C.U.R.E. Clinics - Panama 2020
About the Trip
Join Project C.U.R.E. as we partner with FundAyuda to run our fourth C.U.R.E. Clinic together in Panama. Since 2010 FundAyuda has sponsored 17 containers to Panama! While working with Project C.U.R.E. you will have the opportunity to participate in a combination of mobile clinics and patient education to surrounding areas. Previous trips have taken us to the countryside of Cocle and the mountains of Veraguas.
We hope you join us as we return to Panama to support our partner in delivering health and hope to the people of Panama!
About the Country
Panama, officially called the Republic of Panama, is a country on the isthmus that links Central and South America. Panama is 29,157 square miles in size and hosts a population of 3.6 million people, nearly half of whom live in Panama City, the country’s capital and largest city. Backing from the United States allowed for Panama’s secession from Colombia in 1903 as well as the construction of the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914, which has since become an essential shipping route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Total transfer of the Canal from the U.S. to Panama in 1977 in conjunction with increasing growth in commerce, banking and tourism has allowed Panama to become the second largest and fastest growing economy in Central America. Panama has a rugged geography of mountains, more than 500 rivers, and tropical jungle that covers nearly 40 percent of its land area.
About the Clinics Site
The site for our 2020 Panama clinics has not yet been chosen. Our partner FundAyuda is working with the Panamanian Ministry of Health to determine where our services are needed most. The Ministry of Health will be partnering with us once again and providing personal and support to our mission. Panama is a great trip due to all of the in-country collaboration and support by local partners and government agencies!
Panama is a diverse and beautiful country with mountains, forests and ocean. Wherever we end up this year it is sure to be another great experience.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Panama is $ 2,000. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel bag with a Project C.U.R.E. scrub set, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Panama. International airfare, visa fees, and vaccinations are NOT included in the program cost. Find suggested flight itineraries [link_coming_soon]. If the flight is not listed yet, please be patient, we will have it up shortly. If you would like assistance in booking your flight, please contact our travel agent, Kimi Pinero at Mission Nation Travel. There is a $30 booking fee but Kimi has access to reduced humanitarian flights.
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Your excursion begins as you depart in the morning on a flight to Panama City, Panama. Arrive in Panama Saturday evening and spend your first night in Panama City.
Day 2: Depart Panama City in the morning and travel to the C.U.R.E. Clinics site. Spend Sunday afternoon unpacking and sorting the medical equipment you have brought, and prepare for a hard day of work in the clinic on Monday.
Day 3: Give back to the local community by providing primary medical care on your first clinic day in the country.
Day 4: Enjoy another working day providing both health and hope to the Panamanian people.
Day 5: There are more patients to be seen! It’s time to get back to the fulfilling work of delivering health and hope.
Day 6: Last Clinic day. Enjoy your time serving the local people of Panama.
Day 7: Time to relax and have fun. Culture Excursion Day.
Day 8: Now it's time to check out the city. We'll tour the Panama Canal and historic Casco Viejo.
Day 9: Depart Panama City in the morning and travel back to your homes feeling accomplished about helping others and contributing in a personal and meaningful way to those in need.
The first Project C.U.R.E Clinics trip to Panama happened in February 2016. Check out pictures from 2017 here. Click here to see Project C.U.R.E.'s work in 2018!