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Youth-High School Groups Grade 10-12

New Cultural Perspective, Adventure & Learning.

Youth-High School Groups Grade 10-12

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Looking for an AMAZING GRAD GIFT for yourself or your child!? LOOK NO FURTHER! This is a gift they will NEVER FORGET.

The absolute best way to gain a broader perspective in life is to travel. Travel in a way that stretches you to observe and be a part of how another part of the world lives. Our Go Across Travel team in Panamá has designed this program with high school students in mind. We will introduce you to areas of the world that will undoubtely make you think and reflect. We will introduce you to people that have overcome great adversity in spite of their social and financial demographic.

We think Panamá is one of the coolest, most diverse places in the world! The BEACHES, the OLD HISTORIC TOWN, THE LITTLE SURFING VILLAGES.....We know Panamá will surprise you with it's diversity and juxtapose of history and people. This 12-day discovery program is the perfect amount of time to start to have a BLAST in a new country, HAVE FUN and plant the seed for your LOVE of authentic travel.

Our MISSION is to introduce you to this country that we have lived in, WITH our families for over 14 years! YES IT IS SAFE!!! We will introduce you to so many wonderful people that will assist you in understanding what it means to be a global citizen. A citizen that reflects, asks questions and searches for a deeper understanding about protecting the planet, understanding other cultures, and the beautiful people within it! All presented in this ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

If you come between March & May you can do this too! This is Skye, Tom and Saúl in La Loma ( where the home stay in a small village portion of our program is! )


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Available Dates

Flexible dates are available to work with your schedule!

Day-to-Day Itinerary

There are no hidden costs! Once you get to Panamá, everything we do is included in the base price! See below for a complete list of the included activities.

  • Day 1 : Arrival Day

    Morning: Airport Greeting and Transfers

    Airport Greeting and Transfers

    Look for the G.A.T. sign and jump on-board!
    Afternoon: FREE

    FREE

    Explore the surroundings with your buddy or take your breath between activities.
    Afternoon: Airport Greeting and Transfers

    Airport Greeting and Transfers

    Look for the G.A.T. sign and jump on-board!
    Evening: Welcome Dinner

    Welcome Dinner

    Traditional Panamanian Food and Show
    Night: Sleep in Casco Viejo

  • Day 2 : Casco Antiguo Day - Unesco World Heritage Jewel

    Morning: Amazing Race Treasure Hunt

    Amazing Race Treasure Hunt

    It's NOT your regular Casco Antigua/Viejo Tour! *HINT If you like to win at games, it's best you familiarize yourself with the above URL link to Casco before running all over the place for clues!
    Evening: Street Gang Tour

    Street Gang Tour

    The reformed gang members share about their experience in the streets as they take you along to show you the other side of San Felipe. Learn about how they turned their lives around and are now positive pillars of their community. A captivating message of hope that will keep you on your toes.
    Night: Sleep in Casco Viejo

    The Old Quarters of Panama City is a treasure full of culture, architecture, and activities. The neighborhood was declared a UNESCO world heritage site for its Spanish, French, and American influences. Strolling along the centuries-old cobblestone streets you will be captivated by the surprising mix of tastefully restored restaurants/cafes intertwined with crowded humble citizens’ apartments as well as abandoned buildings. Learn about the tumultuous past of Panama which influenced world history.

  • Day 3 : Canal & Travel Day

    Morning: Panama Canal - Miraflores Locks and Visitor Center

    Panama Canal - Miraflores Locks and Visitor Center

    Unavoidable! Up close experience of the Panama Canal where vessels are lifted (or lowered) 54 feet (16.5 m) allowing them to transit between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The visitors’ center allows tourists to have a plunging view of the locks in operation. Also includes access to the Museum and the 3D video presentation. Best time to visit is in the morning when many ships are transiting.
    Afternoon: Travel

    Travel

    We make our way to our next destination with stops on the way. Road trip!!
    Afternoon: Travel

    Travel

    We make our way to our next destination with stops on the way. Road trip!!
    Evening: FREE

    FREE

    Explore the surroundings with your buddy or take your breath between activities.
    Night: Sleep in Santa Catalina

  • Day 4 : Coiba & Santa Catalina

    Morning: Scuba Diving Coiba

    Scuba Diving Coiba

    One of the best diving spots in America! This world heritage UNESCO marine reserve is an underwater tropical paradise with more than 800 marine species. Enough said... don't miss it!
    Afternoon: Scuba Diving Coiba

    Scuba Diving Coiba

    One of the best diving spots in America! This world heritage UNESCO marine reserve is an underwater tropical paradise with more than 800 marine species. Enough said... don't miss it!
    Afternoon: Coiba Prison Visit and Nature Exploration

    Coiba Prison Visit and Nature Exploration

    Also called Devil's Island, Coiba was a penal colony until 2004. Explore this undisturbed garden of Eden for the chance to spot the endangered Crested Eagle, the Scarlet Macaw and many of the 140+ species of birds. Mammals like Agoutis, Sloths, Possums, and Howler Monkeys are sure to also cross your path.
    Evening: FREE

    FREE

    Explore the surroundings with your buddy or take your breath between activities.
    Night: Sleep in Santa Catalina

    The beach side town of Santa Catalina is a charming touristic hot spot for surfers, scuba divers, nature watchers, and deep sea anglers. Enjoy the laid back ambiance of hammocks and fine food between each day of activity.

