My name is Brett. I’ve been living in Panama for almost 15 years working on agricultural and community projects. . We are near a small town called Santa Catalina best known for surfing and a launching town for Coiba Island. This is easy to find on the web to get more general information, pictures etc.
Currently we are accepting only one volunteer at a time.
We are landscaping, planting/maintaining coconuts, gardening and cleaning. I also need help with digital and video marketing. The volunteer candidate must be able to fully immerse, work well with others, and work well independently. Because the project is in the tropics, conditions can be challenging due to bugs, heat and rain. The volunteer must be able to mentally and physically be up for a challenge. This is a work program in which the goal is to immerse within a rural Panamanian culture and perform tasks primarily related to gardening, landscaping, and helping out with a B&B.
Food is mostly vegetarian with occasional seafood. The work days are Mon-Fri 6:30am-11:30am. Free days are good to explore local areas like Santa Catalina, known for beaches, surfing and diving.
The project is located 95 kilometers South of Santiago, Veraguas. From Santiago there are buses every ½ hour to Sona. From Sona, change buses to Santa Catalina (last bus is usually around 4pm...so getting there earlier is important). There are 6 buses every day from Sona to Santa Catalina with the schedule changing periodically. Almost always there is a bus around lunch time and one around 4pm for the afternoons. When on the bus to Santa Catalina (50 km- 2 hrs) you\'ll pass the town of Farfan where the bus will go over two speed bumps. After the second speed bump in Farfan, we are 2km along the same highway. Inform the bus driver that you\'ll be stopping here. The sign is on the left-hand side of the road. The farm is 500 meters walking along the dirt road entrance. Give a shout when at the gate.
Help with Computers / internet
Lago Bay is a beautiful environment. With wildlife and gardening in the tropics, travellers can connect more with the basics. Helping with digital marketing and media is an appreciated part of the exchange. Basically the exchange offers a much more profound engagement of the area and culture than traditional tourism.
The project has the usual problems associated with tropical field work…the vegetation, heat, rain, sun and bugs. Work is typically done in jeans, hat and boots with basic tools. Panama is hot.
Work -The work program is 5 hours, 5 days a week. Typically there are 2 or 3 days of field work and 2 or 3 days of cleaning, organizing etc..
*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️Sundays- The Santa Catalina Area is a good place to spend Sundays. It's known for its beaches, surfing and diving.
*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️Schedule: 6:30am – 11:30am unless otherwise specified.
*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️Housing: Housing is comfortable. Bedding is available with a real bed. A fan is available for each volunteer. Personal items such as a towel, comb, soap, shampoo, laundry soap are the responsibility of the volunteer.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.
The guest would be immersed in the Spanish language. Although no experience is necessary, farming, landscaping and computer skills are all a plus.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours, 5 days a week