Preparing to Come


Preparing to Come to outpost Panama


You have been selected to join the YWAM Ships Outpost Panama Team! In the pages of this Preparing to Come Pack, you will find tools and information essential to your preparation. Please read through this information carefully.

Preparation checklist

The following checklist is designed to assist you as you prepare:

  • Apply for Visa if Needed
  • Book Flights
  • Purchase Travel Insurance
  • Seek advice from your doctor or travel medicine specialist with respect to: immunizations, anti-malarial medication, and sea-sickness medication.
  • Application Fee of $75 USD
  • Full Tuition of $2995 USD
  • Items to be Emailed to YWAM Ships Outpost Panama: Flight Itinerary Travel Insurance

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Payment information

We ask that all trainees arrive on the official arrival day. This day is when Registration occurs, and Orientation starts the following morning at 8 am. 

Arrival Day: Thursday September 26, 2019

Departure Day: Monday March 1, 2020

Step One: Purchase a one way ticket from your home nation to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) arriving Wednesday September 26th, 2019.

Step Two: Purchase a ticket out of Costa Rica to Dallas, Texas on January 13, 2017 preferably Southwest Airlines.  You must have a ticket out of Panama to enter the country. Southwest enables you to change flights without penalty.

Step Three: To book hotel and shuttle from Costa Rica to Panama, send an email with the Subject Line being: Hotel/Shuttle to [email protected]

  • First and Last Name as it appears on Passport
  • Passport Number
  • Flight Information

The shuttle company will send you a link for you to pay directly to them. Holly will forward you your hotel information and you will pay the hotel directly via credit card when hotel is confirmed.(shuttle is currently $76 USD; hotel fees will be approximately $50USD based on number of students per room.)

You will be met by YWAM staff in Costa Rica who will escort you to Outpost Panama. After all student itineraries are in, you will be instructed on details of the hostel and shuttle that will pick you up.

You will need to have cash for exit/entry fees for Costa Rica ($12).

For payment instructions go to:

You can pay using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, USD check, USD money order, or a wire transfer.

For questions regarding payment methods, please contact the YWAM Ships Kona finance office: [email protected]

For questions regarding fee amounts please contact: [email protected]

Please Note:

When paying by wire transfer please add USD $35 for bank fees. Any fees incurred from receiving trainee fees to YWAM Ships Kona will be passed on to the student.

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Health insurance and vaccinations

All trainees attending courses at YWAM Outpost Panama, and family members accompanying them, are required to have health insurance. You are required to provide proof of insurance at registration. If you arrive without insurance, you will be required to purchase some as part of the registration process.

Travel/medical insurance will be provided in your outreach fees for the time you will be outside of Panama.

Please research international health insurance and travel insurance companies. Choose a plan that best fits your needs and budget. YWAM Ships Outpost Panama does not recommend or endorse any one company, we recommend you do your own research and choose your own plan.

Please show us your verification/certificate as well as dates of coverage of insurance or a copy of it on arrival day. You can also send a copy in advance to [email protected]

Up to date vaccinations are a requirement for joining us here at YWAM Ships. Please ensure you have: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hep A and B, Polio, Typhoid.

If you are unsure if your vaccinations are up to date please see your health care provider. Please bring your yellow vaccination card with you to DTS.

To find out exact vaccination recommendations for your outreach location please click here:

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Visa information for international trainees

Applying for a Visa can be a lengthy process depending upon the nation from where you will be coming. A trainee from a developing nation should leave 3-6 months for the visa application process. Other nationalities can take 1-3 months for the process depending upon Embassy processing times. 

For more information click here:

Please consider your plans carefully, prior to coming to Panama, so that you may choose the correct Visa.

YWAM Ships will not be liable for any airfares canceled/missed due to visa denial or cancellation.

Contact: [email protected]

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Community guidelines

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Helpful information

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YWAM Values

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Sprit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry.   Based upon God’s word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

Worship We are called to praise and worship God alone

Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God

Witness: We are called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him

Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God's heart, including standing against evil in every form.

Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs, coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM's beginning in 1960.  They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasized to us.

These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our Mission.  Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM--our "DNA."  They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions. 

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Packing List

  • Hammock
  • Light Bedding / Pillow
  • Mosquito net if needed (we have nets on the screens but still insects come in)
  • Mosquito repellant with Deet or Smart Ecco
  •  Medications (diarrhea, ibuprofen, allergy relief, iodide, bandage....)
  • First aid kit
  • Vitamin and minerals supplements (Gatorade powder....)
  •  Tooth paste, antiperspirant, soap, shampoo, sunscreen....
  •  Microfiber towels
  •  Working gloves
  •  Water bottle
  •  Flash light /Batteries
  • Small O2 Fan
  • Small Battery Operated Dehumidifier
  • Waterproof case for phone, laptop...(it might get wet)
  •  Snorkel equipment
  •  Instruments
  •  Quick dry shirts (recommended)
  • Short pants
  •  Light long pants
  • For women a mid length or long skirt
  • Light weight clothing
  • Rain coat/Poncho
  • Modest One Piece Swim Suits/ Covers / Board Shorts
  •  Sturdy shoes, water shoes, flip flops
  •  Rubber boots (can be purchased in Panama for $15 if under Men’s size 11)
  • Passport / ID
  • Health Insurance ID
  • Bible, Pens, Journal, Note Book, etc.
  • We highly recommend traveling with a Hiking Back Pack rather than a Rolling Suitcase
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