Program Details

Students can volunteer individually or as a group for any length of time from one week to several months. Volunteers primarily work with Give & Surf's educational programs on Monday through Friday mornings by helping to teach our preschool and kindergart
Location:
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Children, Education, Health, Social Services, Translation
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-11 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:

We are a small, locally embedded nonprofit organization that is committed to empowering the local indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro, Panama through education and community development. As a volunteer-driven organization, we depend on the over 200 volunteers from around the world who join us each year to help teach our educational programs, lead extracurricular activities, assist with our operations & management, and continue to build and improve the schools and community infrastructure.

Students can volunteer individually or as a group for any length of time from one week to several months. Volunteers primarily work with Give & Surf's educational programs on Monday through Friday mornings by helping to teach our preschool and kindergarten classes and leading extracurricular activities. Various community development projects, such as building new facilities, painting, and general maintenance, occur throughout the year and volunteers can also help with these projects or design their own project to complete during their stay! In the afternoons and on the weekends, volunteers have free time to explore the islands and enjoy everything that Bocas has to offer including surfing, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, ziplining, fishing, hiking, and more!

See website for full details. Program cost includes accommodations, lunches, local transportation, and Give & Surf on-site support staff both before and during your trip.

Setting Description:
Bocas del Toro is a set of beautiful, lush, tropical islands located off the northern coast of Panama in the Caribbean. Bocas has a rich culture and diverse mix of people and has been growing rapidly in recent years due to the increase in tourism. Despite the growing tourist sector and economy, there are many communities, particularly the indigenous ones, that still live in extreme poverty and in poor living conditions. Give & Surf works specifically with the indigenous Ngobe villages on the island of Bastimentos. These small, isolated villages have no electricity, minimal infrastructure, and lack access to basic medical care and education despite being only a 15 minute water taxi ride from the main island & town. Volunteers will stay a short boat ride from the communities where they will be working in the Give & Surf Volunteer House or a local hostel. All accommodations have a beautiful ocean view and are easily accessible to the main town and to the communities where we work
Cost:
$500-1000 per week depending on length of stay includes accommodations, local transportation, some meals & activities. Group trip rates are variable and can be arranged by emailing.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
No

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