Panama

Transformative connections and wonderful memories in El Hatillo, Panama

Our first day was filled with travel. Although our group was initially reserved, we began to connect with one another on the bus ride from the airport. Our drive was delayed by road blockages from protests against extreme gas prices; this did not stop our newly-acquired elevated spirit from running its course. We arrived in […]

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Xavier HS students and the Panamanian community of San Francisco de Piriati earn the title of 200th court

The story of this court you are about to hear is entirely true. I promise. The start to our trip was great, we spent many hours bonding with our new teammates in the Newark airport. I started recording everyone’s moods throughout the travel day and the excitement grew as the day went on. It is […]

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A new family among families in Torti, Panama

A trip nothing short of exceeding our wildest expectations. This summer’s Courts for Kids trip to Torti, Panama left us all with lifelong memories, laughs, and tears when leaving such an amazing community that gave us the best hospitality and relationships. Compared to other Courts for Kids’ trips, this one was unique as we had […]

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A home away from home for Jesuit HS New Orleans students in Boca de las Minas, Panama.

Nervousness and uncertainty were the best ways to describe our group checking in at the airport. Everyone guessing what the beds would be like and whether we would get sick from the food. However, arriving in Panama City was a complete shock. I have been told of the simple housing, lack of electricity, and unclean […]

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Deep connections that transcend language were made between Camas HS students and the community of Los Pilares, Panama

The first official day of the CFK trip was mostly a lot of tired, shy, and anxious students, very slowly (but surely) opening up to each other. Most students were exhausted from waking up early or staying up late, and didn’t care much about interacting with other students they had never met before. However as […]

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University of Texas student athletes felt the impact they have on one another in San Miguel Centro, Panama

August 2019 “ Our American culture is so focused on looks and appearance and clothes that I thought I was going to struggle with being self-conscious. However, I learned that I am able to go a week without a mirror, not worried about what my clothes look like, and remember that appearances aren’t the most […]

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Bellarmine Preparatory “built not just a court, but history” in El Penon, Panama

August 2019 Friday morning, the entire Bellarmine Preparatory group woke up early to drive to the airport for an 8:40 am flight.  We flew from Seattle to Atlanta and from there to Panama City.  There we went through customs and stepped out into the hot, humid night air of Panama.  Juan, and his son, Juan, […]

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A week for Jesuit New Orleans High School students in Cerro Ñeque, Panama went by in a blink of an eye but the memories will last forever

June 2019 After days of packing and dealing with a stressed out mom, it was finally time to head to the airport to begin my journey to Cerro Ñeque, an indigenous village in Panama.  This particular village isn’t near any big cities such as Panama City where we landed.  The village is in fact an […]

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Once strangers, now friends after Southwest Washington students experience life in Los Bajos, Panama.

April 2019 3 am, the morning of March 30th. A group of sleepy students from seven different Clark County high schools dragged themselves out of bed, grabbed their bags and met at Portland International Airport to begin their trip to Panama. We would begin our trip in silence, complete strangers, but return to the same […]

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Flexibility put to the test on a Panama Thanksgiving Break Trip

November 2018 Day 1: Planning to meet at the airport at 3 am, we all had an early wake up call. Aside from the yawns, it was obvious that each of us was filled with excitement and anticipation for the week ahead. After a long day of travel, we landed in Panamá city around 7 […]

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