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Panama

FWCD-SAS 2023
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Course Details

DATES
March 12-March 19, 2023

8DAYS

Departure City
Houston (IAH)
TUITION
$2750 (Plus airfare)

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AVAILABILITY
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Alongside our partner, Give and Surf, you will learn about marine conservation, sustainable tourism, climate change, and community development.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This program will immerse you in the incredible archipelago of Bocas del Toro where you will explore coral reefs, mangroves, and rainforests in addition to supporting the afterschool centers run by Give and Surf.

While in Bocas, you will spend your mornings learning about climate change, marine conservation, and the unique ecosystems of Bocas from several local nonprofits working on conservation efforts. In the afternoon, you will support local teachers in an afterschool center leading activities around marine and environmental education. You will also have the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, connect with local residents, hike to empty beaches, and snorkel coral reefs.

*Please note that programs are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Practice speaking Spanish while meeting with residents and nonprofit leaders.

Experience the rich biodiversity of the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

Support afterschool centers by running workshops for local children.

Course Elements

1 is the least rigorous, 5 is the most rigorous

5
LEARNING SERVICE
You will learn about conservation from local nonprofits and deliver lessons and enrichment activities at local community centers.
5
CURRICULUM
Prior to your travels, you will complete an online curriculum to gain background knowledge for your experience. While traveling, you will learn through engaging articles, cultural experiences, and group reflections.
2
TREKKING
You will primarily walk or take boats to local sites. You will also have the opportunity to explore various sites on the island on a couple of long day hikes.
3
LIVING CONDITIONS
While at the project site, you will live in simple dorm rooms at a local hostel. While in Panama City, the group will also stay in a hostel.
2
ON THE MOVE
After arriving in Panama City, you will take a short flight to the islands of Bocas del Toro. Once in Bocas, you will be based on the island of Bastimentos.
3
REMOTENESS
You will spend the majority of your time on Bastimentos Island, a small island without cars, that is a 10-minute boat ride from the main town of Bocas del Toro.

Itinerary

1

Depart from Houston (IAH), and begin group orientation in Panama City.

2

Morning flight to Bocas. Welcome & orientation. Volunteering at community centers.

3

Chocolate Farm Tour. Volunteering at community centers.

4

Guest Speaker(s) & Lesson Planning. Volunteering at community centers.

5

Jungle hike and tour with Rutilio Milton. Volunteering at community centers.

6

Snorkeling & boat tour of islands. Volunteering at community centers.

7

Visit Bocas town. Afternoon flight back to Panama City.

8

½ day Panama City tour. Return flight home.

NOTE

Itineraries are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

Panama : In Three Phases

1

PRE-COURSE CURRICULUM

Prior to your departure, you will be guided by your course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons designed to help you engage with other members of your group while gaining important context for your experience.

2

FIELD STUDY

The majority of the days at each site are spent learning from our local partners and serving alongside them shoulder-to-shoulder. You will learn through service and experiences designed to help you understand the local context, culture, and history.

3

LIFELONG NETWORK

Ethical leadership is a lifelong journey. After your experience, you will become a part of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder network. This network of past alumni and partners is designed to inspire and support your journey in ethical leadership.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, you will spend time reflecting and processing your experience. The posts below are from past programs.

How Do You Say, "I Have A Gift For You?"

Everyday that we have been in Bocas Del Toro, two of my group members and I have spent an hour at a local restaurant in Cristobol teaching the moms who own the restaurant English. We spent our time teaching them common restaurant phrases such as what would you like to eat, my name is, and how are yo...

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Pure Joy

Today was our last day at San Cristóbal. Two of our leaders let us have a last hurrah with the kids. They provided us with a piñata. The second we got off the boat with the piñata all of the kids started rushing to the community center. It was a really special moment being able to see how happy all...

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A Different Perspective

Working in the community center for the past couple of days has definitely been a change from the active soccer games, piggy back rides and tag that were ever present in the first week of working with the kids. It has taken some getting used to, but having my leg contained in a cast has enabled me t...

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Polo Beach

The past few days we've had the chance to explore the local sites on Bocas. In the midst of our journey we came upon a man by the name of Polo. An eccentric man, Polo has lived on “Polo beach” for 55 years, aptly named after him. Once a millionaire, he blew all his money very quickly and now is supp...

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Important Details

TUITION*

Tuition: $2750

Please note that tuition does not include airfare.

AIRFARE*

$1288

*All students must register and pay for their flight using this link from our partner, Student Universe.   

REGISTRATION

To register for this program and complete all required paperwork, please create a CampSite account with the link below.

Enrollment code: panama-23

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group flight

Departing Flight (March 12)

United Airlines # 1034 Houston, TX (IAH) 2:29 PM Arrive Panama City, Panama 6:38 PM

Returning Flight (March 19)

United Airlines # 1033 Panama City, Panama 3:30 PM Arrive Houston, TX (IAH) 7:46 PM

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

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