The Back Bay Project’s Mission is to provide access to opportunity in the community of Bocas del Toro, Panama through vocational training in sustainable hospitality, while promoting environmental awareness and cultural integrity.
We are raising funds to fund our inagural training program for native and indigenous in Bocas del Toro, Panama. The training program will provide opportunity to traditionally marginalized groups in the area while giving international hospitality professionals opportunity to volunteer sharing their skills and knowledge.
Tourism in Bocas del Toro (Bocas) has the potential to provide real, lasting and sustainable economic opportunity for the native and indigenous community of Bocas, but only if supported with the vocational and language training necessary to succeed in the hospitality industry. The Back Bay Project is laying the foundation for a community-led, environmentally and culturally responsible tourism industry, for years to come.
The Back Bay Project's Hospitality Training Program will provide trainees the basic skills to be not only employable but competitive in the tourism and service industry in Bocas.
In May 2021, our inaugural program will commence, in which all participants will undergo 2 months of hospitality focused language training (English and Spanish), 1 month of foundations of hospitality, and 3 months of intensive skills training, focusing in one 3 areas; Culinary Arts, Food & Beverage operations, or Hotel Operations. Uniquely, our program also focuses on sustainability, environmental and cultural responsibility, including modules in areas such as permaculture, biodiversity, and Bocas culture and history.
Program costs for each trainee is $6,559.00, and we anticipate to have 12 trainees in May.
100% of your donation will go towards the training and operation of this program, helping Bocatoreños start and further develop a career in sustainable hospitality.
The Back Bay Project, Inc. is a Florida registered nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID number 84-2700332) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.