InterTribal Youth (ITY) has continually hosted International Exchange programs with tribes in Panama since 2005. In 2008, ITY helped welcome the Peace and Dignity Runners along with the City of Knowledge. In 2014, ITY was honored to be included for the "Spotlight on Biocultural Leadership" initiative lead by EarthTrain.org , Dr. Jane Goodall, and Chief Phil Lane Jr. of Four Worlds Institute International.
Indigenous Prophecy states that we are in the springtime of fulfillment and re-connection of the Eagle, Quetzal, and Condor is evident. Panama has the geographical location for a historical re-unification of the peoples, feathers and staffs. We are proud InterTribal Youth is included in this process.
InterTribal Youth partnered with local communities to also begin our "adopt a rainforest" project we called "Guardians Re-forestation Project". Panama's Tropical Rainforests belong to an important biological corridor and can be considered the lungs of the planet. Conversation and conservation leads to protecting native species (including human), improve food sovereignty, food security and promote unity among the nations.
More can be seen on our "Native Like Water" 2014 video Production "ruff cut" with On Native Ground (below)
Visit Rainforests, world famous Panama Canal, the highly acclaimed Bio-Museum, Atlantic Caribbean and Pacific Oceans. Small group, informal, no-pressure, inter-generational learning. We will share and visit with the Indigenous Nations of Guna Yala, Embera, and Nogbe peoples.
Questions and Topics covered on Panama Travel program: Aug 3-9
- Indigenous Rainforest Ecology and Botanical Medicine
- Tropical Marine Environments of Pacific and Atlantic Oceans; Sustainable Leadership of Water Sanctuaries
- Interchange with 3 different host tribal nations.
- Panama Canal Grand Expansion
- Building curriculum to include indigenous science, arts and culture
- Hawaiian Kingdom's Contribution to Education and Hokuleʻa's Historic Route through Panama Canal 2017.
Panama is the precolombian crossroads of the Americas and the Panama Canal connects the world's largest oceans. Panama hosts the largest number of bird, fauna in the Americas. Panama is also a source of botanical medicine which the Smithsonian Institute and pharmaceuticals science have extracted for many years.
Registration Cost: $975.00. Registration includes lodging, food, all in country transportation, tours, airport pick-up/drop, guest teachers, and logistics. International flight is not-included in this price and can range from $400-$700 depending on when and where you book from. Space is still available as of 6/7. We will post when full.
EXTENDED Stay option August 9, Surf and Yoga at Cebaco Island Rainforest Center, see below.
If you do not already have a passport, begin by submitting your passport application to the local U.S. Post Office, with your certified birth certificate and two pictures.
This is a no pressure, leisurely, Inter-generational learning experience. The goal of the program is to introduce ourselves to the concept of Indigenous Science, have fun and build unity, knowledge and recognition with other tribal nations. Indigenous Science is also known as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and is the interwoven fabric of knowledge that includes: environmental sustainability, biological and earth sciences, oral history, health, botanical healing, lifestyle, global climate change, and the management of natural resources.
ITINERARY (Tentative and may subject to minor changes)
Arrival Date – Aug 3, 2017 (airport pick up at Panama's (PTY) Tocumen Airport included in registration)
Day 1: Arrival, Greetings: International Airport pick up will be provided. Directly from airport, participants will be taken to private bed and breakfast in Chagres National Park.
Day 1, 2 Cerro Azul/ Chagres National Park: Relaxation and Serenity. We begin with a brief orientation and welcome before a great dinner and rest from travel. In a private retreat setting, nature cradles our being with hymns of birds and running waters. More on our place of stay in Cerro Azul . Chagres Rainforest is the water shed to the Panama Canal. The rainforest medicine trails of Panama are inclusive and provide a perfect balance. Waterfalls, natural swimming pools, monkeys, toucans, and eagles in lead harmonies. Chagres rainforest also boasts the largest number of birds in the world and bountiful sightings. The knowledge of the rainforest has the full potential to ensure the survival of humanity.
We casually examine Life-saving plants and herbs continue to save lives. Accompanied by Embera Nation's (“the healing people”) botanical healer, Irma Caisimo, participants will get a closer overstanding of botanical practice and collection. During our morning walk, the rainforest becomes a medicine cabinet to a Embera healers as she will demonstrate the bounty to cure all earth’s children.
Day 3, 4: Guna Yala Sovereign Nation Comarca (Reservation) Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean. We will forward to the heights of the cloud forests, and over the Continental Divide where one can overlook the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at the same time. There is a higher sense of knowledge, as we are granted entry into the sovereign land and reservation of the Guna Yala. The expansive reservation (Comarca) spans a huge mainland mass and includes over 300 islands of white sand beaches and blue water Caribbean Islands. We will visit the various villages around the area of "Sudup". We will stay on a Guna, native-style, private island resort operated by local family.
