Panama

Panama has a cultural multiplicity that makes it unique in the region, to which the constant presence of visitors from all over the world also contributes.

 It is particularly rich, because although it comes from very diverse cultural origins and traditions, it has been stimulated by the atmosphere of tolerance and harmony that has always prevailed in the territory.

Panama is world-famous for its 48-mile canal that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. Each year, over a million people visit the canal and are able to witness this engineering marvel at work. Panama is very proud to have this magnificent creation operating 365 days a year, enabling the world's cargo to be shipped efficiently and safely to new destinations.

Three million years ago, the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea and changed the world forever. It divided an ocean and joined two continents together, triggering one of the most important natural evolution events in the history of the world. Today, this narrow land bridge in Central America is home to more species of birds and trees than the whole of North America.

Our Coordination

Ariadne has been heading GMT Panama for 11 years. She is also GMT's International Program Director. Among her responsibilities, she oversees GMT's program development in all the countries we operate. Dante has been her assistant for over 9 years. He is GMT's LATAM chief interpreter and Webmaster.

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Our Interpreters

GMT Panama has a close relationship with a local panamanian school called CADI Bilingual Academy. CADI allows bilingual students to participate as interpreters during GMT trips. GMT trips in Panama are not only enriching multicultural experiences for trippers, but for these young panamanians too. Some of them have even decided to study health care professions as a result of the positive experiences they are exposed to during our clinics.

Additional Information

Safety

Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin America. You can safely walk around the city, go out at night and use public transports. As in many other countries, there are specific regions where safety measures must be taken (same measures an educated traveler must always take when visiting a foreign country): 

  • research the country you are traveling to
  • do not draw too much attention
  • make copies of important documents
  • be aware of your surroundings
  • always carry small amounts of money
  • watch over your luggage
  • do not go out alone at night without supervision from a local
  • always respect traffic signs, etc.

Some importants phone numbers to know: 

  • National Police: 104
  • Firemen Department: 103
  • Civil Protection: 3160080/3160335
  • Red Cross: 3151388
  • Medical emergencies: 911

 

Panama in pictures

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