Bambu Indigenous Program

Bambu Indigenous Program
Simplicity, radical natural beauty, wildlife and friendship are all terms which come to mind when talking about Bambu.

  • Simplicity, radical natural beauty, wildlife and friendship are all terms which come to mind when talking about Bambu. Come, integrate yourself into a local indigenous community while participating in a variety of ongoing sustainable and cultural volunteer projects. Bambu, labeled on traditional maps as “Bratsi,” is reached by following the Suretka river, where a very charismatic man named Danilo Gabb fulfilled a dream by building some amazingly beautiful structures using traditional indigenous methods. The real magic, however, is what happens in and around these structures.

    Tropical Adventures initiated and exclusively operates a volunteer program with the local community to foster economic development.

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    Volunteer Responsibilities

    Volunteers at our Bambu Indigenous Program help the community with an array of activities. You will truly engage in the local activities of the family that you are living with.

    Typical volunteer responsibilities include:

    • Work with residents at the retirement home
    • Translate for tours
    • Teach English to town residents
    • Work with students in the elementary school on educational and cultural projects
    • Help to build marketing material
    • Plant flowers and trees
    • General maintenance
    • Plan and fulfill cultural activities

    Volunteers can expect to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

  • You can choose to stay with a host family or at our Bambu Cultural Center. Three meals are always included.

    Find our packing list here.

  • This program is located about a forty minute drive from Puerto Viejo, the popular tourist town. This gives you the opportunity to help out during the week and take advantage of our many tours during the weekends. The program is also close to the Panamanian border. It is only a couple hours to paradise like Bocas del Toro. At this program, you will not find restaurants, stores, cell phones or internet cafes. Bambu on maps shows as “Bratsi.”

     

    • Age: Minimum age for children not traveling with a parent or guardian is 18 (or 16 with parent permission and an exception from our Director).
    • Participants: Individuals, groups and families are welcome.
    • Length: Minimum – 3 days (exceptions can be made for groups); Maximum – unlimited.

  • No trip is complete without experiencing the local surroundings. Available excursions for this program include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Puerto Viejo
    • Panama Waterfall
    • Bocas del Toro
    • Amubre
    • Frog and butterfly tour
    • Surf lessons
    • Puerto Limon
    • Jaguar rescue center
    • Sea kayaking
    • Cahuita National Park
    • River rafting
    • Canopy / zip-line
    • Gandoca / Manzanillo National Park
    • Indigenous tours

    Contact us for more details.

  • $1,399 Per person double (adult) occupancy

    Single supplement $500

    Children between 12 and 15 – $599

    Children under 12 – $499

    Includes:

    • Accommodation in our volunteer lodge
    • 3 meals per day
    • Country information and orientation
    • Volunteer project placement
    • Project training and in-country support
    • Assistance with planning excursions and activities
    • Reference letter or evidence of volunteer service hours
    • 24 hour in-country emergency service

    Click here to compare to other programs and more information about pricing.

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In short

  • Participants: Individuals, families and groups are welcome.
  • Simplicity, radical natural beauty, wildlife and friendship are all terms which come to mind when talking about Bambu.
  • You can choose to stay with a host family or at our Bambu Cultural Center. Three meals are always included.
  • For prices please contact us.