"Panama volunteer program is postponed temporarily"
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!
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!
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).
- 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.
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.
With 1,000 species of birds and 10,000 species of plants, Panama is truly a country worth exploring! Volunteers working near Arraijan may choose to explore Panama City in their free time. There are lots to do. From seeing the ruins in Panama Viejo, shopping on Calle 50, or taking a day trip to the Island of Flowers, volunteers will find endless adventures in the capital city. Those working on conservation or health projects will enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the Azuero Peninsula. Go to an artisan fair in Las Tablas or a parade for the patron saint in Herrera. Or spend the weekend on one of the areas many beaches. There is never a lack of sights to see in the Azuero.
- About Panama volunteer program (In General)
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