Help us Manage Our Lodge on Paunch Beach, Panama



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    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 5 years ago. We love the ocean, so an island seemed like the ideal place to start living to the fullest.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 helpers to speak English.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We are looking for someone, or a group of people, to help us manage our adventure eco lodge. We're located just off one of the best surf beaches on Isla Colon.

    In exchange for your help we offer free lodging and food. Plus we PAY you a percentage of what the lodge makes at the bar and restaurant. You will make at least the legal minimum wage in Panama (but most often way more). The more drinks you sling the more you make! We have a ton of fun here, so be ready to enjoy pool parties, movie nights on a big screen and BBQ's on our large fire pit :)

    We live on the property and will be here helping manage, but we are looking for people to take the lead on our days off and short vacations. We've had the same group of workawayers managing with us for 6 months now, but it's sadly time for them to go back and see their families. (They only planned on staying here a month, but fell in love with the place and stayed our entire high season)

    This next group will need to be able to work with us from the beginning of July through the end of September or beginning of October (2 to 3 months). However, if you want to stay longer and it's a great fit, you're welcome to stay as long as you want!

    The manager/s will preform the following tasks:

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    Some days you will be checking in guests and cleaning cabins. We take guest service very seriously, so you must be professional in your interactions, but still fun. In your down time you might be leaf blowing, or cleaning in the public areas.

    *️️️ Guest Management *️️️
    Some days you will be managing the check-in, bar and restaurant space. We don't require any bar or cooking experience, but let us know if you have some as it's helpful and will definitely set you apart from all the applications we receive.

    Some days you might work a split shift. We try and keeps those days very limited. Also, while we only require 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, we have some days when the option to work longer each day and have extra days off is available.

    In general you will be responsible for making sure the guests have a blast and feel like their stay was professional, fun and clean. Since there are days we won't be here you really need to feel comfortable interacting with the guests on a very high level. You will be their go to person for an awesome vacation. Some guests have their entire trip planned out and you barely see, but other's like hanging out with you at the bar and getting recommendations about the area. Again, we make sure you have the training necessary. Plus, since on your days off you will find yourself doing all the cool stuff it becomes super easy to help guide guests with plans.

    Since this is a paid position and requires strong management skills please include what experience you have in your email. We require a one week trial period before we can promise you pay, or the position for the entire 2 to 3 months. We must make sure you are up to the task and will fit in with the Lodge environment.

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    We prefer 2-3 friends who work well together. You will be staying in a shared / dorm style cabin together. It's a rustic house and nothing fancy, but does have electricity and internet. Your group will be the only people in the cabin.

    Again, 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 love sharing the experience and our knowledge of the tourism industry with great people joining us in the adventure!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Helpers 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. We supply the ingredients, but you will need to be able to cook for yourself.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The treehouse about 90% done
Restaurant and beach bar about a 5min walk from our land.
My wife and I at the job site.

Host ref number: 581772285259