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.


aguacero = rainstorm

refrigerio = snack

¿Qué sopa? = what’s up?


Rice, beans, lentils, plantains, chicken



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.
  • National Participants
  • Length
    6 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Houston Gateway Training: June 22 - June 26
  • In-Country Dates
    June 26 – August 8 [FULL]
  • Ages
    15 - 22
  • Price
    $6,275 (includes international airfare)
Want to go to Panama?

Applications for summer 2018 are closed, but you can sign up to find out when our 2019 programs are announced!

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
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be at least 16 years old by December 31, 2018
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

Coclé Project Itinerary

*Dates may be subject to change.

June 26 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to Coclé Province.

June 26 – 30 – Briefing. The Project Leadership Team leads all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Coclé Project. Briefing is held at the Centro de Desarrollo Sostenible Ambiental (CEDESAM). After briefing, project staff bring participants to their host communities.

July 1 – 7 – Week 1 of Extracurricular Activities: Leadership.

July 8 – 14 – Week 2 of Extracurricular Activities: Reforestation.

July 14 – Midterm. This is a time to relax with all the Coclé participants and the Project Leadership Team. Participants will have an option to call home during this time.

July 15 – 21 – Week 3 of Extracurricular Activities: Water Conservation.

July 22 – 28 – Week 4 of Extracurricular Activities: A Healthy Body.

July 27 – 29 – FiestAmbiente, a celebration of environment and culture with local youth, will be held in Penonomé. Then, we travel as a group to the ecological excursion at Parque Omar Torrijos. Participants and local youth will have the opportunity to explore a Panamanian nature reserve and get some hands-on experience with environmental service work.

July 29 – August 4 – Week 5 of Extracurricular Activities: Leptospirosis Prevention.

August 5 – 8 – Participants leave community and come together for debriefing. This is a chance for participants to process, reflect, and prepare to return home. They will also get a chance to see different attractions in and around Panama City.

August 8 – Participants depart.




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