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Panama

There’s a lot to love about this tropical paradise

Long a crossroads for culture and business due to the canal that runs through it, Panama makes perfect sense as a host country due to its smorgasbord of African, American Indian, North American, and Spanish influences. While definitely a melting pot due to steady immigration, rich cultural traditions unique to Panama still abound due to an indigenous population that has taken painstaking efforts to maintain their traditions.

On the natural side, Panama’s pristine rainforests, mist-topped mountains, and unspoiled coastlines provided an enviable backdrop to engage in place-based learning. Due to the pleasant surroundings, many of our student-bonding activities take place on Panama’s sandy beaches and in its crystal waters.

For their home base, students spent the term living in dormitories just outside of Panama City in the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge). Consisting of 200+ buildings and over 5,000 residents, the Ciudad del Saber is an independently-run hub of innovation constructed on the former Fort Clayton military base. Ciudad del Saber is now home to myriad innovators, researchers, students, and educators, many of whom attend and work at the international universities who maintain campuses there. Like our students, everyone who resides in the Ciudad del Saber aspire to achieve human and sustainable development through the pursuit of knowledge.

Project opportunities for students in Panama include creating innovative products and an accompanying business plan in a fabrication lab, exploring Panama’s hidden anthropological treasures by creating a documentary film, and a deep dive into the concept of blockchain.

Zheka ’20

ON HER PANAMA TERM

“It was the first country during my TGS career where I managed to meditate on my own, and this says a lot. Panama was absolutely stunning in every possible sense. Also, the Nutella brioche at Playa Venao was an absolute highlight!”

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Planned Projects

  • How can students design an innovative product in a fabrication lab that solves a problem?

  • Creating a documentary that represents a local cultural phenomenon viewed through either a social, political, economic, environmental, or demographic lens

  • Designing the schematic for a decentralized application on a blockchain framework that improves security, efficiency, or quality of life for a target industry or community

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Explore our 2020 Panama term in this detailed write up.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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