Location
Multiple Locations +2
  • Panama
  • Guatemala

Program Details

Timeframe
Spring Break
Housing
Hotel

Pricing

Starting Price
3750
Price Details
Students will fundraise $3,750 which goes toward funding the school or playground they will be building in the community. This also covers all trip costs including flights, accommodations, food, transportation, and trip insurance.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
Jan 13, 2022
May 03, 2022
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About Program

Join us on an adventure of a lifetime where you have a blast, make new friends, be immersed in Spanish language, and also make an incredible impact on a group of children living in extreme poverty in extreme poverty.

During this trip students spend a week in Panama or Guatemala completing the building of a school and/or playground, visiting the home of a family in the community, enjoying recess with the children, and teaching kids in the classroom! You will also be able to experience the beauty and culture of Central America!

You will come home exhausted but rejuvenated. You will have left behind something of immeasurable value to a community in need and the connections you make with the children in the community are incredibly unique and deep.

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Program Highlights

  • Make incredibly deep connections with the children - even with a language barrier
  • Get to see the finished school & playground and see how excited the children are to learn
  • Get to really experience the beautiful culture of Guatemala or Panama
  • Make lasting friendships with other U.S high schoolers
  • Make an actual impact on the world

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  • Impact 5
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Abby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My favorite Spring Break yet

Over my High Schools April spring break, I traveled to Panama with School The World. This organization is set up by an incredible group of staff members and volunteers. While also on my trip, I met some of my best friends who I got to share this experience with. Before going on this trip, I did not really know what to expect other than the information we had been given beforehand. I was not sure if I was going to enjoy myself while on this trip, but after I had been on it, I realized it was my favorite trip yet. During this experience, learning first hand how so many people live in rural parts of Panama was so eye-opening. This program showed me as a high school student how much privilege I live with in my daily life. I have nothing but respect and praise to give to Danielle, Natalie, Ali, and Anna who run this program. I was nervous about going on this trip without being fluent in Spanish, but once I got there I realized how much Spanish you can use when you are around people who do not speak any, or very little English. I was a great time to use all my skills I have been learning and I feel much more confident in my Spanish now. I HIGHLY recommend this trip for absolutely anyone interested in service trips in Latin America.

Pros
  • Practicing my Spanish
  • Working with peers to better a community
  • Learn about a new culture
9 people found this review helpful.
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Daniel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Panama Spring 2022

Over spring break, I went to Panama with School The World and met an amazing staff and group of fellow travellers. I was unsure going into this program if I would enjoy it or not, but after completing the trip and learning so much about how other countries live I cannot say anything but praise this program. It is truly eye-opening to see how much we Americans don't have to deal with but can help with if we give a little effort and be a little more generous. The highlights were definitely getting to practice my Spanish with the locals and admire the scenery, but even despite the language barrier my group and I were able to communicate with the kids through waves and smiles alone. 100% reccommend for anyone wanting an experience that will change their life for the better forever.

Pros
  • Meeting new people
  • Practicing Spanish with locals
  • gaining an understanding of how impoverished live
9 people found this review helpful.
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Catherine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

STW February Panama Trip 2020

I absolutely loved my experience on the 2020 trip to Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca in Panama. Upon arrival, we got to see the best aspects of the countryside and relax at a beautiful resort by hanging out by the pool after our long day of travel which gave me an additional perspective on this very unique and dynamic country. We spent the next week working and playing in the village of Nueva Estrella which was the most welcoming, humble, and satisfied community I have ever seen. From my time with them, I gained an amazing sense of gratitude for little things in life and the realization that you don't need possessions to be happy, just good people. Providing these children with more access to education has been an experience I will never forget and I hope others get to have an opportunity to go on a trip with similar impact for everyone involved.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I loved watching all of the chickens roaming around and the community being so patient and friendly with us.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Emma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience!

Panama was my second service trip with School the World, and it was incredible all around. Working with everyone on the trip, being involved in the community, and doing meaningful work were cores to the experience, and while the work we did was not easy (digging holes, creating concrete, building play structures, etc.) it was also incredibly rewarding. School the World does a great job assisting fundraising, educating about the country you are going to, and supporting you along the way. 10/10 recommend this experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Live in the moment and really soak in everything.
13 people found this review helpful.

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