Day 5: Embera Village of Bayano or Embera Quera, waterways of the Panama Canal: We are hosted by Embera Village proudly demonstrating their vision on sustainable tourism project. Traditional Dance, Artwork, and Language taught by the original people. The Embera cultural land base (aka “Choco”) is one of the largest in the Americas, stretching across Panama, Colombia, and into Ecuador.
Day 6, 7: Panama Canal & The City of Knowledge Campus A visit to the Panama Canal locks and Museum is one of the many high-lights of international travelers. 2016 announced the newest addition to the Panama Canal, with wider locks for the world’s largest cargo ships. The City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Saber) CDS is adjacent to the Panama Canal on the ex-U.S. Military Base of Fort Clayton. The campus is surrounded by a metropolitan National Park and rainforest. Global and Regional NGO’s, Non-Profits, have headquarters on the CDS Campus.
While at CDS, we will have cultural resource educational sessions and international panels, planning for the future. Our delegation will be joined by Panama National Indigenous leaders, EarthTrain NGO, and Four Worlds International. We will review local projects of ocean sanctuaries, re-forestation, and social investment initiatives. More on the City of Knowledge: www.CiudaddelSaber.org .
Day 7: Aug 9 Departure and/or Forward to Extended Stay Island visit option:
We exchange our greetings and travel well. Transport to the Airport is provided.
Add on: EXTENDED Stay option Aug 10 (recommended) Surf and Yoga, Cebaco Island, Montijo Bay, Veraguas, Panama::
For those looking to extend their stay and experience the island jewels of the Pacific and InterTribal Learning Center, you have the option of adding 3 Nights/4 Days and go with us to Cebaco Island Rainforest and Ocean Learning Center immediately following the Indigenous Science Tour.
The add-on includes food, lodging, ground transport to port and boat ride to Cebaco Island and return to the International Airport for your flight.
3-Night/4 Day Leisure $375 per person. (3 or more people)
3-Night/4 Day Leisure and Light Volunteer Opportunity: $325 per person (3 or more people)
Brief Description: Just off the Pacific Coast of Panama is Cebaco Island, the third largest island of Panama. On the island, a small water-side lodge and learning center hosts small groups of international tourists and can provide volunteer options. This site is of pre-Colombian importance and where InterTribal Youth promotes tropical cultivation which allows sustainable forests and food security. Together with local organization OneLovePanama.com, InterTribal Youth and Native Like Water work together. Roots of this program are based off of the three core ethics of permaculture.
MUST WATCH: VIDEO ON CEBACO ISLAND, BREATHTAKING
• Care of the Earth—Provision for all life systems to thrive and multiply.
• Care of People—Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
• Fair Share – This ethic focuses on co-operation, networking, and contributing to community.
The 58 acre Farm is located on Cebaco Island just off the Pacific Coast of Panama. Dedicated to sustainable ways of living, environmental education center, botanical collection, permaculture farm and eco-lodge. Watch this Breathtaking video on Cebaco Island
Agriculture Volunteership: Labor, Community Service, Teamwork with Native Like Water and OneLovePanama.com This type of volunteer-ship is for people who want to get their hands dirty and learn. You may have a highschool or college service requirement to fulfill, or you may just like peace and to work in unique and remote settings. For the majority of these projects, no experience will be required of you as a volunteer. You will only need a good work ethic and a kind heart. Volunteer positions are based upon interest, project length, or a customized general time period.
Native Like Water and OneLovePanama will be organizing and facilitating many community and environmental projects each year, with hopes of maintaining at least one project at all times throughout the course of the year. These projects may range from planting, light construction, local educational projects. In addition, there is openness to large scale graduate student projects such as education and implementation of sustainable farming methods within the larger community. The human family preserving the environment for the future.
Cost: $325.00 3nights/4 Days per person (3 or more people)
What's Included: Airport drop-off, ground and boat transportation to Isla Cebaco, lodging at Cebaco Island Reserve, personal help and mentoring from on-site staff. Seasonal fruits, native vegetables, gourmet food which is available and grown on the island. Seafood and Vegetarian, special diet, options.
What's Not Included: Airfare to and from Panama; special tours, snorkel trips.
Program: Here's some of the stuff you'll be doing as a standard volunteer:
Help on our on-site sustainable agriculture Farm
Improve self-discipline and practice
Marking trails throughout the Preserve
Organic Cold-press Coconut oil
Interacting with communities around the Preserve
Summer Intern / Mid-term Volunteers have the option of choosing to stay between 1 and 3 months. Food, lodging, informal Spanish conversation instruction is $900/mo. This is open to all ages, regardless of your educational background. Email us to apply for a agriculture volunteership with Native Like Water and OneLovePanama.
Surfing and Snorkeling Boat Charters options available.
Artisanal Fishing Options
Food as Medicine Curriculum Option
Video Below, "RUFF CUT" OF CALIFORNIA INTERTRIBAL YOUTH FROM SYCUAN KUMEYAAY AND RINCON LUISENO YOUTH PROFILING ITY PROJECTS IN PANAMA CENTRAL AMERICA AND INTERVIEWING TRIBAL LEADERS AND MEDICINE FAMILY.