  • Day 5 : El Caño and Waterfalls Day

    Morning: El Caño Archaeological Site

    El Caño Archaeological Site

    Discover these pre-Columbian burial sites dating between 700-1000 AD. The open tombs show the skeletons of the elite rulers of this extinct civilization. Golden breast plates have been found and other impressive artifacts are still being pullout of this active site where scientists have only scratched the surface. Our guides will help you picture the ceremonial lives of these people along the banks of the fertile Rio Grande where intercontinental trade most probably already a trait of the Panamanian land!
    Afternoon: Rio Grande Waterfalls

    Rio Grande Waterfalls

    Any excuse to lower your body's temperature is welcomed in Panama! This well deserved break and pic-nic in the nature is the opportunity to unwind and slow down to the Latino rhythm of life.
    Afternoon: Rio Grande Waterfalls

    Rio Grande Waterfalls

    Any excuse to lower your body's temperature is welcomed in Panama! This well deserved break and pic-nic in the nature is the opportunity to unwind and slow down to the Latino rhythm of life.
    Evening: Evening at the town square in rural Panama

    Evening at the town square in rural Panama

    The town square is the heart of rural villages. Young people hang out together while neighbors catch up on the local news. Often the school marching band might be practicing or a church procession happening.
    Night: Sleep in Anton or Nata de Los Caballeros

    Today a mix of history absorption and chilling in the nature awaits. Hopefully a few of your Panamanian Ambassadors will join us for the cultural immersion to begin.

  • Day 6 : Maria Vicente Community Immersion Day

    Morning: Teach English at the public primary school of a rural village

    Teach English at the public primary school of a rural village

    The school kids are really looking forward to this energetic encounter with the foreigners. Activities created by the teams of participants for each class room and the recreational games played with the entire school are an unforgettable experience for everyone present.
    Afternoon: Cultural presentation in the community

    Cultural presentation in the community

    Traditional dancing and some food preparation are done in a communal and familial way. Time to get involved and learn hands-on what the daily Panamanian life is all about and taste a piece of their cultural heritage.
    Evening: Sleepover with the host family

    Sleepover with the host family

    Each GAT Discoverer will be paired with another Discoverer and a Panamanian GAT Ambassador of the same sex to spend one night at one of our hand picked host families. All families are well known by the GAT Team (all are either relatives or close friends of Saul). The families are looking forward with the translating help of the Ambassadors to share their daily lives with the Discoverers.
    Night: Sleep in host family's house

    Finally the time to connect with the real Panamanians. Show the local kids a great time, get to know an authentic Panamanian family, prepare and share food together, hang out with the rest of the village and sleep in the same conditions.

  • Day 7 : Green Volcano Village Day

    Morning: Hiking in El Valley

    Hiking in El Valley

    This crater village is home to a dormant volcano. It is luscious, cool, green, and full of life which makes it the best place for a hike. Follow the rough trail used by the villagers all the way to our barefoot friend's house near the rim of the crater. Be amazed by the remoteness and simplicity of the places where people settle to live in these mountains.
    Afternoon: Zip-Lining in El Valley

    Zip-Lining in El Valley

    Safely attached to your harness you can zip from one massive tree to the next. Obviously and adrenaline rush but also a unique perspective to observe the nature from within the canopy. Finish this thrilling experience with a refreshing jump in the waterfall.
    Evening: Bonfire on El Palmar Beach

    Bonfire on El Palmar Beach

    The ultimate way to unwind from an active day! Singalong, stories and dancing are memories born in this paradise.
    Night: Sleeping in El Palmar Beach

    The cooler temperatures of this inhabited volcano crater are perfect for hiking, zip-lining, swimming and/or jumping in the waterfall, and visiting the cute markets for locally grown products and handmade arts and crafts. The day will end on the nearby beach with a bonfire.

