A question I get asked often is what can I do when I move to Panama. I assure you that you can be as busy or not busy as you like. There will always be activities going on like art shows, live music and dancing, painting classes, Spanish lessons, guitar lessons, classical music concerts, cooking classes, chocolate making classes, cement art classes, jewelry making classes, church activities, etc. the list goes on and on.
Even though Panama is a small country, there is tremendous diversity and so much to explore. You can start the day on a beach on the Pacific Ocean, have lunch in a mountain town, and end the day at a nice little cabana next to the Caribbean Sea.
If you’re a shopper, you’ll be amazed at the malls in Panama City. Of course there are malls in other parts of Panama too. But there are more malls and more variety in Panama City.
When you move to Panama, you can do all those things you wish you could do now but you just can’t seem to find the time for.
There are a lot of organized groups who have weekly or monthly get-togethers like the photography club, hiking groups, knitters/quilters, internet marketing group, bird watching groups, yoga, etc.
Those who are moving to Panama now are fortunate to be able to take advantage of all the things that previous expats have already set up. Our Tuesday market in Boquete is a good example. This is a weekly event where anyone can sell their products from 9-12. You’ll find anything from home grown organic coffee to goat cheese, organic vegetables, casseroles, fresh baked bread, jewelry, meats, flowers, artisan chocolate, and much more. It’s as much of a get-together as it is a place to buy things. It’s a good place to catch up with friends.
There are many charity organizations throughout Panama. We encourage our Panama Relocation Tour groups to get involved with their community by becoming a volunteer. Here are some examples of how Panama Relocation Tour clients who have moved to Panama are making a big difference in their communities.
There are several handicap foundations in Panama. One of our tour clients who moved from Canada to Coronado recently helped raise more than $30,000 to buy wheelchairs for those in need in the Coronado area.
ARF (adoption–rescue-foster) is the Animal Rescue Foundation in Boquete. One of our tour clients who moved from Cayman Islands is helping to foster or find foster families for stray animals. Many of these animals have been abused, starving, and in need of immediate medical care. Thanks to Lisa, there is more awareness of the needs of these animal’s needs, more donations are coming in to cover medical expenses, and many more animals are finding their “forever” homes. http://www.arf-boquete.com/ Donations are always welcome and much needed.
Amigos de Animales offers a monthly spay and neuter clinic. Their mission is to provide low cost spaying and neutering of dogs and cats and to promote the general welfare of animals in our community and surrounding areas. Many of my tour clients volunteer at the clinic every month. This organization is responsible for keeping the stray animal population down. https://aadab.org/
In Volcan, the Quilters Club teaches local women how to quilt beautiful quilted wall hangings, quilts, purses and more. When the finished product is sold, it helps the local women earn extra money to support their families. A tour client from Alaska is very involved in this organization. http://volcanquilters.yolasite.com/
Of course members of the local Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs are actively involved in doing things to help their communities too. Many of my tour clients volunteer in these organizations. The Rotary Club objective is to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the World. They provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. There are 32,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries addressing today’s challenges including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty and environmental concerns.
There are many other volunteer opportunities. If there is not already an organization that does the kind of volunteering you’d like to do, no problem, you can start your own organization or just find a need then fill the need on your own. You don’t need to be part of an organization.
I adopted an elementary school near my house. I take food and school supplies there monthly. The principal lets me know what they need. I’m working with a local restaurant to do a fund-raiser to raise money to build a new kitchen for the school. They currently cook for 200+ students in a 4’ x 4’ area. Last year I raised money to build additional classrooms and bathrooms.
Or, you can just sit on your porch sipping coffee and watching the spectacular scenery.