Ultimate Workout 25 Panama

Project Full
July 22, 2015 - August 3, 2015
Participation Fee
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.


***This project is currently full and not accepting any more registrations. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list or you have been invited as a staff member please contact Rebekah at (916) 774-7700 for more information.

Maranatha’s annual teen project, the Ultimate Workout, is entering its 25th year, and we plan to make this year even better by offering two Ultimate Workouts, one in the United States and one in Panama! Each year, high school aged teens from around the world join the Ultimate Workout and find opportunities to grow physically, socially, and spiritually. This year we are expecting more than 150 volunteers to join together to make a difference in Changuinola, Panama. Maranatha provides all project leadership; we are not currently looking for chaperones and chaperones are not required in order for a teen group to attend.

This group of volunteers will become a family as they construct a church for the Finca 6 congregation which has been meeting in rented buildings for several years. They will also paint and renovate three additional churches in the Changuinola region and conduct medical, dental, and veterinary clinics in five surrounding villages. Lastly, volunteers will also conduct local community outreach and children’s ministry programs. Download the information brochure for more information.

Final deadline for full payment and additional forms is six weeks before the project, June 1.


One-Day Church and Block Walls

Painting and Renovation

Medical and Dental Clinics

Health Education

Community Outreach

Children’s Ministry Programs

David Lopez,
Project Coordinator
Rebekah Widmer,
Assistant Project Coordinator
Loretta Spivey,
Site Leader
Joe Osborn,
Medical Team Leader
Brandon Westgate,
Spiritual Life Coordinator
Monday, July 20
Staff Arrival in Panama City
Tuesday, July 21
Staff Orientation and Training
Wednesday, July 22
Participant Arrival in Panama City
Thursday, July 23
Travel to Site and Orientation
Friday, July 24
First Work Day
Saturday, July 25
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, July 26
Work Days
Saturday, August 1
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, August 2
Return to Panama City, Panama Canal Excursion
Monday, August 3
Departure from Panama City
ARRIVALVolunteers will be asked to arrive in Panama City (airport code PTY) within a specific time frame on July 22, 2015. Staff arrive on July 20. You will be given this time frame upon confirmation. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare. Flights arriving outside of the provided time frame will incur additional fees.
DEPARTUREAll volunteers will be asked to depart from Panama City (PTY) on August 3, 2015.
Changuinola School
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Panama City, Panama. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Panama.

Once you are confirmed, you will receive the exact time frame within which to arrive and depart. Please wait to receive this time frame before booking your flights. After booking your itinerary, please forward a copy to uw@maranatha.org.

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.

United Airlines 2% Discount: Go to www.united.com. Enter the offer code ZUJ8977621 in the offer code box when searching for flights. The prices listed will already reflect the discount.

Delta Airlines 3-5% Discount: Go to www.delta.com. Click on advanced search and enter the code NML42 in the meeting event code box when searching for flights. The prices listed will already reflect the discount.

Beach and Panama Canal

One day during the project we’ll take a break from construction and outreach to visit a local beach in Bocas del Toro, a group of islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Then on the last Sunday, when we return to Panama City, 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.

Completed in 1914, the canal enabled cargo ships to take a more direct route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, instead of traversing the dangerous waters of Cape Horn. The Panama Canal
 is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This short excursion includes a look at a set of working canal locks and a visit to the Panama Canal museum.

Then we’ll stop by some artisan markets for you to pick up some treasures to remember Panama or to give to your friends and family who supported you on the project. The costs of the excursions are included in your participation fee, but any gift purchases will be your own responsibility.

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.