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Santa Catalina
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 3
Category: Other
Host ID: 18387
Country: Panama

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Last Updated: September 3, 2019

We are looking for volunteers to start as soon as possible. A minimum commitment of THREE MONTHS and minimum age 23 is required. Unfortunately, due to bad experiences, we cannot accept couples.

The duties of a volunteer include attending clients and help around the shop. You have the opportunity to go diving at Isla Coiba and to further your education in the field of diving (OW, AOW, Rescue, Specialties,DM, Sidemount, TEC). We now have fast internet access at the dive shop.

Fluency in English is required and preference is given to those who speak Spanish (and obviously any other language is a bonus as well). We do not accept couples, families or qualified DMs/instructors as volunteers. While you do not need to be a qualified diver to come and volunteer for us, however, a love and passion for the ocean are a must. We are looking for people who are possible considering a future career in diving and want to learn as much as possible related to the dive industry. We offer internships from 4 - 6 months for those that are already AOW or Rescue divers and want to go all the way to divemaster in their time here.

The accommodation is a simple house shared amongst the volunteers. It has two rooms with fans and attached bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen. The house is right next to the dive center and a stone´s throw from a small shop and the beach.

Santa Catalina is a small fishing village located three hours from Santiago and seven hours from Panama City. It is the hub way to Coiba Island and the National Marine Park. There are two small supermarkets and a bunch of hotels and restaurants. The nearest main town is Sona, located an hour and a half away by bus. It is still relatively small, but there you will find larger supermarkets and facilities including ATM’s, a post office and internet cafes which Santa Catalina doesn´t have.

Santa Catalina is now a tourist destination and much of the small community’s income and industry is derived through tourism. In the high season (from December to April), hostels fill up, whilst in the low season the town feels like a sleepy village where you can lose yourself in the slow pace of life.

Activities include of course diving, but also surfing (location of the ISA Reef World Surfing Games, 2013), paddle boarding, yoga, kayaking, and horse riding. There are two beautiful beaches and lots of jungle for you to explore :)

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