  • Day 8 : Playa El Palmar Beach Day

    Morning: Xtreme Water Action

    Xtreme Water Action

    Jet ski, Wakeboard & Kneeboard, Banana Boat, etc. Play in the water and enjoy the beach while we take turns behind the jet ski.
    Afternoon: Surfing

    Surfing

    This is the perfect spot to learn to surf! The waves are constant and not too big to scare you away. Our instructors will get you up to speed on the basic techniques and safety precautions. Then it's time to practice and enjoy!
    Afternoon: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    If you are an avid Stand-up paddler or not, we will all have an awesome time with this sport. The warm waters of the Pacific ocean make SUPPING so enjoyable. It's a great workout for your core and helps engage those micro balancing muscles! Once you get the hang of it, you can look around easily into the water and enjoy the beauty that sounds you.
    Evening: Bonfire on El Palmar Beach

    Bonfire on El Palmar Beach

    The ultimate way to unwind from an active day! Singalong, stories and dancing are memories born in this paradise.
    Night: Sleep in El Palmar

    A well deserved day of activities and relaxing on a beautiful beach. This beach is has a cool vibe of surfers and tourists perfect for making new friends.

  • Day 9 : Optional Free Day in Panama City

    Morning: Optional - Hike Ancon Hill and visit the "Mi Pueblito" exhibition:

    Optional - Hike Ancon Hill and visit the "Mi Pueblito" exhibition:

    This oasis of greenery wedged between the old city and the Canal Zone offers the best views of Panama. On the way up you might observe parrots, hawks, toucans, agoutis, coatis, sloths, opossums, and even deer. The Mi Pueblito (my village) touristic exposition represents 3 types of Panamanian villages on a small scale: the Colonial Style, the Caribbean Style, and the Indigenous Style.
    Afternoon: Optional - Explore Panama's cultural diversity following the subway stations:

    Optional - Explore Panama's cultural diversity following the subway stations:

    Get down into the real urban Panama. The popular commercial streets of Santa Ana outside the Cinco de Mayo Station, the banking district plus the night life scene of Uruguay Street near Iglesia del Carmen Station, the young and transient university area of via Argentina, the lower income neighborhoods of the northbound stations.
    Afternoon: Optional - Markets and Shopping

    Optional - Markets and Shopping

    Explore Panama City's Markets and malls. From the luxurious experience of the posh Soho and Multi Plaza malls to the crowded streets of Avenida Central via the Fruit and Veg Market and the Seafood Market. Panama's commercial experience is colorful and diverse because it has always been and is still today a merchants' crossroad.
    Evening: FREE

    FREE

    Explore the surroundings with your buddy or take your breath between activities.
    Night: Sleep in Casco Viejo

    Take a day to do as little or as much as you want. Good day for laundry if you're running low on clothes.

  • Day 10 : Embera Village Day

    Morning: Visit of the Embera Indigenous Village

    Visit of the Embera Indigenous Village

    Less than an hour away from the city limits, our Embera captain will take us down the river for a 45 minute boat ride passing through the rainforest where many birds and animals can be observed. Upon arrival at the village you will experience the warm and exotic Embera greeting. You will welcomed in their traditional dwellings and taught about their history and culture I an interactive way. Lunch will be the traditional fresh fish with plantains and local fruits. In the afternoon you will have time to meet the villagers or play and swim with the children. You can buy handicrafts directly from the artists: intricate woven baskets and masks made from palm fibers or carvings from wood and Tagua nut (Vegetable Ivory). You can get a traditional Jagua tattoo (temporary). Before departure you will witness their sacred dancing and affectionate farewell.
    Night: Sleep in Casco Viejo

    This all day activity is sure to be a highlight of your experience.

  • Day 11 : Caribbean Coast - Portobelo and the Congo Culture

    Morning: Visit Historical Portobelo: Home of the real Pirates of the Caribbean

    Visit Historical Portobelo: Home of the real Pirates of the Caribbean

    Beautiful Portobelo is located in a naturally secure bay of the caribbean coast and surounded by lush green hills. This now quiet town as had a tumultuous history of trade and piracy. Visit the remains of the fortifications, the museum, and the famous Black Christ at the San Felipe church.
    Afternoon: Colon Afro-Antillean Cultural and Educational Experience

    Colon Afro-Antillean Cultural and Educational Experience

    To be confirmed
    Evening: Panama Canal Railway

    Panama Canal Railway

    The day will finish riding the historic Panama Canal train across the isthmus from Colon to Panama City. This railway was one of the main tools for the construction of the canal and is still in use today. Great views of the canal an surrounding jungle. Snack are offered on-board.
    Night: Sleep in Casco Viejo

    The Panamanian Caribbean coast is totally unique. Experience this luscious costal climate with pristine waters, meet the colorful and laidback Afro-Antillean descendants, learn about the true pirate history of this area, witness the vibrant Congo culture, and visit the adored black Christ. Explore this other side of Panama!

  • Day 12 : Departure Day

    Morning: Farewell and Airport Transferes

    Farewell and Airport Transferes

    Time to exchange contact details and take a last picture. Your next adventure awaits!
    Night: NA

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