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  • Locations: Chicá, Panama; City of Knowledge, Panama
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Nancy Di Bella
Sponsoring College:
Honors College
Program Description:
This program is open to students that are members of the USF Honors College.

Program Overview

 
Come and be part of this Spring Break 2017 trip. Develop an understanding of Latin American culture, visit and understand the life of a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Panama, serve in a developing world water project with a Peace Corps volunteer, and participate in an indigenous community's cultural activities. Learn about this historic country and its’ important role in the Caribbean region and to the US. Experience the excitement of Panama City as well as the rural regions deep in the interior of this country. Donate time, energy, and good-will to assist to build the capacity of a rural organization that is helping children and families three hours or so from the city center. Learn what it is like to be part of a community action team, learn what it means to be a community planner, learn what it means to know you can make a difference by being part of a larger effort to help others. 

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Locations

 
This week-trip will be in Panamá. The group lands in Panama City and spends the first night there. Then, the group is off to start collaborative work. There will be adventures and transformative experiences along the way.  The group returns to explore Panama City. The last day is spent at the Indigenous traditional village of the Embera tribe, deep in the rain forest. Visit http://www.visitpanama.com/ to see more about this beautiful country.
 

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Academic Program and Course Information


This is a culture and service experience and has no academic credit attached.

Itinerary:

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Travel to Panama
Tour- Panama Canal
Lunch
Flight to David
Transportation to San Felix
Check in at San Felix dorms
Dinner

Monday, March 13, 2017
Breakfast
Community Work-
Group 1- Peace Corps
Group 2- Public Health
Lunch
Community Work-
Group 1- Peace Corps
Group 2- Public Health
Dinner

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Breakfast
Community Work-
Group 1- Peace Corps
Group 2- Public Health
Lunch
Community Work-
Group 1- Peace Corps
Group 2- Public Health
Dinner

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Breakfast
Community Work-
Group 1- Public Health
Group 2- Peace Corps
Lunch
Community Work-
Group 1- Public Health
Group 2- Peace Corps
Dinner

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Breakfast
Community Work-
Group 1- Public Health
Group 2- Peace Corps
Lunch
Community Work-
Group 1- Public Health
Group 2- Peace Corps
Travel to David
Flight to Panama
Check in -City of Knowledge Dorms
Group Farewell Dinner at Pencas Restaurant

Friday, March 17, 2017
Breakfast
Day trip to
Embera Village
(Lunch included)
Dinner at:
La Plaza- CofK- Dinner on your own
Back to dorms

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Breakfast
Visit to Casco Antiguo
Lunch
Travel back to U.S.A.







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Group Leaders

Kevin Orner, the program leader, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama from 2009-2011. He was part of the USF Civil & Environmental Engineering Master's International program, which incorporates one year of graduate study with two years of Peace Corps service. Kevin is fluent in Spanish and quite familiar with the country. 

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Program Costs

Spring Break 2017: $2,500.00

Honors Travel Scholarships are available to students with good academic standing within the Honors College.


Included

  • Airfare (International and domestic Panama City-Chiriqui)
  • All lodging
  • Meals
  • Planned excursions.
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Group Transportation
  • Farewell Dinner


Not Included

  •  Additional transportation (metros, taxis, etc.)
  •  Passport fees
  •  Luggage fees or other incidentals
  •  Personal expenses


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Living Arrangements


Students will stay at the City of Knowledge in dorm-like en suite rooms.

The living arrangements in San Felix are also dorms.  Bunkbeds in medium (14 people) rooms or large (over 20 people) room.  They are very basic, ceiling fans only, no air conditioning, no hot water.  But very clean and nice setting.  Bathrooms are shared  for the hole dorm building.  I´ll try to get pictures of the bathrooms to illustrate.  Also very clean.  I was there in May and check them myself.  

The setting of San Felix is mountain, rainforest , very quiet, indigenous population mostly in the area.  At the Nuestra Señora del Camino they have some farming activities too, and the place is very pleasant.  All meals are to be prepared by La Fundación personnel and served at their luncheon area or taken to go, depending on daily activities.

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Who Can Participate?


USF Honors College students in good academic standing.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

 


Getting There

Airfare is included in the Program Cost and it is arranged by the Education Abroad Office.
 

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

 

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program.  Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.  

Please click here for more detailed information.

 


Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

 

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad.  Please see our funding page for further details.

 


Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. 

Personal Safety:

While no country is free from the threat of terrorist attack, no such incidents have recently been reported in Argentina. Argentine traffic accidents remain the main source of injury and death for tourists, so caution is advised when crossing roads and highways.

As in any city, students in Panama City should be aware of their surroundings and their belongings, and should not draw particular attention to themselves -- tourists in any area are easy targets.  Excessive drinking is the leading cause of life-threatening instances and emergencies abroad.  As the US State Department site warns, a large number of crimes take place in and around drinking establishments in Panama. 

Scams:

A common scam is to spray mustard or a similar substance on the tourist from a distance. A pickpocket will then approach the tourist offering to help clean the stain, and while doing so, he or an accomplice robs the victim. Thieves regularly nab unattended purses, backpacks, laptops, and luggage, and criminals will often distract visitors for a few seconds to steal valuables. While most American victims are not physically injured when robbed, criminals are known to use force when they encounter resistance. Visitors are advised to immediately hand over all cash and valuables if confronted. Thieves may target visitors wearing expensive watches or jewelry, or carrying laptop computer cases.

Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html

To gain a different perspective on safety, you may want to visit other countries' foreign travel websites.  As a point of comparison, we encourage you to see what these sites say about safety in U.S. cities:

Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp#C

Health and Fitness Requirements:

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking.  The USF in Panama program is a largely resident-based program.  Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation.   If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!

The public health system in Panama provides emergency and non-emergency services free of charge to all, regardless of nationality or immigration status. However, the quality of non-emergency care in public hospitals is generally below U.S. standards. Medical care in private hospitals in Panama City is generally good, but varies in quality outside the capital. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization in private facilities and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars or more. Private physicians, clinics, and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.

Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website:  http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/new_website/immunizations.htm


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Special Terms

 

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document.  To view this document before applying, please click here

 


Contacts for More Information

With questions regarding the program's academics:

Kevin Orner

Phone: 813-974-1900
E-mail: korner@mail.usf.edu

Reggie Lucien
Phone: (813) 974-4215
E-mail: lucien@honors.usf.edu

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Nancy Di Bella
Education Abroad Office, International Affairs (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4314 | Fax: (813) 974-4613
E-mail:ndibella@usf.edu
 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.