Optometry Team #PAN56OPT9

COUNTRY: Panama

ARRIVAL: May 6, 2017
DEPARTURE: May 14, 2017
DURATION: 9 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Panama City
DEPARTURE CITY: Panama City
COST: $1795

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide optometry services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Optometry Teams

The World Health Organization has determined that lack of eye-care is one of the most crucial needs in developing countries. Because refractive needs and other eye problems don’t necessarily cause immediate pain, eye care is often under prioritized when resources are limited, – especially for children. Through ISL, thousands of the underserved have received eyewear and eye care.

In order to provide both quality eye care for those in need and appropriate, supervised field experience for volunteers, ISL utilizes a combination of eyewear distribution, in-home screenings, community clinics, and ISL subsidized referrals, in addition to providing eye care education.


Panama

Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, Panama is the southernmost country in Central America. With access to two different oceans, and containing mountains, a vast rainforest, the modern metropolis of Panama City and the Panama Canal, there is a lot to do and see. Added to Panama’s incredible geographical diversity is an intriguing contrast of cultures. Panama contains a rich array of cultures ranging from indigenous and Latino to peoples of African, Asian, and European descent.


What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by certified opticians, optical supplies and eyewear, and tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

Meet the Staff

Karol Gomez Assistant Team Leader Panama
Karol Gomez
Assistant Team Leader

Karol is an enthusiastic and energetic assistant team leader, who is also ISL-Panama’s Salsa teacher. She is an English language graduate.

Yarelis Gonzalez Assistant Team Leader Panama
Yarelis Gonzalez
Assistant Team Leader

Yarelis began working with ISL as a volunteer in her home town of Rio Sereno, near the border of Panama and Costa Rica. As an English language graduate, she is a very enthusiastic translator and assistant team leader.

Edwin Tenorio Assistant Team Leader Panama
Edwin Tenorio
Assistant Team Leader

Edwin comes from a “campesino” family in the country. He began working with ISL as a volunteer after he graduated from high school. Now, as an assistant team leader, he enjoys practicing his fluent English with ISL volunteers and says he likes all the games they teach him!

Jose Amet Caballero Team Leader Panama
Jose Amet Caballero
Team Leader

Jose is a musician, tour guide and chef; he also has great compassion for his people in Panama. He loves working for ISL and enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of Panama history and culture with ISL volunteers.

Soleid Del Cid Team Leader Panama
Soleid Del Cid
Team Leader

Soleid recently became a first-time mother who understands now more than ever, the importance of bringing help to the children and moms of her community.

Plinio Montenegro Team Leader Panama
Plinio Montenegro
Team Leader

Plinio is an extreme adventurer. As ISL’s Hike for Humanity Team Leader, he knows the back country and the “campesinos and indigenous” people and their needs. When not with ISL teams, Plinio works in the tourism industry.

Antonio Singh
Antonio Singh
Country Coordinator

Antonio Singh has been an enthusiastic community volunteer since he was a teenager. He considers working with ISL “a great opportunity” to further his passion to help the needy. He also enjoys watching ISL volunteers grow into professionals who share his passion.

Activity Information

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.