2020 Troy Panama Program

Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2020 Troy Panama Program. We are thrilled to be partnering with Troy High School! Please read through the details about your program below and peruse our Resource Center, which contains lots of helpful information about our organization, tuition, safety, insurance, and more. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Panama!
Travel Dates: March 3, 2020 - March 12, 2020
Dates are Tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,190 USD - or - $3,090 USD with discount if paid in full
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

Tuition Calculator

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 $100 discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:


due today

Payment Plan

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:


per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

All prices in United States Dollars.


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

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Program Highlights

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

The Itinerary

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. 

1USA - Panama CityToday 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
2Panama CityToday 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
3Panama City - DavidWe'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
4DavidThe 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
5DavidContinuation 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
6DavidContinuation 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
7DavidContinuation of work at research center.Howler Monkey Research Center
8DavidContinuation of work at research center.Howler Monkey Research Center
9David - BoqueteToday 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
10BoqueteThis 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
11Boquete - Panama CityDrive 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 CityCasco Viejo Hotel
12Panama City - USADrive 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.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 


Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Refugio del Rio

Refugio del Rio is a locally owned hostel in the center of Boquete. Each room is uniquely designed and spacious. This hostel also has a communal kitchen and common room.

Safety and Support


I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.

Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica

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 funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, shade-grown, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!


WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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