Volunteer in
Panama

TravelBud Enrollment Coordinators



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Want to Volunteer in Panama?

Here’s where you start.

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed volunteer placement. Work at a carefully selected after-school program in Pedasi, Panama
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Panama we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Experience your own unique adventure by volunteering, teaching and traveling in Pedasi, Panama with TravelBud.

Why Volunteer to Teach English in Panama?

  • If you are in search of a laid back volunteering program in an exotic destination then our Volunteering in Panama program is for you!
  • You’ll have the opportunity to improve your Spanish skills in an immersive environment for 4, 6, 8 or 12 weeks.
  • You’ll be staying in Pedasi which is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and multiple activities to choose from.
  • You will have mornings and 3 days a week off to explore Pedasi and the rest of Panama. Go surfing, snorkeling and fishing or absorb the unique Panamanian way of life.
  • Read our blog on all the highlights and travel opportunities you’ll enjoy during your experience in Panama.

Travel Opportunities volunteering in Panama

This program offers you the opportunity to live in a beautiful region in Panama and contribute to local education and cultural exchange.

You will have the chance to see beyond the tourist route and gain insight into the Panamanian way of life.

Read our blog on all the travel opportunities you can experience in Panama.

You’ll have ample opportunities to travel in the region, which boasts a range of activities such as surfing, snorkelling and fishing.

Beautiful beaches you can explore on your 3-day long weekend all over Panama.

Do I Qualify To volunteer in Panama?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to volunteer in Panama.

You do need to be:

  • Fluent in English or at least C2 English level
  • Full of energy, self motivated and adaptable
  • 21 – 40 years old

Optional qualifications which will be to your advantage:

  • Fluent or entry level Spanish
  • A Bachelor’s degree or TEFL/TESOL/CELTA qualification

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Volunteer placements are for 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks.

What if I don’t have a TESOL certificate?

You don’t need a TESOL certificate to teach English in Panama. However, you might want to complete an online TESOL course to improve your teaching skills and prepare you for your volunteer teaching experience. Chat with us about Online TESOL course options.

Costs

The overall cost of this program is dependent on the duration of your stay.

Enrollment Fee once accepted: $500Final payment: $1600

Note: Final payment is dependent on your length of stay. Refer to the table above for duration options.

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LENGTH 4 WEEKS 6 WEEKS 8 WEEKS 12 WEEKS
COST $2100 $2600 $3100 $4100

Keep in mind that the longer you spend teaching, the greater your impact will be.

Volunteering in the field of education involves building relationships with your students and fellow educators.

By committing more time to the program, you are able to engage more deeply with your students and with the culture in general.

What is included in the TravelBud program fee?

Pre Departure Support

  • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 Dedicated on the ground support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your volunteering.
  • Teaching resources and support from local teachers. There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks. 

Transport

  • Airport pick up and 2 nights in a hostel in Panama City, including a city tour!

Accommodation

  • Communal accommodation in Pedasi with no more than 3 people per shared-gender room
  • 3 home cooked meals per day from Monday to Thursday! Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. 

 

What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process. The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for. Here’s what’s included in that:

  • Airport pickup and transport to the volunteer location
  • 2 Day orientation in Panama City including city tour
  • Guaranteed Placement at a small after-school language program in Pedasí, Panama
  • Accommodation and meals on work days
  • 24/7 Support throughout your time in Panama for everything from emergencies to planning of weekend trips to teaching advice and coaching

What are the other costs involved?

The major initial costs are:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Documents

These are variable prices which change constantly and depend on where you are from.

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

The program covers 3 meals a day, Monday through Thursday, plus accommodation for the duration of the program.

A reasonable weekly budget for other expenses (laundry, leisure activities, etc.) is +-$30 in Pedasi.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to travel around on weekends – these trips generally cost around $150$300. Our in-country partners will provide advice and support for weekend adventures.

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When can I start Volunteering in Panama?

  • January 2019
  • February 2019
  • March 2019
  • April 2019
  • May 2019
  • June 2019

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Volunteer placements are for 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks.

Arrival and Orientation

Arrivals are on Fridays, with the following the schedule:

  • Friday:
    • Airport pickup
    • Two nights in a Panama City hostel in Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Quarter), the historic district of the city.
  • Saturday:
    • Panama City tour during the day. Not to be missed!
    • Night off.
  • Sunday:
    • Van ride to Pedasi, pick up at 10am. It’s a 4-hour ride to Pedasi.
    • Orientation in Pedasi, house rules and basic information on life in the charming coastal town. 
  • Monday:
    • Brainstorming session to assign your first teaching tasks for the week.
    • Brainstorming sessions take place every Monday to help you plan your week ahead. 
    • Course materials provided.
    • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

Teaching Envirnoment

Where will I be teaching?

All teaching happens in the coastal town of Pedasi. You’ll be empowering students aged 6-12 with English communication skills through an after-school education program.

Can I sign up with my friend or partner?

Yes, couples and friends can sign up together – everyone in the program will live in shared accommodation and work together.

What are the working hours?

Your working days are Monday to Thursday and you will not work more than 16 hours per week.

  • Mondays are for brainstorming sessions to plan the week.
  • Tuesday to Thursday are teaching days.
  • You will teach for approximately 2-4 hours in the afternoon.
  • Mornings are free!

What is the dress code for teaching?

Dress code is smart-casual – we recommend relatively conservative dress for women and collared shirts for men.

Are teaching resources provided?

Teach from a government curriculum with course materials and teaching support provided.

The program follows a curriculum from Panama’s Ministry of Education. Certain topics will have to be covered, but there is room for teachers to be creative with their methods and materials

Working life in the classroom in Panama

Kids learning English in Panama

What working life is like as an English Teacher in Panama

What working life is like as an English Teacher in Panama

Teachers engaging with students aged 6-12 with English communication skills.

Group work in an English classroom.

Group work in an English classroom.

Living Environment

What is the town of Pedasi like?

Pedasi is a charming coastal town with beautiful beaches. With its rustic beaches and quaint architecture, Pedasi remains quiet and authentic, despite increasing popularity with tourists.

You’ll have ample opportunities to travel in the region, which boasts a range of activities such as surfing, snorkelling and fishing.

How does accommodation work?

  • Accommodation is organised for you and included in your program fee.
  • You will be living in a comfortable shared house with other program participants.
  • You might be sharing a room with up to 3 people of the same gender.

Your communal house in Pedasi, Panama.

Comfortable accommodation in Pedasi, Panama

Comfortable accommodation in Pedasi, Panama

Comfortable accommodation in Pedasi, Panama

Why Volunteer in Panama with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing. We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Pedasi. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Job Placement Guaranteed

Transport and spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to teaching materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

Panama is generally a safe place to travel, but is it advisable to always be cautious and keep an eye on your belongings in busy areas.

Safety Tips

  • Be aware of pickpocketing and petty crime in the city.
  • Avoid walking around alone at night, especially in the city.
  • Be cautious around border crossings.
  • If you are planning to hike, make sure to check weather and trail conditions before setting out as weather can be unpredictable and trails are sometimes difficult to follow.
  • Rip tides are fairly common along Panama’s coasts, so it is advisable to be careful when swimming.

 

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