About this Program

Country: Panama

Arrival Date: 01/04/2020

Departure Date: 01/12/2020

Duration: 9 days

Arrival City: Panama City

Departure City: Panama City

Cost: $1795.00

The goal of ISL's optometry program is to learn about eye care care challenges, experience Panamanian culture, and gain perspective on the global landscape. Work setting will be dependent on number of participants. 1-3 participants: Programming will take place in an ISL partner institution. Volunteers will observe/assist health care providers with eye care assessment. 4+ participants: Programming will take place in an ISL partner community. Volunteers will participate in vision screenings and distribute eyewear.
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About Optometry

The World Health Organization has determined that lack of eye-care is one of the most crucial needs in developing countries. Because refractive needs and other eye problems don’t necessarily cause immediate pain, eye care is often under prioritized when resources are limited, – especially for children. Through ISL, thousands of the underserved have received eyewear and eye care.

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About Panama

Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, Panama is the southernmost country of Central America.  Panama has access to two different oceans,  mountains, a vast rain forest, a modern metropolis (Panama City) and the Panama Canal–a lot to see and do!  Panama also has a rich array of cultures ranging from indigenous and Latino to peoples of African, Asian, and European descent.

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