Multiple Group Project 2018

Project Full
Dates
March 22, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Location
Panama
Participation Fee
$895
What's Included

Overview

Small groups will join together to help build a large Education and Evangelism Center for a new primary school near Dolega, Panama. The Education and Evangelism Center is a large building with 10 classrooms, a gymnasium/auditorium, offices, and bathroom. This school will be the only private school in that specific region, and the only one teaching Christian values. It is sure to make a big impact in the community. In addition to laying block on the large school facility, volunteers will also conduct local community outreach such as children’s ministry programs and health education.

The Multiple Group Project is an opportunity for small teams of 15 or less to experience a Maranatha mission project and train the leaders to head a project in the future. Participants with experience as a cook, spiritual leader, construction superintendent, team medic, children’s ministry leader, etc, are needed and will easily be integrated into overall group activities. All teams will join together for a large group experience while maintaining the intimacy of their own small group. Small groups may come from schools, churches, families, work groups, or other entities.

Small Group leaders will be able to register on this page. If you are an individual who is joining a small group or would like to join this trip without a group, please review the information brochure and contact your group leader or Maranatha for a different registration link.

Scope

Masonry on School Building

Medical/Dental Clinics

Children’s Ministry and Community Outreach

Leaders
Steve Case,
Project Coordinator
Luther Findley,
Construction Superintendent
Maggie Petersen,
Head Cook
Mark Turner,
Dental Team Leader
Mary Johnson,
Children's Ministry Leader
Itinerary
Thursday, March 22
Arrival in Panama City and travel to Boquete
Friday, March 23
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, March 24
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, March 25
Work Days
Tuesday, March 27
Isla Gomez Excursion
Wednesday, March 28
Work Days
Saturday, March 31
Worship with the Local Congregation, Evening travel back to Panama City
Sunday, April 1
Panama Canal and evening departures from Panama City
Monday, April 2
Optional departure day (extra fee)
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Panama City, Panama (airport code PTY) on Thursday, March 22 anytime between 10am and 9:30pm.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Panama City, Panama (airport code PTY) in the afternoon or evening of Sunday, April 1, after 3pm.
Hotel Fundadores
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Panama City, Panama. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Panama City. The group will board buses and depart in waves for Boquete, Panama. The earlier you arrive in Panama City, the earlier you will arrive at the hotel.

At the end of the project, volunteers will return to Panama City and visit the Panama Canal, then take afternoon and evening flights out of Panama City. Some airlines only fly out in the morning, so for an additional cost of $70 per person, volunteers can choose to spend the night and depart in the morning of Monday, April 2.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. Booking outside the posted windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project. More detailed information is available in the information packet, available for download above.

Travel Resources

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

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

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

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

Excursions
Isla Gomez and Panama Canal

On Tuesday, during the project, the group will take a day to visit Isla Gómez, a small island off the Pacific coast of Panama. The island is in a national park and is rather “untouched” but beautiful. The group will bus approximately an hour and 45 minutes to Boca Chica, where they will board 12-passenger boats that will take them an additional 30 minutes out to the island.

Once on the island, volunteers can relax on the beach, swim in the calm water, snorkel, and explore the island. 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 before heading back to the mainland.

At the end of the project, volunteers will return to Panama City where they’ll have the chance to see an important part of Panamanian and American history when they visit the Panama Canal. Completed in 1914, the canal, which cuts across the Isthmus of Panama, enabled cargo ships to take a more direct route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific (and vice versa), 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 stop at the Miraflores lookout tower, which gives a view of the working canal locks, and a visit to the visitor’s center which includes a three-level museum, 10-minute informative movie, and gift shop.

After visiting the canal, the group will stop by artisan markets for souvenir shopping before heading to the airport for late afternoon and evening departures.

Panama Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Panama City

POPULATION

3,510,045

LANGUAGE

Spanish and Some English

CLIMATE

Tropical, hot and humid. Long rainy season from May to January.

RELIGION

Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%

CURRENCY

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.