Volunteer at a forest retreat in Panama with creative energy and talent




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    Our volunteers contribute their creative energy and talent at our busy jungle hostel. We need help with customer service, English instruction, yoga instruction, cooking, cleaning and photography, in addition to help with special projects! We are looking for outgoing and positive team players, ready to join our hostel family in the jungle. Please read on to know more about the hostel.


    We are located in the Panamanian highlands (on the main road between both oceans) on more than 30 acres of rain forest (cloud forest) and re-purposed organic coffee farm. We are also the deepest private reserve within the La Fortuna nature park. We are a youthful backpackers hostel at heart, but we also host volunteers, and due to our unique location within the reserve we have also hosted scientists, nature enthusiasts, birders etc.

    Because it is one of the only pieces of titled land, the community is looking to us to develop tourism. For this reason we want to employ as many persons from the local community as possible, so volunteers are not simply used to cut down our labor costs. All volunteers help out with customer service roles, working with our Panamanian staff, and sometimes helping us with various cool projects that help grow our vision.

    Minimum commitment length we are looking for from volunteers is 2 months. During the initial 2 days the volunteer will stay as a guest to get a taste of what it is like to live in the jungle. During this time a volunteer can decide if they are comfortable with the conditions. Volunteers start work on the 3rd day.

    It is free to work as a volunteer with us, after the initial mandatory 2 day stay as a guest. You will be charged for the first two nights of accommodation as a deposit, which will be reimbursed in the form of credit on your volunteer tab (items consumed during your volunteering like snacks or drinks in the bar) at the end of your stay with us. We look forward to sharing the experience of living in the jungle with you.

    - Free breakfast!
    - Discounts on other items
    - Half-priced tours
    - Half-priced laundry
    - The social atmosphere. Meet people from around the world, and become part of our hostel family.
    - Yoga classes (free for volunteers when available)
    - Our treasure hunts and games (free)
    - Miles of hiking trails (free)
    - Nightly activities in the bar like trivia or Foosball competitions.
    - Organic coffee and wine tour/ Horseback riding tour (half off for volunteers). Meet locals and experience their way of life in rural Panama.
    - Getting to know Rocky the Kinkajou.
    - Practice your Spanish when working with our local staff members, and help them practice their English!
    - Guided hikes through the jungle at night (upon donation)
    - Lots of nearby areas to explore, including the local community, warm and sunny river canyons, and majestic waterfalls.
    - Nature and wildlife (always free!)

    Please contact us for more information about available volunteer positions and to request our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM. Please DO NOT apply if you are under 23 years of age, and no couple accounts.

    We have been hosting volunteers for 10 years. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We employ a good deal more local persons than the average hostel in Panama, something that you can witness for yourself while travelling through Panama. Every guest who comes here directly contributes to the lives of our 10 full-time, and 6 part-time staff members.

    During your time with us you will interact closely with our Panamanian staff from the highlands of Chiriqui, learning about their culture, as well as the history of the area, Valle de la Mina and the La Fortuna Nature Reserve. We also put a strong emphasis on language exchange as part of our professional development program for our young Panamanian staff, to help them develop skills in the tourism industry.

    If you would like to help us with our professional development program, a role at the reception will be a good fit, as you will work along side our staff members who are learning English.

  • Help


    WANT TO COME IN OCTOBER? We host a very special Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Party and we need artistic & energetic volunteers to help us decorate, cook, & act! We will be happy to accept short term volunteers during this time. Send us a message for more details, and please continue reading for more information about volunteering in general and during other months...

    Our volunteers help with customer service, and with various projects that shape the long term vision of our popular hostel.

    - Help with customer service and entertaining guests.
    - Yoga Teacher (experienced, certified applicants only & we will require references).
    - English Teacher (experienced, certified applicants only & we will require references).

    VOLUNTEER PROJECTS (depending on volunteer abilities & experience)
    - Art projects
    - Games and events
    - Photography and social media
    -Trail building
    - Yoga
    - Something else? Let us know about your special skills and talents!!

    CAN'T STAY FOR TWO MONTHS? We are also interested in making short term exchanges with experienced photographers!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Spanish.

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers stay in shared accommodation

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You must have you profile filled out on Workaway and please write us an email for our volunteer application form.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 shifts per week (max 25 hours)

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Bolas, the neighborhood white faced Capuchin monkey. He just cant stay away from our orange grove... and we love him for it :)
The social atmosphere is beyond comparison. Come as strangers, leave as friends.
Volcan Baru. The view as seen from our balcony and dorms.
Nestled in the jungle. It's where we call home.
Cliff jumping at the nearby river canyons.
Life is an adventure, keep exploring!
An authentic experience making coffee with our own Don Cune on the coffee tour.
Rocky the resident Kinkajou.
One on one time.
Humming birds make visits daily.
Kinkajou cuddles.
Natural shower ;) Dont worry, we also have hot showers on the property.
Horseback riding tour.
Vine swing adventures.

Host ref number: 5957661534c9