Partner Organization:  Nuestra Señora de la Merced and Nuestra Señora de Fatima Parishes (Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy)

Location:  Panama City - Panama

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Students must be flexible.  Date will be determined in coordination with the site partners

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Proficiency in Spanish required
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: Interest working with children, youth and the elderly.
  • Other:  Experience teaching or tutoring will be very helpful. There will be opportunity for students to create and lead sports and arts clubs, so interest in those areas will be helpful.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Teaching and Working with Children Workshop
  • Teaching English as a second language.
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

This is a new ISSLP site for 2018.

Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish and Nuestra Señora de Fatima parishes are located in the El Chorillo neighborhood in Casco Viejo- Panama City.  Among their ministries, the Parishes manage the “C.B.F.I. Nuestra Señora de la Merced” School and the elderly home, “Hogar de Ancianos San Pedro Nolasco.” Nuestra Señora de la Merced school has elementary, middle and high school levels and serves the surrounding community of El Chorrillo. The school has a computer lab, music hall and a small gymnasium which can be used for special events, workshops and activities. The elderly home, Hogar de Ancianos San Pedro Nolasco, which hosts around 30 people, is located on the same compound as the Nuestra Senora de la Merced school.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.

The ISSLP students’ main role and responsibility is to enter fully into community life as a positive presence.  Students provide two extra pairs of helping hands to support different areas at the school and the elderly home. During the mornings and early afternoons, students will work at the school supporting English, science, math and computer classes (depending on the students interests and the needs of the school.) In the same way, ISSLP students are expected to help to organize workshops and additional activities related with sports (mainly rugby and soccer, but not limited to those), music and arts in general.

In the afternoons and evenings, ISSLP students will support the activities in the elderly home. During the weekends, ISSLP students are encouraged to organize sports and art related activities where the children and youth of El Chorrillo community could participate.   

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students share rooms in dormitory dedicated for volunteers and visitors located in the school’s facilities.

For More Information:

Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (Mercedarios)–Panama: