My wife and I own a jungle lodge on 2.5 acres in the Paunch Beach area of Isla Colon. We are a young, adventurous expat couple that moved to Panama from the States 3 years ago. We love the ocean, so an island seemed like the ideal place to start living to the fullest.
Helping with Tourists
We are looking for someone, or a group of people to help at our adventure eco lodge. We're located just off one of the best surf beaches on Isla Colon. We have two different volunteer types available: construction and guest service.
In exchange for your help we offer free lodging and food. We have a ton of fun here, so be ready to enjoy pool parties, movie nights on a big screen and bon fires :)
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You will be checking in guests and cleaning. We take guest service very seriously, so you must be professional in your interactions, but still fun. In your down time you might be picking up pool cushions, or doing some small cleaning in the public areas.
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We are still looking for qualified people to help us build small cabins in the trees of the jungle, concrete pathways, some raised decked platforms, cabinets and furniture. Most of the construction uses pressure treated wood and concrete. Also, we are building on a large hillside, so while we are just steps away from the beach you do need be aware the construction terrain isn't sand, it's thick hillside clay. Some days the work is less glamorous and might be filling in holes, moving materials around, or painting and staining wood.
Past experience with construction, concrete, and woodwork is needed for the construction position. Please be able to build something :) I'm not an expert by any means, so I do need people who are willing to jump in with smart ideas and just start building without my help! Must feel comfortable building without a ton of technical direction. Unfortunately, we can't provide much training. That's not to say we won't be there physically, every step of the way, but as I mentioned we aren't experts, so we are looking for people to take the lead and help us bring our plans to life.
Regardless of what position you are applying for, Please include what experience you have in your email.
You will be staying in a shared / dorm style room with the rest of the staff. It's a rustic house and nothing fancy, but does have electricity and internet.
You only have to help 5 hours, for 5 days of the week. When you're not volunteering you are encouraged to have fun and explore the islands. We are on the main island, and just steps away from great surf.
We hope we've built something creative and amazing and we would love some great people to join us in the adventure!
This may be offset by part of the cost of the accommodation offered depending on local labour laws.
We are from the states and don't speak much Spanish, but some of the people working with us do speak Spanish. That being said we do need all of our volunteers to speak English.
Volunteers will stay in a shared / dorm style room in the main house. You will have access to internet, running water, and electricity.
All meals will be provided, but you will need to be able to cook for yourself.
Bocas Town has stores, restaurants, bars, a small independent theater, and a ton of things for a tourist to do. The islands are also home to some world class surf. If you like to dive, snorkel, or just lounge on a beach you will find yourself happy and entertained in the area.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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