Get an introductory AMIGOS experience while you soak in the culture of Panama and collaborate on a project!
Discover AMIGOS is a two-week introductory AMIGOS experience led by seasoned facilitators. Participants 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. Choose the Discover AMIGOS program to surround yourself with Spanish and soak up Panamanian culture.

About the Region

Climate

Tropical

Slang

refrigerio = snack

aguacero = rainstorm

Cool Spots

Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Valle de Antón

 

Project Features

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.
While in country, AMIGOS participants work on a community-led service project. Every service project is unique, but each channels young people's ideas to create postive change.
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.
  • Discover AMIGOS A
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    June 21 - July 5
  • Ages
    13 - 15
  • Price
    $3,175 (includes international airfare)
  • Discover AMIGOS B
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    July 12 - July 26
  • Ages
    13 - 15
  • Price
    $3,175 (includes international airfare)
  • Discover AMIGOS C
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    August 8 - August 22
  • Ages
    13 - 15
  • Price
    $3,500 (includes international airfare)
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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
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be 13 - 15 years old at the start of the program

DISCOVER PANAMA Project Itinerary

*This is a tentative schedule. Dates may be subject to change.

BLOCK A

June 21 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group spends the night in Panama City. Call parents.

June 22 – Travel to Isla Cañas Turtle Project after breakfast. First day of briefing. Call parents.

June 23 – 25 – Isla Cañas Turtle Project conservation activities in the afternoon, briefing activities in the morning.

June 26 – Travel to Penonomé. Attend presentation from MINSA (Panamanian Ministry of Health). Call parents. Tour the center of Penonomé.

June 27- July 2 – Community visit and host family stay.

July 3 – Despedida (goodbye party) in community, travel to Panama City. Begin debriefing.

July 4 – Debriefing. Visit Panama Canal and Casco Viejo. Call parents.

July 5 – Participants depart.

 

BLOCK B

July 12 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group spends the night in Panama City. Call parents.

July 13 – Travel to Isla Cañas Turtle Project after breakfast. First day of briefing. Call parents.

July 14 – 16 – Isla Cañas Turtle Project conservation activities in the afternoon, briefing activities in the morning.

July 17 – Travel to Penonomé. Attend presentation from MINSA (Panamanian Ministry of Health). Call parents. Tour the center of Penonomé.

July 18 – 23 – Community visit and host family stay.

July 24 – Despedida (goodbye party) in community, travel to Panama City. Begin debriefing.

July 25 – Debriefing. Visit Panama Canal and Casco Viejo. Call parents.

July 26 – Participants depart.

 

BLOCK C

August 8 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site.

August 9 – 10 – Briefing. Project Leadership Teams lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Discover AMIGOS Project.

August 11 – Travel to community as a group and meet host families.

August 11 – 19 – Cultural immersion in your host community. In the mornings, participants will lead workshops centered around recycling and other environmental topics. In the afternoon, participants will collaborate with the school or the community on an ongoing project. These will be related to recycling and plant and vegetable nurseries. Participants will also join in a reforesting work day with local youth.

August 19 – Last day in community and despedida (goodbye party). Travel to debriefing site.

August 20 – 21 – Debriefing in Panama City: a workshop to process your experiences together and prepare for your return home. Participants will also go on excursions to some cool spots, like the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo!

August 22 – Participants depart.

 

 

 

 

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