Ultimate Workout Reunion

Project Full
December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Participation Fee
What's Included


Volunteers will be going to Panama to refurbish one of the churches built by Ultimate Workout volunteers who visited the country in 1996. Churches in Panama experience regular use, and the constant sun and rain showers create wear and tear on the buildings. This is an opportunity for volunteers to give one church a much needed facelift by painting it inside and out.

In addition to connecting with the past, volunteers will also look to the future by assembling two One-Day Church buildings that will be used as a church and Sabbath school classroom for a local congregation. The group will also conduct outreach projects in the local community. After the project, the group will have the opportunity to participate in a local excursion. Scholarships are available for UW Alumni.

This project is geared towards volunteers who have a previous connection with the Ultimate Workout through personal experience or through the experience of a friend or loved one. There will be special times to reflect on UW memories and experiences as well as share how the Ultimate Workout impacted their lives. This project is open to all those willing to share in these memories and have a willing heart for service.


Two One-Day Churches



Dan Skau,
Project Coordinator
Dwain Esmond,
Spiritual Coordinator
Daniel Medrano,
Co-Construction Superintendent
Jose Diaz,
Co-Construction Superintendent
Friday, December 26
Arrival in Panama City and spend the night
Saturday, December 27
Travel to Bongo Abajo
Sunday, December 28
Work days
Thursday, January 1
Return to Panama City
Friday, January 2
Panama Canal Excursion
Saturday, January 3
Emberá Indian Excursion
Sunday, January 4
Departure from Panama City
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Panama City (airport code PTY) in the afternoon or evening of Friday, December 26.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREPlease plan to depart from Panama City (PTY) in the morning of Sunday, January 4.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the capital
of Panama City. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project. Volunteers will spend the first night at the Riande Airport Hotel in Panama City before traveling together by bus to Bongo Abajo the following morning

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at edpenha@azumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for the best fares.

Panama Canal and Emberá Indian Village

After completing the renovations at Bongo Abajo, volunteers will return to Panama City for excursion activities. The first excursion will be a full day cruise on through the Panama Canal aboard the Pacific Queen. The tour starts in the Pacific Ocean, passes under the Bridge of the Americas, traverses through two sets of locks, and ends at Gatun Lake on the Atlantic side of Panama. Breakfast and lunch are provided on the boat. The following day, the group will take a trip in dugout canoes to an Emberá Indian Village where you will see, first hand, how the indigenous people live day to day. That afternoon the group will go to a nearby zoo that is part of a national park in Panama. The cost of these excursions is included in your participation fee.

Panama Facts & Figures


Panama City




Spanish and Some English


Tropical, hot and humid. Long rainy season from May to January.


Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%


U.S. Dollar

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.