San Blas, the paradise of a volunteering program in Panama

If you want to discover exotic Caribbean islands, with irreplaceable natural beauty, and far from the mass tourism, the San Blas Islands are the perfect destination for volunteering in Panama. In this Panamanian archipelago you will find small islands with white sand beaches, turquoise water and surrounded by beautiful palm trees. Keep reading to find out all the curiosities of these Panamanian islands.

History of San Blas, the best destination for an international volunteering
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These islands form an archipelago of 365 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. The ethnic group that resides there are the Gunas. The gunas are organized independently from the rest of Panama, and have political-administrative legislation different from the rest of the country.

In 1925, the Guna indigenous people rebelled against the authorities of Panama, since they wanted to westernize the islands. This revolution lasted a few months, finally it was agreed to respect the traditions and autonomy of the area. Due to this event, the islands currently have an independent organization and culture, which means that in the San Blas region there is almost no infrastructure or running water, making it an almost intact paradise. This will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the customs of this ethnic group during your volunteering in America.

Tips for a visit to San Blas
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To get to the island you can travel by plane to El Porvenir Island, where the capital of the archipelago is located, and from this island you can travel by boat or catamaran to the different islands. In many of the boats/taxis that you will find, there are small flags hanging that represent the Guna ethnic group. If you do not know the history of this ethnic group, you may be surprised by the flag that represents the Republic of Tule and the Guna revolution, since it is made up of two horizontal red bars at the ends and a wider yellow stripe in the center, similar to the Spanish flag. Additionally, in the center there is a left-handed swastika, although this flag is much older than the one used by the Nazi regime.

On these islands you will find different types of accommodation. If you are an adventurer and want to experience how the indigenous people of the area live, a great option to consider is renting a cabin or camping on the beach with a tent. The cabins have basic services, many of them do not have running water and the bathroom in some cases is shared. Despite this, they are located in front of the sea and you can enjoy the wonderful and unforgettable sunsets and sunrises from your cabin or walk a few meters and do it from the seashore. Sleeping to the sound of ocean waves and birdsong is priceless.

If you prefer more comfortable accommodation, you can opt to stay on a boat. You will also be able to appreciate the sunsets and travel to different islands, which will allow you to discover more islets and corners of the archipelago.

Culture of San Blas to discover while volunteering in America

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You will find small stops where you can buy traditional fabrics and clothing from the area. The traditional clothing is the “mola”, which in the Guna language means “clothes”. It is made up of different layers of fabric, which are cut and sewn to show the lower layers that are of other colors. And this is how the characteristic geometric shapes of this textile art are made. Traditionally, the drawings were geometric figures, although designs of flowers, animals and landscapes have been added. These drawings are usually related to nature and Guna culture, and the predominant colors are bright and striking.

On many of the islands there are also small restaurants where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Gunas feed mainly on what the sea and nature provides them, therefore, one of the typical dishes is fish and seafood freshly caught from the sea. Imagine trying these tasty dishes during your international volunteering!

The main activities are snorkeling to observe the fish off the coast, visiting other islands, going on excursions to see starfish or bathing on the beach, sunbathing, relaxing and observing the paradise in which you find yourself.

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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.