“The Hike for Humanity Public Health trip was an experience of a lifetime. Living with the locals in their villages in the middle of the jungle was a total immersion experience that brought a lot of interesting perspectives to my views on the medical field and my studies as an anthropologist. Not only was this experience completely humbling, but it was also enriching to participate in a culture so unlike my own. Not to mention the adventures that accompanied the gorgeous hiking portion created memories that will last a lifetime.”

-Jessica H, UC Berkeley

About the Hike for Humanity Program

A fusion of humanitarian fervor and outdoor enthusiasm, ISL’s Hike for Humanity program offers a unique adventure, sending volunteer teams to assist those in greatest need by reaching out to villages farthest from urban advantages. H4H teams bring essential global health, education, ecology, and community enrichment services to the rural underserved, while providing hikers with an incomparable outdoor experience and the personal satisfaction of being involved in meaningful service.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to traverse the jungle, encounter amazing wildlife, learn about other cultures, and serve remote communities.

Who is right for Hike for Humanity?

ISL’s H4H teams are a great fit for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, though volunteers must be able to hike at a moderate level, carry a 40-pound pack, sleep in tents, and use primitive latrines.

What to Expect

Upon arrival in country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first full day will be busy with orientation and preparing project supplies for the hike and end with learning a Panamanian dance!

Depending on the location of the service communities, you may be out in the jungle 2-4 days before returning to refresh, recreate, and resupply.

In addition to exploring the jungle, your team will have opportunities for recreation throughout your ISL experience. You will be able to shop for local crafts and explore beaches, rainforests, and city centers, visit the Panama Canal, and zipline!

Volunteer Involvement

Depending on your team’s mission, you may be involved in the following:

  • Agricultural projects: Permaculture, aquaculture, organic gardening/farming
  • Community enrichment projects: Painting, light construction, community clean up
  • Education projects: Teaching ESL, tutoring
  • Energy projects: Developing plans for small scale hydro projects, wind and solar generation
  • Environmental projects: Reforestation, erosion control
  • Global health projects: Performing community health surveys, treating acute health conditions, providing medications, planting indigenous medicinal plants, providing basic nutrition instruction

Safety and Respect

For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.

What To Bring

Project supplies and donations of vitamins and oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag and mat, backpack, mess kit, canteen, insect repellent, energy snacks, and biodegradable soap and shampoo for the hike and funds sufficient to cover approximately one meal per day, premium recreation, and personal spending for time in the city, as well as airport departure tax.

For the global health project, volunteers will also need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, and donations of medications and medical supplies (optional)

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, most meals, safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, and supplies, cultural tours, dance class, and basic recreation.

Countries with upcoming Hike for Humanity Program Teams

4 teams found

#PAN1226H4H9 - Hike for Humanity Team in Panama from Dec 26, 2017 to Jan 03, 2018 for $1795

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

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

#PAN55H4H9 - Hike for Humanity Team in Panama from May 05, 2018 to May 13, 2018 for $1795

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Panama they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

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

#PAN62H4H9 - Hike for Humanity Team in Panama from Jun 02, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Panama they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

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

#PAN83H4H9 - Hike for Humanity Team in Costa Rica from Aug 03, 2018 to Aug 11, 2018 for $1695

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner poor and indigenous communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Costa Rica they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

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