Volunteer abroad in Panama for 2 weeks! Discover AMIGOS is a two-week introductory AMIGOS experience led by seasoned facilitators. Volunteers learn about the rich culture of Panama, practice their Spanish, learn about environmental issues and how they impact community health with the Ministry of Health, work with local communities, and stay with a host family.

Example Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Panama City and meet your project staff and fellow volunteers.

Days 2–3

Travel to project location and begin briefing, group preparation and training for your time in Panama.

Days 4–6

Volunteer as a group with an endangered sea turtle protection project.

Days 7–12

Travel to host community in the Coclé region. Meet your host family and work on a community service project alongside local students.

Days 12–13

Despedida (going away party) in your host community. As a group, visit cool spots in the region, like the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo, the old colonial city. Reflect on your experience and prepare to return home.

Day 14

Pack your bags and fly home!

About the Region

Climate

Tropical, hot in the day time, but nights can be a little bit cooler.

Slang

aguacero = rainstorm
refrigerio = snack
que pretti = how cool

Food

Rice, beans, lentils, plantains, chicken

Citizens

Panameños

Cool Spots

Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Valle de Antón

Panama City, Panama

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS has run programs in the United States and Latin America for more than 54 years. We’re the expert in service and immersion programs in Latin America and the industry leader in health and safety. We book the airfare for each of our volunteers and an AMIGOS representative travels with the group on the international leg of their flight. Volunteers will be accompanied by AMIGOS staff members and a teacher experienced with their age group, who serves as a mentor. These teachers are volunteers who are passionate about the benefits of cross cultural exchange and community service.

Learn Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. Volunteers who already know some Spanish will play a leadership role in their group, translating and practicing the language in a real-world context. Living in an immersive environment and spending time with a host family makes it more fun and easier to learn. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!

Make an Impact

We work with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on service projects. You’ll get to collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as other members of the community.

Build Real Relationships

Do more than just travel — live with a host family, sharing in their day-to-day life! You will become part of your host community, and you’ll connect with people you otherwise would never have the chance to meet. Bond with your host family, make friends, and spend time with your fellow volunteers.

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll visit unique destinations like volcanoes, national parks, and historical sites, and see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has lived in the country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with fellow volunteers and have fun!

Protect the Environment

Earn 60 service hours while you work on an environmental project that protects wildlife. Be a champion for endangered sea turtles by working with local agencies to clean up the beach and conserve turtle eggs. By the end of your time abroad, you will be eligible for the Bronze Level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award! And, you’ll get to have a hands on part in local conservation.

Train and Prepare

AMIGOS prepares volunteers with pre-departure and in-country training in topics like multicultural understanding, health and safety, community development, travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

While abroad, volunteers join in on nightly reflections led by AMIGOS staff members and an educator mentor. At the end of their service, volunteers come together as a group to participate in debriefing — putting what they learned in context, preparing to go home, and exploring their host country on group excursions.

Our Service Philosophy

We believe it is crucial to work with local communities, not for them. If we listen to what communities actually want, instead of making decisions for them, the service projects that volunteers implement will be more successful and sustainable. Local buy-in facilitates a deeper, more meaningful experience for volunteers and paves the way to building positive relationships across cultures.

Ready to go to Panama?

Applications are due April 30th for Session A or May 15th for Sessions B and C!

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Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A 2 weeks

Online and incorporated into briefing

June 19–July 3

13–15 April 30

$3,750 (includes international airfare)

Session B 2 weeks

Online and incorporated into briefing

July 10–24

13–15 May 15

$3,750 (includes international airfare)

Session C 2 weeks

Online and incorporated into briefing

July 31–August 14

13–15 May 15

$3,750 (includes international airfare)

  • Session A
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online and incorporated into briefing

  • In-Country Dates

    June 19–July 3

  • Ages
    13–15
  • Application Deadline
    April 30
  • Price

    $3,750 (includes international airfare)

  • Session B
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online and incorporated into briefing

  • In-Country Dates

    July 10–24

  • Ages
    13–15
  • Application Deadline
    May 15
  • Price

    $3,750 (includes international airfare)

  • Session C
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online and incorporated into briefing

  • In-Country Dates

    July 31–August 14

  • Ages
    13–15
  • Application Deadline
    May 15
  • Price

    $3,750 (includes international airfare)

My favorite part of the trip was seeing how strong the relationships we formed were, even in just a few days with community members. When we left Belen (the community I was in), it felt like I’d been there for weeks. Though it was sad to leave all of the new people we’d played and worked with, I was thrilled and impressed by how much we’d collectively accomplished in our short time together.

—Sabine, Discover AMIGOS Volunteer, 2017

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 13–15 on the project start date
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BLOGS FROM DISCOVER AMIGOS: PANAMA

Discover AMIGOS: Panama – Meet Your Project Director, Karol!

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Reflections from Session C

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Malcolm on His Host Community

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