• Panama

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Jun 20, 2016
Feb 12, 2015
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About Program

At the Panama Institute for Social Innovation, you'll work in the field to develop both social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural interpersonal skills applicable to any profession.

Guided by a team of experts, community members, and local changemakers, ThinkImpact scholars have worked on and created a wide variety of projects, from improving traditional cooking tools to developing water management technologies for rural farmers. Scholars also benefit from direct access to entrepreneurs, micro-finance organizations, community-based organizations, and local leaders. You'll take an asset-based approach to community development, prototyping an enterprise and then testing your product or service within the community.

In addition to your Institute curriculum, you'll be living and engaging with local families and immersing yourself in the culture of Panama.

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Program Highlights

  • You refuse to settle for an average experience abroad. You're looking for something extraordinary--a program that will push your limits and bring you outside your comfort zone.
  • You understand that in order to succeed in a global marketplace, you need hands-on experience that will not only enhance your resume, but give you tangible, real-world professional skills.
  • You're passionate about social innovation and are searching for a crash course in entrepreneurship that will change the way you see the world.
  • You have an interest in global development, but want to go beyond the typical international volunteer program and make a real impact.
  • You will come back changed forever... in the very best way possible.

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4.67 Rating
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  • Growth 4.7
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.35
  • Housing 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

I had a great experience! The staff was great and the community members were incredibly warm and welcoming. There was never a time when I felt uncomfortable or unsafe. Despite being a little apprehensive about the program at first, by the end I really enjoyed my time in Panama. I believe the experience really helped to shape my view of the world for the better.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish there was more time with the translators in the group. It would have been nice to get to know our host family better, but the language barrier proved to be a difficult obstacle in bonding with them.
63 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful opportunity for personal development!

I stayed in a rural community in Panama as part of a ThinkImpact Social Innovation program in January 2015. It was a wonderful experience to stay with the community members and experience life as they would. They were very friendly and we experienced a very different life from what we are used to. The concept of the program is wonderful - using local assets to bring about social change. I learnt a lot-importance of non verbal communication, interacting with community members to discover details about their lives and integrating ourselves in the community to help being sustainable change. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend this program!

What would you improve about this program?
I would lay more emphasis on learning some useful words in the local language relating to food items, time of the day, family, etc. in advance before arriving in the country to start the program.
56 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed it!

I participated in this program in January 2015. I think I made a very good choice. It was so exciting to be exposed to a fundamentally different culture than mine. I learned a lot from this program, such as team work, communication skills, etc. People there were very very friendly, cooperative, and supportive. To be honest I was a little bit surprised at their sincerity and friendliness. I made a lot of friends with the locals, mostly children. At the end of the program, I set up a poster board with the help of the locals and our program interpreter, Mr.Carlos. I was extremely happy with my work and I hope this could help the community better deliver information and become more unified.

If you want to have a different and meaningful vacation, especially the winter one, Panama is strongly recommended.

59 people found this review helpful.

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