Over the years, our staff, collaborators and travelers have supported social, cultural and conservation programs with different NGOs as APTSO, Casa Esperanza, Fundación Avifauna, Ancón and some public schools in the Republic of Panama. We believe in the concept that travelers can contribute to the conservation, social and cultural well being of the communities and regions that they visit.
EcoCircuitos would like to invite our travelers visiting Panama to have a real experience and give time and work by volunteering in some of our projects and service activities with local communities and with the assistance our guides to benefit the conservation and people of Panama.
Panama has almost 1,000 species of birds. This incredible abundance and bird variety in such a small country (smaller than South Carolina), together with a rather small population (around 3 million people), a variety of natural habitats, and a good national park system, make Panama a land bridge for the bird migration that ravels annually from North America to South America
Fundacion Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann is a non-profit panamanian organization. Its mission is to protect Panama’s birds and the habitats upon which they depend. The Panama Rainforest Discovery Center is its first project that will educate and engage Panamanian and international visitors with tropical forest conservation during their visit. All profits generated by entrance fees and product sales go to environmental education and conservation programs, as well as scientific research in the area.
In 1990, a group of Panamanian women decided that Panama would never have the gangs of children that live on the street that plague most countries in Latin America…Casa Esperanza accomplished that and much more. It begins by contacting children selling on the street or working as migrant workers on coffee farms.
In a multifaceted approach it gives these at-risk children opportunities to go back to school, get health care, and provides nutritional food and programs to stabilize their family situation. If not for their work the street kids with no education would soon turn to drug dealing or prostitution and the migrant children would repeat the same desperate fate of their parents.