Support These Bocas del Toro Causes on Giving Tuesday 2023!

Giving Tuesday started as a global generosity movement in 2012 to encourage people to give, after two days of shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and has turned into the largest day of giving worldwide! In the U.S. alone on Giving Tuesday 2022, over $3 Billion was donated in a twenty-four hour period by over 37 million people!

Today is the perfect time to give a quick overview of a few of the amazing nonprofits having a profound impact in our local communities! In light of the recent strikes and road closures, the needs of our local community are greater than ever. Children are out of school because teachers cannot afford higher boat fares to get to remote island villages, food prices are soaring, and people are out of work as tourism has rapidly declined. Fortunately, there are some great organizations helping to close these gaps and help those most in need!

Give and Surf

Since 2011, Give and Surf has been empowering the local indigenous and Afro-Caribbean communities through education and community development. Their free educational programs and services include preschool & kindergarten, after-school, summer camp, English classes, school lunch program, university scholarships, school transportation, and, most recently, a vocational hospitality training program. DONATE HERE

Floating Doctors

Floating Doctors - volunteer in Bocas del Toro

Since 2011, Floating Doctors have been serving outer islands and remote communities with the mission of reducing the burden of disease and improving healthcare delivery. Their goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase a new ultrasound machine and provide training for their team members. Having an ultrasound is one of the most cost-effective, safe, and efficient ways of bringing high-quality care to their patients in rural, impoverished communities. DONATE HERE

Papa Gato Animal Welfare

papa gato animal care volunteers giving care to pets of locals

Papa Gato Animal Welfare organizes care for homeless street animals and pets from low income families in Bocas del Toro. This includes providing free weekly spay & neuter clinics to help control the stray animal population. DONATE HERE

Unidos Por Bocas / Bocas Recycle Center

Unidos Por Bocas: Since 2017, a dedicated group of volunteers has worked to resolve trash and recycling issues on the islands including building and installing the public trash bins and opening the Bocas Recycle Center. Donations can be made via ACH transfer to the following account:

Bank: Global Bank
Account name: Unidos por Bocas, S.A. (Bocas Recycle Center)
Account number: 56-101-00151-7
Type of account: Corriente

If you would like to contribute or get involved in another way, reach out to

The Darklands Foundation

The Darklands Foundation is dedicated to lifting indigenous population out of poverty through integrated agriculture in the rainforest, human development, education and rainforest preservation. They are currently raising funds for projects like Bocas Seed Bank and Food Gardens, Potable Water Stations and their Women’s Program. DONATE HERE or via Paypal

Caribbean Coral Restoration

For the last eight years Caribbean Coral Restoration has been practicing coral recovery and rescue in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. A major part of that program has been the development of habitat for the local fisheries. Employing and educating the community most affected to help recover the local fish populations to a state of sustainability using applied science is one of our primary goals. There has been a positive impact on total biodiversity and marine life population in these development areas. To see and learn more about what is happening in the oceans we love, check out this video: English version / Spanish version

Their immediate need is to complete the on-land Seed Bank Nursery where we can save and protect the endangered corals of the archipelago.To help make a difference: DONATE HERE

Operation: Christmas for Children by Buena Vista and Rotary Club Bocas del Toro

Tis the season: the 7th Annual “Operación: Navidad para Niños”is here! Join Buena Vista and Rotary Club Bocas del Toro in spreading Christmas cheer on the islands. Gifts and/or cash donations can be dropped at Buena Vista restaurant, from November 28 to December 19, 2023. Recommended gifts for children ages 2 to teen: coloring books, sports balls, dolls & stuffed animals, arts supplies, toy cars, puzzles (no cheap plastic toys please!).

Bocas Biodiversity: Eco Tours & Eco-Guide Workshops

Seasoned nature guide Stacey Hollis has a vision of training and mentoring young Bocatoreños on their journey to become eco-guides on their own homeland, sharing nature in an environmentally mindful way and keeping our human impact on these forest, mangrove and reef ecosystems at a minimum. She is raising funds to create workshops to make this dream a reality. You can read all about this innovative and impactful cause on the GoFundMe page, which is also where you make a contribution.  DONATE HERE

Mother of Corals

mother of corals

Mother of Corals is teaching communities worldwide to rebuild coral reefs. Your financial support will help fund:

  • Tools and materials needed to build artificial reefs.
  • Travel to communities to teach them the importance of corals, sustainable fishing and how restore/maintain their reefs.
  • Educational materials for project sponsors and communities.


BAMA: Bocas Arts & Music Academy

BAMA Bocas Arts & Music Academy

BAMA provides free music and art classes to local children in the archipelago. The programs have been funded through ukulele and t-shirt sales and fundraising events. The ukuleles are high quality and fun! Each purchase helps sponsor instruments and lessons for aspiring youth musicians. To find out how you can best contribute to their mission to invigorate island youth with fine arts, contact them on the @bama.bocas Instagram account or message program director Marianna Ortiz on WhatsApp +507 6315-2399.

Sea Turtle Conservancy

sea turtle conservancy attending to a leatherback sea turtle

The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. An international nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the ogranization was founded in 1959 to save sea turtles from imminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation. As Bocas del Toro is home to four different species of sea turtles, it is an important branch of the group’s operation. Locally STC engages in sea turtle education in the schools and in the community, as well as research, habitat protection and conservation efforts while providing employment opportunities.  DONATE HERE

Happy Giving Tuesday 2023!

Donating money is just one way to help these great causes. With many of these organizations, there are volunteer opportunities and you can always help further their cause by sharing their social media content.

Wishing you all a Happy Giving Tuesday! Thank you for your generosity and commitment to making Bocas del Toro a wonderful place for all who live here!

PS. We are working to add more entries to our directory “Volunteer, Non-profit and Overall Great Causes in Bocas del Toro.”  Contact us at if you have something to add.

volunteer in bocas del toro, 2023


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