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  1. 1. ¡Vamos a Panamá con ISE!
  2. 2. ¿Quién es ISE?• Intercultural Student Experiences, a nonprofit educational organization since 1972• Strong emphasis on language and cultural immersion• Mission: To inspire and educate students of the world through experiential learning across cultures.
  3. 3. ¿Por qué ISE?• Emphasis on language usage & family stay• 40 years of experience and knowledgeable staff• 24-hour on-call emergency phone while group is abroad• ISE Student Code of Conduct• Financial aid• Health and trip cancellation insurance coverage
  4. 4. Nuestro Destino: Panamá
  5. 5. ¿Cómo se prepara para el viaje?• As a group we will get familiar with Panama and the places we’ll visit: • Classroom discussions • Learn about culture, customs, traditions with assistance from ISE Beyond the Classroom Wiki • Internet research for trip• Seek out additional opportunities to practice Spanish
  6. 6. ¿Qué vamos a hacer en Panamá?• Miraflores Visitors Center at the Panama Canal• Visit an Emberá indigenous community• Fort San Lorenzo• Valle de Antón
  7. 7. ¿Por qué quedarnos con una familia panameña?• To fulfill ISE’s commitment to offer students culturalimmersion opportunities abroad• Opportunity for students to observe and partake indaily life in Panama•To practice using Spanish in a real life setting
  8. 8. Hechos interesantes sobre las familias panameñas• Families live in both rural and urban areas• ISE travelers may or may not have the opportunity to attend school with his/her host brother or sister depending on when you travel. The academic calendar in Panama is structured in three trimesters per year: Mid/late February – June followed by 1-2 weeks of vacation June – September followed by1-2 weeks of vacation September – mid December followed by 2 1/2 months of vacation
  9. 9. Más hechos interesantes sobre las familias panameñas• Two common dishes are ropavieja (shredded beef in a tomatobased sauce, which actually meansold clothes) and sancocho(Panamanian chicken soup)•Tamales, empanadas, fruit,vegetables and chicken are alsovery common in the Panamaniandiet•ISE recommends that the familyprovide the traveler with bottled orboiled water
  10. 10. ¿Cómo se seleccionan las familias?• ISE Family Stay Coordinators: teachers, community leaders, or individuals connected to churches & other community organizations• Host families chosen by ISE Family Stay Coordinators• Families complete application and have a home visit prior to acceptance
  11. 11. Más información sobre las familias• Host families are expected to provide room, board, and genuine cultural experience for student• ISE traveler might share a room with a host sibling of the same gender, but is required to have his/her own bed
  12. 12. Detalles Importantes• Program travel dates• Approximate price • *Fuel surcharges included in price • Add-on’s • Trip inclusions and exclusions
  13. 13. Seguro Médico y de Accidente• Included in program price• $50,000 maximumcoverage• Coverage details availableon ISE website
  14. 14. Seguro sobre cancelación por razones médicas • Included in program price • Valid for cancellation due to medical issues affecting participants or immediate family • $1,000 max coverage
  15. 15. ¿Cómo y cuándo lo voy a pagar?
  16. 16. Fechas de pago - viajes de primavera Spring Programs Early Bird registration deadline: June 15 Final registration deadline: October 1 June 15 (Early Bird) $500 October 1 (final) Due with program application November 1 $800 December 1 $800 January 15 Balance
  17. 17. Fechas de pago - viajes de verano Early Bird registration deadline: June 15Summer Programs Final registration deadline: October 15June 15 (Early Bird) $500October 15 (final) Due with program applicationNovember 15 $1000January 15 $1000March 15 Balance
  18. 18. Haz un plan financiero• Consider ISE’s financial aid & fundraising• ISE Early Bird Discount: save $200• Participate in ISE’s US Hosting Program and receive a discount on your own ISE trip
  19. 19. Apoyo económico •ISE provides need based financial aid •Financial Aid Grant Calculator on website •Application online
  20. 20. ¿Cómo se inscribe?• Student Application in English• Code of Conduct signed by participant & parent/guardian• Family Stay Application in Spanish• $500 deposit check or money order• Save $200 with Early Bird sign-up by June 15th• Send “Dear Host Family” letter & photos by fall enrollment deadline• Don’t forget to apply for your passport!
  21. 21. Comentarios de viajeros ISE ily amily . My fam ing of [m y host] f more accept ember’ o be ng a m ing. I learned t nish Student, W V ‘bec omi v a“I loved onderful and lo nd foods.” Spw a s so w ple a n to new peo and ope “I am so glad I went with ISE on this trip, the people, the family stay, the food, the guides, the day visits, my teacher, and my classmates all made this trip a success!” Spanish Student, WI “…the best p art is not whahear about in ty stories, its w ou see in pictures and hat you find fo r your Spanish Stud self.” ent, MN
  22. 22. Resumen de detalles importantes• ISE’s Panama program provides language and cultural immersion in a real life setting• ISE’s valuable family stay experience cannot be obtained through a tour only program• ISE’s Early Bird sign up allows me to save $200 and plenty of time to fundraise, submit your application and deposit by June 15 to ensure your Early Bird discount! ¡Nos vemos en Panamá!