Visiting Panama on a Therapy Adventure service trip will change your life. You will have the unique opportunity to work alongside American and Panamanian clinicians at a Christian special needs orphanage surrounded by beautiful palm trees, the Panama Canal, and the ocean. You will get first-hand experience and learn from the people behind all the incredible work being done for the most vulnerable in Panama. See below for pictures of the orphanage and therapy center, the living quarters, our team members, a glimpse of what you can discover in Panama, and more.
We have a limited number of available spots, so don't waste any time and submit your application today. Early applicants are given preference.
Where You Will Serve
Casa Providencia is located in Colon, Panama, very close to the famous Panama Canal. You'll see an area touched by the history of the Panama Canal and the international efforts and collaboration that made it possible.
Casa Providencia is a special-needs orphanage, a safe place and refuge for children who would otherwise be cast aside, neglected, or forgotten.
The children at Casa Providencia have an incredible outside play space - you can think of it as a gross motor room in the middle of a natural paradise.
The children at Casa Providencia are impacted by a variety of physical and developmental disabilities that require therapeutic intervention. You can make a big difference here.
Work alongside local and U.S. clinicians who are treating the children at Casa Providencia.
Your Living Quarters
Casa Paraiso is located right outside the bustling Panama City, just a 25 minute drive up route 852. Staying there gives you easy access to many excursions and to all Panama City has to offer with its restaurants and culture.
You will be staying at Casa Pariso, which translates to “House of Paradise” - which it is. Come and discover this hidden gem built specifically to host international groups serving in Panama.
The facility provides a variety of private rooms, and community spaces perfect for socializing and reflecting on your experiences.
Casa Paraiso is equipped with a commercial kitchen to accommodate cooking and easy meals.
When you are in Panama, you are never far from the rain forest. This is the view from one of the balconies!
If it is raining outside, you can play table tennis or other games inside instead.
You will be shuttled around in a van similar to this one by our experienced drivers.
Our drivers will take you from Casa Paraiso to the special needs orphanage in Colon and to Panama City as scheduled.
This picture is from a recent visit. From left to right: Misty Hedspeth, co-founder of Heart's Cry, Ana Gabriela De La Guardia, a Panamanian clinical psychologist, Ari Herrera, the director of Casa Providencia, and Jonathan from Therapy Adventures.
Ari Herrera is the director of Casa Providencia and an advisor to Therapy Adventures. Ari is a lifelong citizen of Panama and also spent three years in the U.S. - that explains why her command of English exceeds many native English speakers.
Meet Rubi Reynaga who hails from Chicago and is a fluent Spanish speaker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Rubi is one of our trip leaders and could very well be with you on your upcoming visit to Panama.
Bienvenidos a Panama!
Panama is a beautiful country with stunning scenery. It should be on everyone's bucket list!
You might run into these guys at Monkey Island!