna guide.
Volunteers also will meet and enjoy time in paradise with hundreds of travelers from around the world.
This position provides an extensive opportunity to learn about the ocean, wildlife, Guna culture, Panamanian culture, hospitality services, language and much more.
5 hours per day