Panama

Notre Dame Preparatory in El Cacao, Panama

  Have you ever gotten the feeling that you are home when you arrive someplace completely new? That is the way 19 students from Baltimore, Maryland, felt upon arrival in Panama. At the airport, two schoolteachers met and rode with us to El Cacao, where we would be staying for the next seven days.  At […]

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Jesuit High School: from Portland to Panama

“What have I gotten myself into!?” That was my initial thought on my first night in the village of Ipetí in the Embera region of Panama.  After prepping the students, researching the area, getting the proper shots, packing so carefully, and readying my body for the physical work ahead, why would this be my thinking? […]

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Union High School Students in Los Coralillos, Panama

I’ll admit it, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one: when I showed up at the Seattle airport at 8:32 p.m. the excited feeling in my gut was lined with the shiver of nervousness and something that felt like fear. A million questions and concerns raced through my mind: What if I did get […]

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University of Central Florida ‘Knights Without Borders’ in Tucuesito, Panama

Joy. Exhaustion. Love. Pain. Gratitude. Compassion. Fun. Fear. Lifelong friendships. Adversity. Family. Adventure. Sports. Hard work pays off. Selflessness. Pure genuine happiness. These are just some of the feelings and thoughts that come to mind when I think about my experience with Courts for Kids. I went to Costa Rica in August of 2015 and […]

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FCA Portland Volunteers in Curti, Panama

I have had opportunities to serve throughout my life in many different capacities. Child care at church, volunteering at different events, a mission trip to Nigeria, and many other ways.  Each opportunity provides unique differences in how we serve.  However, it is the element of each opportunity that is the same that continues to fuel […]

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Jesuit HS New Orleans Volunteers in Daypuru, Panama

Our boat suddenly stopped; I couldn’t understand the Spanish our captain was speaking. “We need to get out of the boat,” the Peace Corps volunteer stated bluntly. “Are you serious?” asked a student. “Yes,” he replied, “and we need to hurry because the tide is going down.” I quickly found myself standing in knee-deep water […]

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Jesuit HS Portland students in El Zapallal, Panama

On June 12, 2016 a group of 22 students and 2 chaperones from Jesuit Portland came to Panama to help build a court in the province of Darien, in the far, wild east of Panama. Our community El Zapallal is predominantly Afro-Panamanian, but is also composed of indigenous Emberas and Latinos of Spanish roots. To […]

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Camas & Heritage High School volunteers in Bahía Honda, Panama

3:30 am, April 2: It was an early morning for this group of 20 students from Camas and Heritage High Schools and their 3 chaperones. Faces were sleepy, but more excited than anything. As the pre-trip photo was taken, and goodbyes exchanged with families, the group embarked on a journey that was bound to have […]

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Notre Dame Prep in Pigandí, Panama

  “Por qué no?”  This was the motto of Notre Dame Prep’s trip to Pigandí, Panama with Courts for Kids.  On the surface, this experience seems like a trip to build a court for the community of Pigandí, but it was so much more than that.  This trip, above all, was about building relationships and […]

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University of Oregon Athletes in Cañaza, Panama

After about 40 hours of traveling, 18 fellow athletes, four faculty members and I stepped off the bus in the community of Cañaza. We were greeted with a celebration. Drums were played, a welcome sign was held and a traditional dance was performed by some of the women of the community. We went around meeting […]

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