Panama Painting Open Team

October 15 - 27, 2014
Participation Fee
What's Included


Maranatha groups have been very busy in western Panama and have constructed churches for many congregations that previously did not have an adequate place to meet for worship. Volunteers on this project will add the finishing touches to six already blocked and stuccoed buildings in the province of Chiriqui. In addition, volunteers will have the opportunity to join in local community outreach projects such as children’s minister and health education if leadership is available.




Sadie & Ted Torrez,
Project Coordinator & Painting Director
Manuel Brenes,
Maranatha Volunteer Support
Wednesday, October 15
Arrival in Panama City (PTY)
Thursday, October 16
Travel to David
Friday, October 17
Work Day
Saturday, October 18
Worship with the local congregations
Sunday, October 19
Work days with midweek excursion
Saturday, October 25
Worship with the local congregations
Sunday, October 26
Travel to Panama City and visit the Panama Canal
Monday, October 27
Departure from Panama City (PTY)
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Panama City (airport code PTY) on Wednesday, October 15.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) on the morning of Monday, October 27
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. The first night will be spent at the Riande Aeropuerto Hotel in Panama City.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel :
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at
Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


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

Boquete - Included

Boquete is a small town along the Caldera. It is located about 4,000 feet above sea level, making the area much cooler than the lowlands of central Panama. Boquete is surrounded by beautiful rain forest and luscious scenery, and according to Lonely Planet, it is “one of the country’s top destinations for outdoor lovers.” Hikers enjoy trekking on the Sendero de los Quetzales, a trail passing through the forest to the nearby Barú volcano. Volunteers on the Panama Open Team will have a day to explore shops in town as well as explore trails and waterways. There will also be the option to go horseback riding, zip lining, or rafting; however, the fee for some of the activities may exceed the amount budgeted for our excursions.
If you plan to participate in many excursion activities, please be prepared to cover the additional cost.

Panama Canal - Included

Volunteers will have the unique experience of seeing Panamanian and American history when they visit the Panama Canal, which cuts across the Isthmus of Panama. Work on the canal was finished in 1914, and it enabled sailors carrying trading goods to make a more direct route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, instead of traversing the dangerous waters of Cape Horn. Ownership of the canal passed from the Colombian government to the French and eventually the American government, until it finally was returned to Panama in 1999. The Panama Canal is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

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.