We are a family owned business. My father adventured into Darien around 50 years ago looking for an opportunity in a very underdeveloped region of Panama. Darien has grown since but its tourism potential still untapped. Sadly, my father passed away and we decided to keep running the business.
There are four members of our family that oversee the activities of the hotel. We manage the business remotely as we live in Panama City and at this time we are not able to relocate to Darien. We have a supervisor who lives on site and manages everything. However for ourselves it is a bit difficult to gauge the quality of the service we provide, identify areas for improvement, and increase our booking rates. These are the main reasons we are inviting a person with the enthusiasm and business acumen to help us make us the choice for travelers heading to the Darien province.
We are located in the town of Metetí in the Darien Province, approximately 230 km (143 miles) East from Panama City (Approx. 4-5 hour drive).
The hotel is a two story building located right off the Carretera Panamericana (main highway from Panama City) and is about 2 km from the small town of Meteti (where most of the locals live).
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Darien offers a great neotropical biodiversity. The biggest after the Amazon region, with approximately 579 km of land and a variety of species that only exists in this province. The area has more than 400 types of birds (50 of them are endangered) wild felines, frogs and other animals. The travelers would get the opportunity to witness first hand this very unique part of the world, as well as meet people including some of indigenous population that live in the area.
The volunteer is requested to help at the hotel 5 days a week Monday thru to Friday, 5 hours a day, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The volunteer must be fluent in Spanish. Fluency in English is not required but highly desirable.
Main volunteer tasks during your stay with us:
• Teach our concierge staff basic computer skills (email and web browsing) and some basic English words.
• Monitor our Facebook and Trip Advisor sites.
• Help customers find leisure activities within the area.
• Analyze the reservations data to help management design marketing material and promotions to help increase our booking rates and repeat business.
We offer to our volunteer a room with one bed, air conditioning, private bathroom, cable TV. The room will be cleaned by our cleaning staff on a schedule. The individual will have access to the laundry facilities to wash personal clothes.
There is also a super market and a convenience store within walking distance, for groceries. We will provide the volunteer with the essential cooking equipment/utensils.
As a foreign traveler, the interest to explore what the rainforest offers, could lead to identify business opportunities for the hotel. We encourage the volunteer to adventure to the nearby areas, and to help us at the same time. Main activities include rainforest hiking, boat trips, fishing, bird watching, visit indigenous villas. There is taxi and bus service to get around town and to visit local sights.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week