SMU students, faculty, alumni, and community supporters plan on partnering with Hands for Americas to return to Batata in during 2019.
Have questions, review our 1 page FAQ for answers (updated for 2019)! 

TO SIGN UP FOR A 2019 TRIP, please complete this short survey. Watch your email closely for follow up emails asking for additional information (to book flights) and confirmation and payment schedules. 

Fundraising & Events | Donations  | Upcoming Trip Dates | Resources

Fundraising & Events

  • Watch your SMU email for details as fundraisers are confirmed!
    • If you have ideas for fundraisers or would like to sponsor a fundraiser to support our trips to Panama, please contact us!


You may make donations directed to specific students/volunteers, make a general donation to support the group, or donate an eco-stove directly, securely via the Hands For Global Health website ( All donations are tax-deductible and as a donor you will get a receipt to use for tax purposes.

Upcoming Panama Trip Dates

  • April 19-27, 2019 
    August 16-24, 2019

Resources for Preparation

  • Passport Information: You must have a valid passport (good for at least 6 months from trip departure date). Information about applying or renewing a US Passport is availabe at You will need to submit a copy of your passport at least 1 month prior to departure, so please plan accordingly. US Passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Pamana. If you are not a US Passport holder, due to recent events regarding immigration we cannot recommend that you come on the trip, as we cannot guarantee your safe re-entry to the US.
  • Health & Immunization Information: We will discuss this more at one of our meetings
  • Packing & Equipment Information: Suggested packing list and tips; specifics and coordination of group supplies will happen at a meeting prior to departure.
  • FREE Online Spanish Course: SMU faculty/students can learn some Spanish before going to Panama for free! Details are available here:


[page updated 3/13/19]

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