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
Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos
*This is an example itinerary based on last year’s project. Dates, topics, and activities may be subject to change.
June 11 – Volunteers arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to Coclé Province.
June 11–15 – Briefing. The Project Leadership Team leads 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 the 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.
June 16–22 – Week 1 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of leadership.
June 23–29 – Week 2 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of reforestation.
June 29 – Midterm. This is a time to relax with all the Coclé volunteers and the Project Leadership Team. Volunteers will have an option to call home during this time.
June 30–July 6 – Week 3 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of water conservation.
July 7–13 – Week 4 in community. Lead day camps on the topic “a healthy body.”
July 12–14 – FiestAmbiente, a celebration of environment and culture with Panamanian students, will be held in Penonomé. Then, we travel as a group to the ecological excursion at Parque Nacional Omar Torrijos. Volunteers will work with local students, explore a Panamanian nature reserve, and get some hands-on experience with environmental service work.
July 14–20 – Week 5 in community. Lead day camps on the topic of Leptospirosis prevention.
July 20–23 – 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.
July 23 – Fly home!