• Panama
3 to 4 weeks
Need-based funding, 529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Host Family


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Jan 17, 2023
Sep 05, 2023
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About Program

Ready to pack your bags and head to Panama this summer? Explore Panama, from Panama City and the Canal Zone to the Valle de Anton and Chiriqui, near the Costa Rican border! You'll find out how local communities conserve the country's flora and fauna and earn service hours supporting local initiatives from our partner organizations, including the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment. Live with a local family, experiencing the daily life of your host community.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn to cook traditional Panamanian dishes with your host family
  • Practice your Spanish with local Panamanians
  • Plan and lead activities for local kids
  • Hike to spots like waterfalls and an extinct volcanic crater
  • Hear from local people about the challenges of climate change and its impacts on people’s lives.

Program Impact

Collaborate with the Panamanian Ministry of Health and local community members on a service project. Volunteers earn service hours while participating in community-based development projects, environmental practices for healthy living, and projects that support community health initiatives.

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Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 28 reviews
  • 5 rating 96.43%
  • 4 rating 3.57%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.6
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.6
  • Safety 4.9
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Amigos de las Americas Panamá 2023

It's an authentic and completely immersive experience. Everyone will get a completely different experience depending on country/cohort. The program is great at mental/physical safety throughout, and ensures everyone has a great time, the staff are very supportive. It also prepares you well for going to your community. It can be difficult at times and requires independence and resilience, but is completely worth it in the end. You won't have your phone on the program which allows you to connect with people and make lifelong friends, and truly immerse yourself in the experience.

  • Program is big on safety
  • Improves your Spanish quickly, completely immersive
  • Unique, original experience
  • No contact with parents/people from U.S (no phone allowed)
  • Can be emotionally difficult
  • Having an intermediate level of Spanish is important
34 people found this review helpful.
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Coclé, Panama

My time in the rural mountains of Coclé taught me much more than how to open a coconut with a machete or teach a class in Spanish;

The kindness of the strangers who invited me into their homes to talk for hours and share their mangoes and avocados with me gave me the confidence to start conversations with new people upon returning to the United States.

It has been a month since my trip, and I still talk with my host family, students from the local school, as well as the owner from the local store!

Coclé, I'll never forget you.

  • Acquire the confidence to address a crowd
  • Make lifelong friends with community members and peer volunteers
  • Exponentially better your Spanish!
  • No set schedule (can be freeing and stressful)
  • Service projects were slow to develop
37 people found this review helpful.
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Panama- Coclé: An Amazing Experience!

Participating in this program was an experience that I will never forget and always cherish. I was surprised by how immersed in the community I became in just the span of one month. The community and school welcomed me with open arms, and I was in a comfortable environment to learn all about their culture and practice my Spanish speaking. I was able to overcome any challenges that came my way with the support of the wonderful staff and my host family. I would 100% recommend participating in Amigos to anyone that would like to experience a different culture and explore new places.

  • Spanish language practice
  • Learning about a new culture
  • Wonderful host families
  • Language barrier occasionally
  • Bugs
38 people found this review helpful.
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This experience has truly been something so incredible, I have learned so much about myself through the process, I have met so amazing people. I came out of this with so many amazing stories; I made homemade hot chocolate from cocoa trees, visited a waterfall, and even lived basically on top of a mountain. I lived with a host family for a month and they have become some of the most important people in my life, they truly are my second family. Even with all the challenges that I faced it was an experience that I have loved with my entire heart

  • Speaking Spanish
  • Gorgeous environment
  • Amazing food
  • No cell phones
  • Some bugs
  • Humidity
38 people found this review helpful.
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Amigos, Panama: Coclé

If you told me that by the end of a single month spent in panama, I would have fully integrated myself into another language and culture, I would have never believed you. On this program I learned much more than just a language. I became part of a family, in a foreign country, all the while speaking a language that wasn't my mother tongue. The first week consisted of a breifing on all the details of the project: customs within the community, language classes, learning the rules of the volunteer handbook, how to run an "ECA", aswell as intermingling with the other volunteers. Our three days at briefing in Santa Clara ended with a Bonfire and the next day we boarded mini-buses along with our supervisor aswell as the other kids along our route. Each volunteer will be assigned a community along with one or two other volunteers. For 3 weeks, they will live alongside their host family and integrate themselves into the community. In doing so, they will form bonds that will last a lifetime. For example, I still talk to my host mother once or twice a week, and I'm able to visit my partner in community once a year even though we live on different coasts. This experience has completely changed the way that I see the world, learning to live in a completely different way, speak a new language, and just all in all, learning to slow down. Over the course of this program, my wellbeing aswell as self confidence improved substantially. Amigos trips are not a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is a summer program that is available to all no matter race, sex, spanish level, or financial status. It is a must for service leadership, and a builds worldly humans at such a young age.

  • Interacting with foreign people in a foreign language
  • Breaking Down Ethnocentrism
  • Cultural-Imersion
  • Possible Homesickness
  • Possible Language Barier
46 people found this review helpful.
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Amigos Azuero

Participating in AMIGOS was one of the best decision I have ever made. The Azuero project truly pushed me to grow and develop in my interpersonal skills, language, and overall character. I lived in the Azuero region for 6 weeks the summer going into my senior year. AMIGOS is an amazing program in which I always felt safe and prepared for whatever was thrown my way. I got to make great relationships with my host family and others in my community as well as long-lasting friendships with my partners and the other AMIGOS volunteers. It is truly an experience that you cannot find anywhere else which throws you "out of your element", and changes your perspective on the world for the better. I highly recommend AMIGOS to anyone who is considering it!

83 people found this review helpful.
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The impact of AMIGOS

I was a participant during the Cocle 6 week summer program in 2019. It's difficult to sum 6 weeks into one paragraph, but the thing I learned most from AMIGOS is how to approach challenge. I've always been a person that likes to solve challenges by myself or not ask for help; however, AMIGOS changed this–I was pushed to solve obstacles I had never contacted, big and small. I had the freedom to be myself while learning when I needed assistance and when I knew I could accomplish a task, a conversation etc. Now, as I am an incoming college first-year, this skill is evermore important. I feel confident making connections with professors and other students. I also feel comfortable asking questions and being vulnerable in my own skin–a skill I had never developed until AMIGOS.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Whether it's talking to a new friend, asking questions, trying new foods, making silly faces, or dancing, getting out of your comfort zone is valuable in your AMIGOS experience and beyond. "When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.” –Madeleine L'Engle
107 people found this review helpful.
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AMIGOS is the best!

AMIGOS provides a unique opportunity to step entirely into another culture while being supported in all matters related to health and safety. In high school, I spent 8 weeks living with a host family and working with my AMIGOS partner and local youth on a service project. Since then, I have traveled to 20+ countries and I have always struggled to find the same level of authentic immersion that AMIGOS provided me. The Azuero project provided me with a lot of insight into how environmental issues are addressed in Panama and lots of Spanish practice. I can't recommend this program enough!

91 people found this review helpful.

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