Build bridges across cultures while living with your Panamanian host family on a group trip!
Discover AMIGOS is a two-week introductory AMIGOS experience led by seasoned facilitators. Participants live with a host family in Panama, practice their Spanish, and work on a service project. Choose Discover AMIGOS in Panama to surround yourself with Spanish, build bonds with your host community, and experience Panamanian culture.
About the Region
Tropical. Hot in the daytime but nights can be cooler.
aguacero = rainstorm
refrigerio = snack
¿Qué sopa? = what’s up?
Rice, beans, lentils, plantains, chicken. Suitable for vegetarians.
AMIGOS participants increase their language ability through immersion that goes beyond what can be achieved in a classroom. They improve their fluency, learn local slang, and increase their confidence with real-world practice.
Living with a host family is central to the AMIGOS experience. All host families volunteer to open their homes to young people from another culture. Participants and host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after the project has closed.
The opportunity for independence and self direction makes AMIGOS unique. Participants shape their time in country according to their passions. the possibilities are endless - what each participants takes out of their experience is up to them!
Every Amigo is mentored by a member of our project leadership team through regular check-ins and personalized feedback. This allows participants to experience the independence hat sets out programs apart, with the support of a passionate facilitator.
Participants build their leadership and community development skills through hands-on training. Not only is AMIGOS training fun and engaging, it gives participants the necessary tools for success in the field and beyond.
Gain a second family in Panama
Tell stories with your host family, play card games with your host siblings, try new foods, and meet the members of your new community while you immerse yourself in a new culture.
The Panamanian Ministry of Health (MINSA) is responsible for providing health care to Panamanians. Participants will work with MINSA with local schoolchildren.
AMIGOS absolutely changed my life. Through the challenging experiences I faced as a volunteer and project staff member I proved to myself what I am capable of accomplishing and now when I face an obstacle I have concrete examples to look back on and prove to myself that I am capable of accomplishing whatever I set my mind to.
2013 Summer Program Participant
Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary