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Transport & Communication

Transportation
What does your program fee cover? Your transport on arrival will be covered by the program fee. You will be met at the airport in David by a UMMP staff member and taken to your volunteer accommodation. If you are arriving in Panama by some other means, such as overland by bus, or are vacationing in Panama before volunteering you will need to make your way to Boquete independently. Your program fee does not cover your transport from your accommodation to your volunteer project each day. In most cases, volunteers will be required to catch public transport to their projects. Many of the projects are in walking distance from the volunteer house, but for those further away, you will be able catch a bus or taxi to your project each day. The cost for the bus will be around US $.50 - $2 each day or for a private taxi or a shared taxi the cost will be around US $.50 - $3 per day.

Transport on departure from the program is not covered by the program fee. Although UMMP can arrange for a private transfer for volunteers for $25. We also can provide volunteers with needed information such as bus schedules and taxi cab numbers. A private taxi will cost around $30 to the airport, while the bus will cost $1.75 to David and from there a taxi to the airport would cost around $3-5.

Getting around Panama
Panama has several airports and airlines connecting you to many of the main tourist destinations throughout the country including: Panama City, San Blas Islands, The Pearl Islands, David, Bocas del Toro Colon, Santiago, and much more. Flying around Panama and its neighboring countries is a safe way to cover a lot of ground in a short time.

Panama has a good network of long distance buses, short distance minibuses, shared-taxis and private taxis which will get you where you need to go; from home to the closest town or the neighboring country. Traveling by bus around Panama is a popular form of transport. The public transportation system in Panama encourages visitors to explore the land. For more information, visit the local bus terminal for detailed arrival and departure times.

Communication
Panama's telephone system is well established, and improvements are being made on a regular basis. In certain remote areas or during bad weather conditions access to the network may be limited. Many international cell phone companies also provide services in Panama, but may be very expensive. Volunteers should check with their local providers to gain knowledge on their coverage plans and international calling fees.

Another option is to unlock your cell phone prior to departure and purchase a local SIM chip in Panama or purchase a local mobile phone to keep in contact with family and friends at home, other volunteers and program staff. Most volunteer accommodations have landline telephones. The international country dialing code for Panama is +507.

Internet Services Free WiFi Internet is available to all volunteers in the volunteer house with access to one volunteer computer. There are also an abundance of Internet cafes in Boquete and you can expect to pay around US$1 for an hour of Internet use. The Internet is fast and is a cheap option for keeping in touch with family and friends at home. There are also wireless connections for those of you who plan on bringing your laptop.

Electricity
Electricity runs in cities and towns, but not in extremely rural areas throughout Panama. Power outages can occur, so a head lamp may be a good idea. Panama's electrical system is characterized by 110 volts AC, 60Hz with a flat blade attachment plug and the North American 3-pin. http://www.kropla.com/!ab.htm