Goal: learn how to design and execute a sustainable community project
Approach: co-design program between local residents and visitors.
Each group will:
Participate in an ongoing project and science lessons (generate water quality map, train local outreach volunteers, demonstrate water treatment methods to families).
Measure and survey impact of project
Perform needs assessments to identify problems (and their causes)
Brainstorm ideas for solutions to one of the identified needs/problems
Evaluate project options in the community and identify best one
Design education program (including key lesson plans) and hands-on project; estimate project cost, plan execution, establish metrics of project impact and success. Future groups and local teams will implement approved projects.
Results: Local and visiting participants are paired together to take part in project design from start to finish. While getting experience working on an existing project, each group designs a new community-focused project and an education program to increase community awareness. Participants, together with community members, identify the most important problems and work on solving them. The communities receive a direct benefit not only from the project directly but also through outreach education conducted by program participants. Local workers will be hired to work on the project using program tuition and external grants. The end result is communities with sustainable projects they own and participants who gain valuable experience in sustainable global development.
Program fee: $1,200 The price of the program includes all lodging, meals, local transportation, activities, and project materials. Participants are required to provide their own flights to/from Panama City, Panama (airport code PTY) as well as health and travel insurance for the duration of the trip. A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is required to confirm a spot. Full payment is required 1 month prior to the start of the program.
Participants are strongly encouraged to fundraise toward the cost of the program. Future Scientist will provide a page for online contributions.
Participants must be at least 18 years old; a basic level of conversational Spanish skills is a plus.