Tropical, hot in the day time, but nights can be cooler.
aguacero = rainstorm
refrigerio = snack
¿Qué sopa? = what’s up?
Rice, beans, lentils, plantains, chicken
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.
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.
You’ll get to attend Fiesta Ambiental, a weekend 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.
*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 – Fiesta Ambiental – 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 weekend-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!