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Volunteer in Panama
Affordable, Exciting, Life-Changing Panama Volunteer Experiences!
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"Panama volunteer program is postponed temporarily"

When you close your eyes, do you see huge expanses of deep blue water, edged by pristine beaches and palm trees everywhere dotting the azure sky? Volunteer in Panama and this scene can become a reality!

The gorgeous land of Panama offers the stuff that dreams are made of. When you combine your efforts with your IFRE team, you’ll find yourself surrounded by rain forests teeming with wildlife, sweeping archipelagos and mountains, and steeped in the fascinating melting-pot culture of the Panama Canal. Experience the rich sights and sounds of the colorful, diverse people and attractions in Panama, and demonstrate to those who truly need your help the depths of compassion your heart can hold. A full one-third of Panamanians live in dire conditions. You can help!

Write us an email and give us the chance to tell you more about who we are and the amazing opportunities we have waiting for you in beautiful, vibrant Panama, “Sapphire of the Sea.” With your Volunteer in Panama experience comes a new perspective on life and memories that will endure a lifetime!

Volunteer Work Projects and Locations

IFRE volunteer Panama programs focus on five major service projects: children at risk/orphanage, Teaching English, Turtle Conservation, Eco Tourism and HIV/AIDS Awareness. Volunteer projects in Panama are situated in Arraijan, Herrera and Los Santos. Volunteers can choose any projects in Panama and share love and passion with local people who need support!

Volunteer Program Fees & Dates:

Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer an extensive assortment of programs at very reasonable prices (and may rank as "best priced and best value" among the many volunteer abroad organizations in the USA/Europe/New Zealand). Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not the profit. We work very hard and smart to keep costs down, especially for you the volunteer, as we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.

IFRE application fee: US $349. The application fee covers advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries).

Volunteer Program Fee ($US)
Orphanage & Teaching
Turtle Con -servation
HIV(Panama city)
  • Airport pick up/ transfer $65
  • Group Spanish language class $50 per week (10 hours per week)
  • Food is not included in HIV project (Panama City)- weekly estimated food budget is $50-75

Additional costs for volunteers: International and domestic flights, visa, daily transportation, personal expenses on water/soft drinks, entertainment, laundry, telephone, immunizations.

Spanish Language Training
IFRE currently offers highly affordable Spanish language classes in Panama. These classes are exclusive to IFRE volunteers participating in our volunteer program. In Panama, IFRE partners with a highly reputable Spanish school. They employ qualified and experienced Spanish teachers and offer the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in Panama. In this program is structured so that volunteers can work at their volunteer project and learn Spanish simultaneously. For example, volunteers can take Spanish classes from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (before lunch) followed by volunteer activities. Alternatively, volunteers may take Spanish classes from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (after a day of volunteer work). Most of the projects are located close to the Spanish school, so it is possible for volunteers to design a personal schedule. IFRE invites you to improve your Panama experience by learning or improving your Spanish.
Arrangement of Room/Food/Supervision
In Panama, all volunteers can either stay at an onsite accommodation or with well-screened host families. At the orphanage, volunteers will stay at the orphanage's new farm facility and will be provided 3 meals a day at this facility. Meals will consist of typical Panamanian dishes. The main staple is rice and Panamanians eat a lot of it! A typical day's meals may include fried green plantains and eggs for breakfast, rice and beans with a small salad for lunch and rice with stewed chicken for dinner.

Our host families are socially respected and are well versed in the art of hosting international volunteers. Host families offer a safe home and shared bathroom facilities with running water and a "western" style toilet. Volunteers have the ability to do laundry at the house or the host family may offer to do it for you for a nominal extra fee. You receive three prepared meals per day. If you will be out of the house during lunch hour, you can request a lunch "to go" that you can take with you or eat out on your own. Host families provide typical meals that are traditional to Panama. It is recommended that volunteers bring their own toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, soap, bath towel, pillow, and sheets.