Education in Panama is obligatory for the first seven years of the primary education and the three years of Middle School. And more than 90% of the Panamanians are literate. Despite of this, the education system in Panama has been described as one of the worst in the world! Needless to say, the educational system in Panama suffers substantial inequalities and even though public schools are free for the duration of the obligatory study years, only major cities have access to modern facilities.
Volunteer work in Panama in programs such as teaching is not only rewarding, it will also help you grow as a person. To be working in teaching projects with children you need to be:
- open minded
- prepared to face challenges
In some volunteer programs in Panama, the need for creativity and improvisation is paramount. As a volunteer in Panama in the field of education you will be working in a team and if you have the necessary skills you might get the chance to plan classes independently. If you decide to work as an English teacher you will help in improving the vocabulary as well as spoken English skills of the students. We recommend you to make use of your creativity to organize educational games to play with the children.
Some teaching projects will even get volunteers to beautiful beaches close to Bocas del Toro. Volunteer programs in Panama here strive to provide equal access to education for the indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to be immersed in the island communities of Bocas del Toro while also being able to learn or improve their Spanish.