Ultimate Workout 27

Project Full
July 19 - 30, 2017
Participation Fee
What's Included


***This project is currently only open for remaining staff members. To be placed on the wait list, register on this page and you’ll be added to the waiting list. If a place opens, you will be notified in the order placed on the waiting list. For questions contact Maranatha at (916) 774-7700 and speak with Rebekah.***

Maranatha’s annual teen project, the Ultimate Workout, is entering its 27th year, and we’re headed to 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 120 volunteers to join together to make a difference in Panama. Maranatha provides all project leadership; chaperones are not required in order for a teen or group of teens to attend. In fact, adults are not allowed on the project unless they are leadership and teens are encouraged to experience the trip without a chaperone from their local area.

This group of volunteers will become a family as they construct a church, pour a foundation for a large school facility, paint a church, assemble a One Day Church structure that will be used as a community building, conduct local community outreach and children’s programs, and hold medical and dental clinics in surrounding villages.

Register soon to secure your spot. Final deadline for full payment and additional forms is six weeks before the project: June 1, 2017.


Masonry Construction

Floor and Foundation Pouring


One Day Church Construction

Medical and Dental Clinics

Children’s Ministry Programs


David Lopez,
Project Coordinator
Rebekah Shephard,
Project Coordinator
Loretta Spivey,
Team Leader
Joe and Lee Osborn,
Medical Team Coordinators
Monday, July 17
Staff arrival in David
Tuesday, July 18
Staff Orientation and Training
Wednesday, July 19
Participant Arrival in Panama City. Bus to David.
Thursday, July 20
Orientation and Partial Work Day
Friday, July 21
Work Day
Saturday, July 22
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, July 23
Work Days
Wednesday, July 26
Excursion to Isla Bolanos
Thursday, July 27
Work Days
Saturday, July 29
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, July 30
Departure from Panama City
ARRIVALParticipant will arrive in Panama City (airport code PTY) on Wednesday, July 19. Staff will arrive in David (airport code DAV) on Monday, July 17. You will be given an exact time frame upon confirmation. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREAll Volunteers will depart from Panama City (airport code PTY) on Sunday, July 30.
Evangelical Camp
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Panama City, Panama or David, Panama depending on if they are participants and staff. 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. Any tickets outside of these guidelines will result in additional fees.

After booking, please forward a copy of your itinerary to uw@maranatha.org.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-777-5149 or by email with Erle Dpenha or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.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 discounted booking fees.

Isla Bolanos

During the project, we’ll visit Isla Bolanos, a small island off the Pacific coast of Panama. The island is a national park and is rather “untouched” but beautiful. We will take a bus to Boca Chica and board 12-passenger boats that will take us the 30-minute ride to Isla Bolanos.

Once on the island, volunteers can relax on the beach, swim in the calm water, snorkel at the reef, or hike to the other side of the island. Thick soled sandals are recommended for the hike. Maranatha will provide a few snorkeling masks, but if you have your own mask and snorkel it would be great if you would bring it along. Since the island is a national park there are no chairs or permanent fixtures on the beach. If you have portable chairs or hammocks that you want to bring, they would be useful on the excursion day. We will spend a few hours on the island, and a meal will be provided on the island before we head back to the mainland.

There won’t be a lot of opportunities to buy souvenirs because we aren’t working in a “touristy” area, but we are planning on taking each site to a town called Boquete, where there are some souvenir shops to visit. The airport in Panama City also has a few stores as you are departing the country if you didn’t get everything you wanted.

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.