2020 Troy Panama Program
|Travel Dates:|| March 3, 2020 -
March 12, 2020|
Dates are Tentative
|Program Tuition:||$3,190 - or - $3,031 with discount if paid in full|
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $3,190
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
Panama is a land of contrast. Imagine one of man’s most impressive modern feats of engineering, in the middle of one of the most biodiverse countries on earth. Aside from the canal that makes it famous, Panama is a country full of hidden natural treasures, diverse indigenous cultures, and lessons in sustainability and environmental leadership.
Neither truly part of North nor South America, Panama’s long relationship with the U.S. yields a fascinating blend of Hispanic and English-speaking influences, which, combined with some of the world’s most thriving modern indigenous traditions, creates a beautiful patchwork of cultures at the very heart of the Americas.
Located in the buffer zone of the Soberanía National Park , Soberania Lodge is a modest Bed & Breakfast offering outstanding opportunities for wildlife observation in the adjacent rainforests. Various room configurations are possible, from bunkrooms to singles, they all have air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot showers. On the grounds of the Soberania Lodge you can find a great diversity of animals, ranging from dozens of species of butterflies and moths, to iguanas and lizards, as well as scores of mammals like sloths, tamarin monkeys, night monkeys, kinkajous, agoutis, pacas, coatis, armadillos. Additionally, the bird diversity is impressive with nearly 200 species recorded from the backyard. With aprox. 48,287 acres, the Soberania National Park contains an amazing biodiversity. Even though it is found some 40 minutes from downtown Panama City, this protected area boasts an incredible assortment of wildlife including five species of monkeys, two kinds of sloths and some 400 species of birds; plus thousands of butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, etc. Its geographical position in the middle of Panama allows for a nice variety of species both from Central America, as well as some organisms typically from South America. Located in the small town of Gamboa, in the buffer zone of the Soberanía National
Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Work alongside wildlife scientists on a variety or research programs
Zip-line across lake Gatun
Visit the Panama Canal and watch giant ships transit through the world-famous locks
Hike to a summit in the tropical rainforest
Learn about tropical wildlife firsthand
Explore Indigenous artisan and fish markets
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|1||USA - Panama City||Today we'll fly to Panama, transfer to our hotel in Casco Viejo, and watch the sun set over the capital's skyscrapers as we have dinner.||Casco Viejo Hotel|
|2||Panama City||Today we'll wake up and walk around Casco Viejo. Visit indigenous markets and meet with a representative from the Guna General Congress. After lunch in the historic quarter, we'll visit the Panama Canal Museum and see massive ships passing through the famous locks. Walk along the Cinta Costera and try fresh ceviche at the fish market.||Casco Viejo Hotel|
|3||Panama City - David||We'll have an early morning drive to Howler Monkey Research Center. After we hike into the station, we'll receive an orientation on the next few days' volunteer work. After we get settled, we'll have a group activity in the evening to set some expectations before beginning our volunteer work.||Howler Monkey Research Center|
|4||David||The next few days will be focused on volunteering at a primate research center alongside scientists and researchers. We will assist in activities that promote the sanctuary's core mission and goals. Activities will range from tracking and observing wild primates , to feeding and rehabilitating captive animals , to various surveys and camp maintenance tasks . See below for more information on the research project with whom we'll be working.||Howler Monkey Research Center|
|5||David||Continuation of work at research center. Various group activities will be interspersed throughout volunteer work, including biodiversity hikes, structured reflections, and games.||Howler Monkey Research Center|
|6||David||Continuation of work at research center. Hike into the mountains to visit indigenous Nobe-Bugle communities and participate in their collaborations with our conservation project.||Howler Monkey Research Center|
|7||David||Continuation of work at research center.||Howler Monkey Research Center|
|8||David||Continuation of work at research center.||Howler Monkey Research Center|
|9||David - Boquete||Today we'll say goodbye to our friends at the Sanctuary, and depart for Boquete, a small town just an hour or so away into the mountains. We'll settle into our hotel, get our bearings in the town then hike to a secluded waterfall in the cloud forest.||Boquete Hotel|
|10||Boquete||This morning we'll visit the home of a local family that has grown coffee here for a century. We'll have a coffee tasting before lunch then go zip-lining through the canopy of the cloud forest in the afternoon.||Boquete Hotel|
|11||Boquete - Panama City||Drive back to Panama City in the morning, stopping at a beach along the way to enjoy the waves in the Pacific Ocean and go snorkeling if time permits. Finish the night with a goodbye dinner and live music in the vibrant historic quarter of Panama City||Casco Viejo Hotel|
|12||Panama City - USA||Drive through downtown Panama City and past mangroves to the airport, where we'll board our flight home!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
Your Adventure Includes
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
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