We are Canadians that moved to Panama to follow our dream of opening an eco-friendly beachfront hotel. We have two kids (8 months old, and 3.5 years old). Our land is situated on 200 meters of beachfront with 6 acres of property, including a stunning 1 acre fresh water pond (where we are constructing luxury treehouses). The hotel will consist of several private beachfront and garden casitas, a treehouse, an Inn, as well as a pool/bar/restaurant, yoga deck, and star gazing area. We expect to be open by July/August 2020.
We are located just outside the funky/rustic town of Santa Catalina, Panama known for it's world class surfing and diving. Our volunteers will get plenty of free time to explore the beauty of this town and country.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will learn about the biodiversity and culture of Panama while learning and honing many different skills around building, operating and marketing a hotel on a large jungle/beach property. Our goal is for our workaday volunteers to work closely with our local staff and friends to exchange learning experiences and skill sets to benefit individuals on both sides.
Jan - July - Our contracting team will still be building the hotel. We can use help is area's of minor construction, carpentry, gardening/landscaping, photography, marketing, teaching (working with our 3.5 year old boy Brody) and basic labour.
July onward - We will be open and looking for help with gardening/landscaping, teaching, maintenance, photography, running errands in town, yoga, massage therapists etc. Basically all aspects of running a small hotel in a small jungle/beach town. You will be using these skills to help the project and teach our local staff. You will also be working closely with our local friends, staff and service providers giving you ample opportunity to learn about the local culture and town.
What is Included?
Room and Board - Single or Shared accommodations with Air Conditioning & fans, and built in closets.
Bathrooms - Single or shared bathrooms with soap/shampoo/conditioner.
Sheets & Bathroom Towels provided
Shared kitchen and communal space for volunteers
Access to laundry
3 meals per day (food provided, volunteers cook for themselves)
Drinks - Coffee, tea, juice, water
What is Not Included?
Alcohol, Soda/Pop, Snacks
What is Expected?
4-5 hours of work per day for 5 days per week (see help required above for more information).
Proper work attire (once we open, hotel logo shirts will be provided)
Personable, polite, respectful attitude
Keeping yourself, your room, and shared spaces clean (to be done on personal time, not during work hours)
Volunteer space is your living quarters, owners house is off limits.
No loud music
On your time off you can explore our full 6 acre grounds and surrounding beaches and jungle or head into the town of Santa Catalina or the surrounding beaches and waterfalls.
A driver's license that is valid in Panama is a plus as are Spanish language skills. These are not a necessity.
The minimum stay is 1-2 months prior to opening, and 3 months after we open.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week