Come and help out at a dive centre in the tropical paradise of Santa Catalina, Panama

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Dear Workawayers,

    PLEASE READ OUR COVID UPDATE:

    ALTHOUGH PANAMA IS TRYING TO CONATAIN A THIRD WAVE RIGHT NOW (JUNE 2021) I ASSUME THAT TRAVELLING WILL INCREASE SLOWLY AROUND THE NORHTERN HEMISPHERE SUMMER VACATION TIME JULY TO SEPTEMBER AND BUSINESS WILL GET BACK TO ALMOST NORMAL TOWARDS END OF THE YEAR - THOUGH LESS

    IF YOU APPLY FOR THIS YEAR YOU ALSO SHOULD BE AWARE, THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A LOT OF OTHER FOREIGNERS (EXCEPT BUSINESS OWNERS) AROUND.

    WE WILL NOT HAVE DAILY DIVE TRIPPS MOST PROBALY AND THE POSSIBILITY FOR YOU TO DIVE WILL BE THERE BUT TO GET AS MANY DIVES IN AS POSSIBLE OR GOING FOR A DIVEMASTER RATING SHOULD NOT BE YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE.

    Our dive center is located in Santa Catalina on Panama´s Pacific coast and has been the first dive center organizing trips to the former prison island and now UNESCO World Heritage site Coiba National Park.

    We are locally and internationally run and are proud of our multinational staff and cooperating with local boat owners and service providers.

    We have regular openings for multi-lingual volunteers, what are already scuba divers and are willing to stay for some time with us. Please do NOT APPLY if you are not a certified diver and please do NOT APPLY if you can't stay for at least 2 months. We need people mainly for the reception and helping out at the dive center. We prefer divers who want to continue their dive education towards divemaster/instructor rating.

    FOR 2021 THE ABOVE SAID IS NOT REALLY A PRE-REQUISITE AND YOUR MAIN DUTY WILL BE TO SIT AROUND AND TRY TO SIGN UP INTERESTED DIVERS, KEEP THE SHOP TIDY AND DO SOME OTHER JOBS (WE ARE LOOKING MAINLY FOR PEOPLE WITH COMPUTER SKILLS (WEBDESIGN, SOCIAL MEDIA), AND/OR DIY / HANDYMAN SKILLS (WE HAVE BEEN STOPPED BY COVID TO BUILD A NEW DIVECENTER OUT OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS)

    Santa Catalina is a small village with growing sustainable tourism and not only the best port to some of the best diving in the East Pacific but also one of the world’s best spots for surfing.

    OUR CANDIDATE'S PROFILE JULY TO SEPTEMBER:

    .) MINIMUM 2 WEEKS
    .) EITHER DIY / HANDIMAN AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA/WEB-DESIGN SKILLS
    .) BEING A SCUBA DIVER IS A PLUS BUT NOT A PRE-REQUISITE

    Our candidate’s profile (from December 2021 to May 2022):

    .) start around mid of December (minimum 2 months). Single persons or couples can apply
    .) must know how to work independently and organize his/her workload
    .) team player
    .) English and Spanish is a MUST, DO NOT APPLY, IF YOU DON'T SPEAK BOTH LANGUAGES CONVERSATIONALLY, more languages are a plus (French and German preferred)
    .) driving license a plus but no pre-requisite
    .) Diving license, minimum Open Water, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY, IF YOU ARE NOT A CERTIFIED DIVER. If you want to upgrade and continue your diving level up to professional Divemaster we are glad to offer you the training in exchange for your work as an internship
    .) Office/administration skills
    .) website / social media skills a plus

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will work in a small authentic village with healthy tourism provided by small businesses. You have to communicate with an international staff, local employees and international tourists. You can dive, learn to dive or continue your divie training in addition to enhance your Spanish skills

  • Help

    Help

    We welcome people with a variety of skills and experiences.

    for July o September we are looking for a single or a couple helping out with our dive center if needed, but mainly helping with social media / webdesign and/or DoItYourself/handyman skills to fix things at the house and our container building project.

    From December 2021 onwards, we are looking for single persons or a couple, for 2 - 6 months helping with our dive center reception, sales of tours and administration. 25 hrs per week against accommodation in a private room of a shared house. In addition, you can dive or do a dive course during your days off. Our preferred candidate wants to be trained to be a PADI Divemaster.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    room with shared kitchen and bathroom

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Literally a tropical paradise, Santa Catalina offers some of the best surf in Panama, the closest access point to Isla Coiba with its world class diving, great local dives and fishing and quiet charm for relaxing. It's beautiful beaches, lush forest and friendly people make it a great stop for travelers wanting to enjoy some of the best of Panama's natural beauty and local flair on a minimal budget.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, flexible





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