Protect the environment in Panama by planting trees for a reforestation project, promoting environmental education in your host community, and taking part in clean water initiatives! You'll earn 155 service hours. Get hands-on training from the Panamanian Ministry of Health while you spend 4 weeks getting to know your host family, new friends, and the Coclé region in Panama.

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 meet them at the airport and the group travels together to Coclé Province.

Week 1

Briefing. Project staff lead all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Coclé Project. Briefing is held at the Centro de Desarrollo Sostenible Ambiental (CEDESAM). Meet all other students on your project and spend a few days getting to know each other, learning about Panama, and doing fun activities. After briefing, project staff bring volunteers to their host communities to meet their host families.

Week 2

Week 1 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of leadership.

Week 3

Week 2 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of reforestation.

Week 4

Week 3 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of water conservation. 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.

Final day

Fly home!

About the Region

Climate

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

Slang

aguacero = rainstorm
refrigerio = snack
que pretti = how cool

Food

Rice, beans, lentils, plantains, chicken

Citizens

Panameños

Places You’ll Visit

Panama Canal: See the Panama Canal first-hand! You’ll get to visit the museum and see how ships pass between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Casco Viejo: The old quarter of Panama City is not only a UNESCO historic site, it’s also one of the city’s hippest, most vibrant neighborhoods! Stroll amongst colonial buildings while you people watch and soak in the culture of the city.

Example Volunteer Projects
  • Creating plant nurseries in local parks to promote reforestation efforts
  • Safeguarding community health by protecting local water sources from contamination
  • Building and placing recycling bins
  • Creating spaces for kids to meet and take part in community activities
Coclé, Panama

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Learn Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after going through our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!

Make an Impact

AMIGOS works with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects. It has been our experience that a service project is sustainable only when the community owns it and participates in the effort. You will collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as community members, earning up to 270 service hours.

Gain a New (Host) Family

You’ll get to do way more than just travel — you’ll live with a host family, sharing in their day-to-day life. Become part of your host community, making friends with and working alongside community members. Share holidays, celebrations, and everyday life in a way you can only experience through authentic cultural immersion. AMIGOS volunteers and their host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after their project ends. All of our host families are vetted and trained before volunteers arrive.

Have an Adventure

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

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Training for AMIGOS and Beyond

Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like: multicultural understanding, health and safety, community development; travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

Upon arrival in the field, you’ll start country-specific training with your group of fellow volunteers. During your time abroad, you’ll meet regularly with an AMIGOS staff member who serves as your mentor. Finally, at the end of your service, come together again as a group to participate in debriefing — putting what you learned in context, preparing to go home, and going on fun excursions around the country.

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Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Local Chapter 4 weeks

Find a chapter near you for a local training calendar!

June 30–July 28

15–22 December 9, 2019

$4,250 + group fundraising

National Chapter 4 weeks

Group pre-departure training: June 26–30

June 30–July 28

15–22 April 7, 2020

$5,750

  • Local Chapter
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Find a chapter near you for a local training calendar!

  • In-Country Dates

    June 30–July 28

  • Ages
    15–22
  • Application Deadline
    December 9, 2019
  • Price

    $4,250 + group fundraising

  • National Chapter
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Group pre-departure training: June 26–30

  • In-Country Dates

    June 30–July 28

  • Ages
    15–22
  • Application Deadline
    April 7, 2020
  • Price

    $5,750

Partners

Throughout the whole experience I made life-long friends, learned about a new culture, and I got to make a real impact in 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 for another 2 months because it had become like a second home, a second family.
—Claire, Volunteer, Panama

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
  • Have taken 2 years of Spanish or the equivalent
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