With its Decade of Education for Sustainable Development the United Nations call for integrated learning opportunities that respect diversity and promote cultural values. The INEX Language & Culture program in Panama is offered in an innovative format inspired by these principles, focused on the social pillar of sustainability and centered around the UNPFII’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on August 6th.
This program takes students from the bustling metropolis of Panama City all the way to Bocas del Toro’s main island, Isla Colón, and further to the highlands around Boquete. Within four weeks students attend intensive Spanish language training and take part in workshops around different cultural settings of the region while living in locally typical accommodation. They experience the modern and colonial Panama City, Panama’s Caribbean lifestyle and gain insight into traditions of the Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous community.
Next to the educational part, students take trips around this region, cementing their newly won understanding of studied topics, as well as enjoying the beauties it harbors. This includes social activities such as volunteering work, supporting the local host community’s children, and field trips to many of the country’s highlights.