Portobelo, Panama

6 reviews6

Be a helping hand in our front sea bar in Portobelo!

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This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Immerse yourself in the local culture
2 travelers recommend this host for those looking for a local cultural immersion
Connect with nature
2 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Choose the menu, pick ingredients and cook delicious dishes.
Make and serve drinks and help maintain the beverages inventory.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Get free drinks or beverages.
Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
You can use our surfboards as much as you want.
Discounts on Accommodation
Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Discounts on Drinks
Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.
Discounts on Pubs
Get discounts at nearby pubs.
Discounts on Parties
Get discounts at nearby parties and clubs.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
4 weeks

The Experience

Help us in an pirates bar in Portobelo! The spot is located in the bay of Portobelo in the center of the town, with a terrace on the sea, we have a dock for dinghy and kayaks. We do restaurant and bar, and we offer services to the sailboats and visitors. We are looking for 1 or 2 positive people helping in. :)

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  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish
  • Between 21 and 69 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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How this experience will transform you

  • 2 Immersing in the local culture
  • 2 Get in touch with nature
  • 2 Meeting locals
  • 1 Meeting international travelers
  • 1 Creating true social impact



First of all I want to thank Francesco for being a amazing host! My experience in portobelo was amazing and more intense then I expected, in a positiv way. The locals are lovely and welcome you as a foreigner to there community. If you are looking for a journey that is about a real and authentic experience you have to come to Francesco! Portobelo is gonna stay in my heart for a long time I'm sure about that! Kind regards Olivia 🥰

8 months ago

United States


I had an amazing experience with Francesco and other travelers. While it was not perfectly what I expected it was down to earth and honest. Francesco was a super helpful host not only in getting around and getting to know the town but about the project and personal goals of my own. I enjoyed myself in the project and got to learn more about the industry I love from a new perspective. I would recommend to anyone wanting a new perspective of life from a simple and friendly seaside town.

9 months ago



I could not have started my first volunteer experience in a better way. With Francesco and the other volunteer, I immediately felt part of a family; for me, Panamore was more than just doing some daily tasks; it was believing in Francesco's project and really feeling part of it. Portobelo is a small town with not much to do during the night, but if you're looking for an environment surrounded by nature and you would like to learn how to prepare Italian food (Francesco cooks some great pasta and pizza) this is the right place for you!

11 months ago



Es war eine wunderbare Zeit. In Portobelo wurde man gut aufgenommen. Wir hatten eine gute Unterkunft nahe der Natur. Francesco erzählte uns viel über Land, Kultur und Natur und gab uns viele Optionen für Aktivitäten. Und das gemeinsame Essen mit dem Blick in die Bucht war auch nicht zu verachten.

6 months ago



Francesco es un hombre con mucho carácter, simpático, directo, pero no es bueno para decir las cosas de manera no hiriente. El lugar es muy sucio y hay poco presupuesto para hacer las cosas como debieran ser. poca higiene en la cocina, poca preocupación por la diversión de los voluntarios, se siente más como aprovechar de no pagar trabajadores, disfrazado de una buena experiencia. la verdad el horario no da para hacer algo durante el día, debido a las pocas horas de luz que el día tiene. el pueblo es pequeño, acostumbrado a turistas pero no diría que por ello seguro para las mujeres.

10 months ago

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