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Program Information:

 

 

  • Spend May in urban Panama City and the rural community of El Cocal
  • Learn about local social and environmental challenges and partner with community entrepreneurs

  • Tour the newly expanded Panama Canal and enjoy an overnight excursion to the San Blas Islands

  • Develop your Spanish language skills

  • Learn more! Video: 2015 Highlights, Video: Program Details, and Video: Student & Faculty Perspectives

  • See highlights from the 2015 program here!
  • Missed the info session? View the presentation here!

 

Students overlooking Panama valley

The program begins in Panama City and then transitions to the Cocle Province. You will spend the majority of the program in the rural community of El Cocal. Panama is considered the fourth strongest economy in Latin America and one of the top 20 fastest growing economies in the world. However, strong economic performance has not translated into broadly shared prosperity, as Panama has the second worst income distribution in Central America after Haiti. Panama will allow you to learn about the potential for business solutions to address poverty and related social and environmental challenges.

 

You will become immersed in the culture through vetted homestays which will expedite your understanding of community culture, needs, and opportunities. All homestays will have electricity and running water. Meals are included during your homestay and the group will enjoy Welcome & Farewell meals together.

 

You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from Panama. Transportation on program-related field trips while in Panama is provided as part of the program fee.

 

  • Course: CESR 4005, Business Solutions for the Developing World
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: general elective, business elective, service-learning or experiential requirement for the CESR SRE certificate, global experience requirement for the Global Business Certificate, and engineering humanities!
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course; you will receive a letter grade
  • See course description

You will earn three credits for CESR 4005, Business Solutions for the Developing World. As part of the class, you will work in student teams and partner with a local entrepreneur. Additionally, the class will meet regularly for additional course material, workshops, and de-briefings.

The program will begin with three preparatory classes held in Boulder in April. The purpose of these classes is to discuss the practical details of the trip and to provide an academic foundation and preliminary coursework for the trip.

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Assignments for the Boulder classes
  • Class and trip participation
  • Portfolio of your experience in Panama

The program runs during the last three weeks of May. There will be three to four preparatory classes held in Boulder in April.

 

Catherine Milburn will direct the program. She is a Senior Instructor in the Leeds School of Business in the Center on Education for Social Responsibility. She was born in Panama and has traveled and volunteered extensively throughout Central America. Ms. Milburn will choose program participants, lead a pre-program orientation, teach the course, and act as resident director in Panama.

See Professor Milburn's Faculty Spotlight.

 

You will experience daily cultural activities during your immersion in the El Cocal community. You will also experience Panama City and the Panama Canal via guided tours and will have the opportunity to enjoy an overnight excursion to the San Blas Islands.

 

 
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  • Center for Education on Social Responsibility scholarship (for SRE students). To apply, please contact the CESR office at cesr@colorado.edu.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.

 

San Blas beach with palm trees and blue water
 


Program Reviews:
Summer 2015 Participant
We had the best program director ever, Catherine helped us in everything she could and more, she was always with us. I learned a lot from her, the rest of the on-site staff was from Thinkimpact, they were really humble and nice people.

Melissa Grover, Summer 2017 Participant
It was very useful to have our community meetings and have the opportunity to talk to the members of Pierdas Gordas. Each meeting usually provided new, insightful information that allowed us to have a better understanding of the businesses in the town. Our community excursions included attending a soccer game in La Pintada, sitting in on a microfinance meeting in Las Delicias, and walking to a waterfall in Las Delicias. We had many nice meals when we stayed in Panama City and often would walk around to the market stalls or fish market. We also stayed in the San Blas Islands for two days in beautiful ocean huts. I loved all of the activities had, as I believe that we learned something from each and every one.

Summer 2015 Participant
I didn't have any health issues abroad. I feel like I my needs would have been met if something had happened.

Summer 2015 Participant
I lived with a family. The people were extremely nice and genuine. I would recommend to future students to learn the language. I knew some spanish but it was still hard for me to communicate sometimes. Even when I couldn't communicate the people were very patient with me.

Summer 2015 Participant
In the community they had a small school, where I had the opportunity to imparted a small two day Computing class, I also made the guidelines of and English class for them, but what I am most proud of is, helping the kids fixing two misused and old computers they had.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-FEB-2018
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Variable 14-MAY-2018 03-JUN-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.
Summer 2019 01-FEB-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.

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