Postponed: Family Trip | Panama: Community Hostel

Isla San Cristobal, Panama

Postponed: Family Trip | Panama: Community Hostel

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Isla de San Cristóbal is a large island that has several different indigenous communities including the Ngöbe-Buglé. These subsistence farmers and fishers have a strong sense of their cultural identity. With an interest in community tourism, desire to better support their local businesses, and give visitors an opportunity for an authentic, culturally immersive experience, the community has asked Surf For Life to support the completion of a hostel to house future visitors and help create additional income.

Surf For Life funds help support the building of the community hostel. Volunteers will  work side-by-side with community members to paint, landscape, decorate, and add the final touches to the hostel. Volunteer families will also have the opportunity to engage with local youth during their classes and extracurricular programs.

Project Details

  • Project: Community Hostel
  • Project Location: Isla de San Cristobal
  • Type of Trip: Family (kids aged 7 - 18 with at least one adult)
  • Minimum Fundraising Commitment: Please contact for fundraising amount.  $150 non-refundable deposit per family member

Each week requires a minimum of 5 volunteers to run the trip.  Registration fees are non-refundable. To read our cancellation policy, please click here.

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About Our Project Partner

This is our 6th project with our local partner, Give and Surf.

Give & Surf is a locally embedded non-profit organization of volunteers providing sustainable empowerment to indigenous communities in the greater Bocas del Toro area. They focus on community development and increasing access to education.

About Panama 

Panama is a central American country with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean - forming a land bridge connecting North and South America.  It controls the Panama Canal that links these oceans and is one of the most important shipping routes in the world.The indigenous meaning of the word Panama is “abundance of fish.” The name reflects the incredibly diverse flora and fauna of the country that includes over 900 different bird species, and more than 10,000 different plants species, Animals include monkeys, opossums and sloths.

We will be staying in Bocas del Toro, full of colorful, Caribbean-style clapboard houses and our main hub. Seven islands comprise the land area, with “Bocas Town” the regional capital.  Travel between the islands is by water taxi, and how we will travel between Bocas Town and Isla San Cristobal.  

About the Trip

  • Lodging: Bed & Breakfast, rooms with private bathrooms, and fans 
  • Remote/Not remote: Not remote - close to local shops, restaurants and general tourist opportunities
  • Language: Spanish  
  • Food: Traditional diet consists mostly of rice, vegetables, chicken and fruit
  • To get there: International flight into Panama City International (PTY), taxi across Panama City to domestic flight PAC to BOC on Air Panama.

Additional Trip Activities

  • Surfing or snorkeling
  • Jungle hike
  • Wizard beach and organic chocolate farm
  • Starfish beach
  • Freetime options: ziplining, bicycling, scuba diving

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