Many times when I meet new people who are moving or have moved to Panama one of the concerns they voice is “what is there to do here”? They were very active in their former community and want to continue to remain so. My answer, “you can be as busy or not, as you want to be, it just depends on what you like to do.”
There are various sports options around. You can chase a ball on the tennis court or golf course. Living near the ocean I see people walk the beach, swim in the ocean, snorkel, boogie board and kayak. You can usually find beach volleyball or badminton somewhere in the area. I have been on several fun whale watching and fishing trips.
Panama is on track to become a travel destination for runners. I have a group of friends that are continually training for Triathlon type activities that take place all across Panama.
They even have a WhatsApp group to communicate with each other. The Iron Man Panama triathlon was held in February and in September Coronado held the 14th Coronado Extreme Triathlon with over 100 athletes participating. It is a great opportunity to participate or come out and cheer on your friends.
If community outreach is your preference, you have lots of options here as well. The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado recently set a goal to raise $30,000 to supply needy children and adults with custom wheelchairs. Donations from local restaurants, businesses’ and individuals helped them exceed their goal by $3,000.
Family Volunteer events include beach clean ups. In September over 50 beaches were cleaned up as part of Panama’s Ocean Month. You can also help at orphanages, public schools, wildlife rescue centers, environmental organizations, elderly homes, or you can work with handicapped children and adults, literacy projects, you can teach English and so much more.
Recently I attended a seminar by the Panama Hospice and Respite Foundation. They started offering their volunteer services for elderly and terminally ill expats in Panama City last year and have now extended their reach to the expats living in the Pacific beach and mountain communities.
Residing just over an hour from the Panama City will make it easy to be involved with the arts and others organizations such as The Scenic and Audiovisual Arts Foundation.
These are only a few of the options – I always tell people “If you are looking for an organization or activity we don’t have here, just start one!”