Global Students Explore Panama Through a Multi-Faceted Lens
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
Students from LIU Global’s Costa Rica Center traveled to Panama in March to apply concepts they’d learned from their global studies coursework to direct experiences in the field, putting theory into a real-world context.
The students gained insight into contemporary indigenous peoples with a visit to Guna Yala, a province in northeast Panama consisting of 51 communities located mostly on islands in the San Blas Archipelago (made up of 365 islands) that allowed them to learn firsthand about the history, culture, autonomous governance, and current challenges of the region.
Students also heard a talk on Panamanian foreign trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, visited the Panama Canal to learn about its national and international importance, and interacted with children at a non-governmental organization for working children living in poverty.
In addition, the trip included a visit to the U.S. Embassy, where students learned about internships and career opportunities with the U.S. Embassy’s Foreign Service and Public Affairs; a stop at the World Bank to learn about its work and role in Panama; and a presentation by representatives in the Cuidad de Saber, or “city of knowledge,” on its goals. These experiences combine to significantly enrich students’ understanding of global economics and governance in relation to Panama.
“The entire trip was amazing, but I especially loved our visit to the islands of Guna Yala and the indigenous communities there. For my current courses, I am studying the different aspects of indigenous communities in Costa Rica and Panama, so it was incredible to see such a strong autonomous community in Guna Yala,” said Brianna Stuczynski, a freshman at LIU Global. “I also loved the visit to the U.S. Embassy. It gave us a glimpse at future career opportunities that require skills we will gain through our LIU Global education.”
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