Ultimate Workout Alumni Project 2016

Project Full
December 26, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Participation Fee
$550 Alumni. $700 Non Alumni.
What's Included


In 2014 Ultimate Workout Alumni volunteer traveled to Panama to renovate a church that Ultimate Workout volunteers had constructed in 1996. Then, just a few weeks before the project was to begin, an UW veteran, named Gabriel Modiga, passed away. Many of the volunteers committed to the 2014 reunion project knew Gabriel, and suddenly their upcoming mission trip took on a deeper meaning.

At the project, volunteers not only renovated the church, they also raised enough money to construct two One-Day Church buildings to be used as Sabbath School classrooms for another congregation in Varital Este. They dedicated the project and the new buildings to Gabriel, and placed memorial plaques at the structures.

The following year, Gabriel’s parents participated on the UW Reunion Project in Corozo, Panama. While there, the group went to Varital Este to visit the congregation where they had built the One-Day Church frames. The volunteers learned that the congregation was struggling financially, and they had been unable to raise the money to complete the walls of the new buildings. While both structures were being used weekly, they did not have walls yet.

An idea was sparked, and the group decided to fundraise and return the following year (2016) to complete the walls.

Now, everyone is invited to return to Panama to complete the walls for both of these Sabbath school structures as well as paint the church sanctuary that was built by the church members. In addition, the group will conduct local community outreach in the community.

This project specifically targets UW veterans from the past 26 years. However, those who have had a connection to the UW through family and friends are also invited, as well as those who feel called to serve in this ministry. We are expecting a small group of 15-30 volunteers to join this project. You’re invited to be a part of it!



Church Painting


Dan Skau,
Project Coordinator
Daniel Medrano,
Construction Superintendent
Dwain Esmond,
Spiritual Coordinator
Loretta Jessop,
Head Cook
Jessica Perez,
Team Medic
Alex Slikkers,
Lead Mason
Jayden Dalke,
Lead Mason
Monday, December 26
Arrival in David
Tuesday, December 27
Work Days
Saturday, December 31
Sunday, January 1
Work Days
Thursday, January 5
Local Excursion in Boquete
Sunday, January 8
Departure from David
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in David, Panama (airport code DAV) in the evening of Monday, December 26, 2016. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from David, Panama (DAV) in the morning of Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from David, Panama, where you will be met by Maranatha representatives. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is still space on the project. More specific flight guidelines are available in the information packet available for download above.

There are very few flights that go directly to David, so you will most likely have to transfer in Panama City, Panama. Please note that Copa Airlines (code share with United) is the only airline that transfers directly from the international airport (PTY – Tocumen). Most other airlines require you to take a flight out of the domestic airport (PAC – Albrook). Maranatha recommends flying with Copa and transferring in the international airport. If you take a flight into Tocumen and out of Albrook, you will need to get your bags, leave the airport, and take a taxi or other form of transportation to the domestic airport across the city. If transferring from Albrook, please allow for at least four hours to make this connection.

Travel Resources

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

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

Faith Ventures Travel Services


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.


At the end of the project volunteers will travel to Boquete, one of the most beautiful ecological areas of the country. There, volunteers will stay at the Lerida Coffee Plantation, a plantation that has been turned into a hotel. Volunteers will get a chance to explore the town and relax at the hotel as well as take part in one of three included excursions: zip lining, bird watching, or a coffee tour. The hotel offers additional activities for an additional $35 per person.

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.