Collaborate with local youth and community members on environmental projects in Panama
Explore the lush green hills of the Coclé region in Panama, Work with local youth to design and carry out impactful projects in your community. Get involved in environmental projects that include creating nurseries, protecting local water sources, and planting trees. When you're not working together with community members to improve the environment around you, take a break in your host family's hammock or learn to cook sancocho de gallina, a traditional Panamanian dish.
About the Region
Tropical, hot in the day time, but nights can be cooler.
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.
Learn about environmental sustainability in a Panamanian context
Work with local youth and Panamanian government ministries to promote projects that improve citizens' health and the state of the environment.
MINSA (Panamanian Ministry of Health)
MINSA is responsible for providing primary health care services to Panamanians. The health system is organized around Centros de Salud; these are large clinics that provide pediatric, OB-GYN, mental health, nutrition, adolescent health, health education, and dental services at low costs. More remote areas are likely to have Puestos de Salud providing less comprehensive services.
MINSA’s mission is to guarantee access to integral health care for the entire population, with a focus on gender, through public health services. They emphasize equity, efficiency, and quality of attention, assuring a transparent use of resources, and promote citizen participation.
MiAmbiente (Panamanian Ministry of the Environment)
This government ministry oversees compliance with laws and regulations concerning the environment.
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 Participant
Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary