Promote health and environmental protection while you live with a host family and volunteer in a local community.
Live with a local Panamanian family in a rural commuity near the small city of Chitré, where you’ll work with your partner, Panamanian students, and local residents to plan and carry out your service project. You’ll also get to lead daily activities for kids on topics like hygiene, exercise, and nutrition.

About the Region

Climate

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

Slang

aguacero = rainstorm

refrigerio = snack

¿Qué sopa? = what’s up?

Food

Rice, beans, lentils, plantains, chicken

Azuero Peninsula

Azuero is considered the heart and soul of Panama, known for sugarcane and livestock production, baseball, and festivals! The Azuero Peninsula has a variety of landscapes: from forests and mountains to dry plains and beaches.

Example Volunteer Projects
  • Building or fixing up spaces for community meetings and workshops
  • Developing signs for schools and public places about handwashing and conserving local water resources
  • Constructing a community garden
Life in Panama

Get into the rhythm of day-to-day life waking up to cook breakfast with your host mom, meeting with residents to plan your service project, and coming home for lunch. Lead day camps for kids in the afternoons. In your free time, enjoy views of the lush green hills on a hike to a nearby waterfall, play soccer with kids in the community, learn to cook traditional foods, or relax in a hammock.

FiestAmbiente

You’ll get to attend FiestAmbiente, a day of environmental activities like trash cleanup and reforestation efforts that is a collaboration with MiAmbiente (Panamanian Ministry of the Environment), MEDUCA (Panamanian Ministry of Education), and the Peace Corps.

Project Features

AMIGOS volunteers 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. Volunteers and host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after the project has closed.
While in country, AMIGOS volunteers 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. Volunteers shape their time in country according to their passions. the possibilities are endless - what each volunteer 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 volunteers to experience the independence that sets our programs apart, with the support of a passionate facilitator.
Volunteers build their leadership and community development skills through hands-on training. Not only is AMIGOS training fun and engaging, it gives them the necessary tools for success in the field and beyond.
  • National Chapter
  • Length
    6 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Group Pre-departure Training: June 21–25
  • In-Country Dates
    June 25–August 6
  • Ages
    15–22
  • Price
    $6,350 (includes international airfare)
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Throughout the whole experience I made life-long friends, learned about a new culture, and I got to make a real impact on some amazing peoples' lives - although it was nothing compared to the impact they made on mine. I was in my community for about 6 weeks, but at the end of it I wanted to stay there much longer, because it had become like a second home, a second family.
Claire, Panama Project Volunteer
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–22 on the project start date (June 25)
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

AZUERO Project EXAMPLE Itinerary

*This is an example itinerary based on last year’s project. Dates, topics, and activities may be subject to change.

Day 1 – Volunteers arrive. Project staff pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to Azuero Province.

Week 1 – Briefing. Project staff members lead all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Azuero Project. Meet all the other students on your project and spend a few days getting to know each other, learning about Panama, and doing fun activities. On the last day of briefing, Panamanian students will join us for a welcome ceremony. After briefing, project staff bring volunteers to their host communities.

Week 1–3 – Living in community with your host family. Lead day camps for kids and start laying the groundwork for your community service project. Plan with your partner and meet with local residents to see what types of projects the community is interested in.

Weekend – FiestAmbiente – get together with the other volunteers on your project and spend some time relaxing, sharing experiences, and brainstorming ideas for making an impact in your remaining weeks in Panama. Join together with local students on a day-long reforestation project.

Week 4–5 – Living in community with your host family. Put your service project into action!

End of Week 5 – Despedida (goodbye party). Your community comes together to send you off at the end of your time with them.

Week 6 – Volunteers leave community and come together for debriefing. This is a chance to process, reflect, and prepare to return home, as well as see some cool spots in and around Panama City, like the Panama Canal.

Last Day – Fly home!

 

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