Costs and Fees

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IGLESIA EVANGELICA METODISTA DE PANAMA


Once the location of your worksite is determined, there may be additional costs incurred specific to your worksite. You will be provided a cost calculator to assist you in estimating your costs. IF you are working in Santiago, Veraguas, You will have a specific cost calculator.

Tips: Luggage handlers: 50 cents a bag, $1 for oversized bags. It is preferable to pay as a group to the captain who will then distribute to the other workers. This helps to avoid duplicate payments. Tips for hotel and restaurant staff will be team discretion.

Translators: Professional translators are paid $20.00/day. We will always attempt to find local translators so that your team will not be out the expense for lodging for translators. If the translator is a student, the rate may be $15.00. Please let your coordinator know approximately how many translators your team will require.

Laundry Service: Varies but is inexpensive near all of our locations. Cienaguita and Volcan have services onsite.

Food Costs: At some sites, we are able to prepare food during the work week.
The team should budget the following:
Cook & Helper: $20.00 each, daily
Groceries: $15.00 per team member per day

(On travel days or other times the team eats out, you should budget the following)
Restaurant meals: $12.00 per person per meal (approx)

For most
Santiago teams, A sack lunch will be provided on site unless other prior arrangements are made with the coordinator. Calculating $20.00/day/person for the work week while in Santiago should be sufficient. This would include all three meals.

Construction Costs: For most construction projects we ask for a minimum donation of $200 per team member to cover the cost of both materials and labor. On some projects, teams try to raise enough money to completely finish a phase or an entire building.

We ask if it is possible to either electronically wire the funds at least ONE MONTH ahead of your scheduled arrival time so that we can secure the funds in time for purchase of materials prior to your arrival or “snail mail it” to our home office. For wire information we ask you to contact your project host who is either Rhett Thompson or Cindy Ceballos.

FOR ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS, YOUR TOUR DAYS COSTS, BUS & DRIVER AVAILABILITY ETC. PLEASE CONSULT RHETT THOMPSON FOR FURTHER INFORMATION!

Sightseeing: Learning about the Panamanian culture is an important part of the VIM program. Therefore, at least one day of sightseeing should be included as an integral part of the experience. The church will provide a volunteer to accompany your team on tours. It is best to have a full day available to see Panama City. Any or all of the following may be included in the itinerary:

  • The ruins of Old Panama ($6 adults, $5 senior citizens, $2 students)

  • Colonial Panama, includes the Church of the Golden Altar ($1) and the Presidential Palace

  • The Panama Canal ($15.00) For students, a discount may be obtained with student ID.

  • Handicraft Center, includes items from all the major Indian groups as well as other crafts.

  • Las Tinajas Restaurant, includes a typical Panamanian dinner ($25) and a floor show of folkloric dancers ($5)

  • Summit Botanical Park ($2), in the heart of a tropical jungle, includes a small zoo of tropical birds, reptiles and mammals


The per person admission price is indicated in parenthesis. Prices may vary very slightly. The church bus and driver will be available for use during the tour under the same terms as mentioned above.

For teams with a little more time, there are other possible side trips within a couple hours of Panama City, such as El Valle de Anton, in the mountains. Taboga Island, which can be reached by ferry, and several beautiful beaches along both the Pacific Coast and the Atlantic (Caribbean) Coast.

For teams that will be working in the Province of Chiriqui, time should be reserved for a tour of mountain communities of Boquette, Volcan and Cerro Punta. Often that can be done after attending Sunday worship.


Here is some more touristic information for alternative sightseeing places other than Panama City.

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IGLESIA EVANGELICA METODISTA DE PANAMA