Summer Family Project 2015

Project Full
June 18 - 28, 2015
Participation Fee
$895 for adults and youth. $745 for children ages 12 and under.
What's Included


Maranatha offers at least two family projects each year that provide service opportunities for every member of your family, both young and old. This year, families on the Summer Family Project will join together build a church, paint additional churches, construct block walls for Sabbath school classrooms, and conduct children’s ministry programs, English language lessons, and health education programs for the local community. Also, young volunteers will be able to participate in special activities that will share insights into life in Panama.


Completed Block Church

Block Walls for Sabbath School Classrooms


Health Education

Children’s Ministry Programs

English Language Lessons


Steve Case,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Maggie Petersen,
Head Cook
Ernie and Keri Medina,
Health Education and Children's Ministry
Thomas and Vivian Makowski,
Team Medic and Children's Ministry
Thursday, June 18
Arrival in Panama City
Friday, June 19
Orientation and first work day
Saturday, June 20
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, June 21
Work days
Tuesday, June 23
Island and Colonial Town excursion
Wednesday, June 24
Work Day
Thursday, June 25
Work Day and Panama Canal optional excursion
Friday, June 26
Word Day
Saturday, June 27
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, June 28
Departure from Panama City
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Panama City (airport code PTY) in the afternoon or evening of Thursday, June 18, 2015.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 Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the capital city of Panama City, and travel together by private bus to the project location.

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.


Island and Colonial Town

Volunteers will have the opportunity to see the Caribbean side of Panama when they travel to the colonial town of Portobelo. The port was originally used for silver exporting and the protection of the northern seaboard. Now it stands in ruins where visitors can explore the barracks of the fort and see the remnants of war cannons. In addition, the town is well known for the Church of the Black Christ, the large cathedral in town also known as the Church of San Felipe. It is home to one of the major religious festivals in Panama. After visiting the town of Portobelo, volunteers will take a short boat ride to an island off the coast where the group will spend the afternoon enjoying rest and relaxation. The majority of the beach is sand and does not have a whole lot of wild life, but if you are interested in snorkeling, please remember to bring your own equipment. This excursion is included in your participation fee.

Panama Canal - $20

The Summer Family Project took place in Panama two years ago, and volunteers on that trip visited the Panama Canal. Project leadership for this year’s trip decided that a trip to the Caribbean side of Panama might be a better option for the group excursion since many in the group will have already seen the Canal. However, the Canal is still one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and we want to make sure that those who haven’t had a chance to see the Canal (or those who wish to see it again) have that opportunity to do so on this trip.

On Thursday, the day camp for children 12 years old and under will be going to visit the Canal and their participation fee will cover this visit.  We are also opening up this excursion to anyone on the project who would like to see the Canal. Those volunteers who aren’t participating in the day camp will need to cover the extra charge of $20 per person. Please bring this with you in cash and pay the project coordinator upon arrival. The canal is a piece of Panamanian and American history, 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. This short excursion includes an overlook of the working canal locks and entrance to the canal museum, which walks visitors through the history of the canal.

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.