GATEway Jr. is a 1-week cultural study program in Panamá City, Panamá or the province of Québec, Canada (each site offered on alternating years). The program is considered a 2-year sequence and, while participating both years is optional, it is highly encouraged in order to benefit from experiencing each unique site. Students who participate in both programs will be awarded a special diploma at the end of 8th grade. Participation may be non-sequential but students must attend both sites for the special recognition.  


Grades 6th - 8th | February 14th – February  19th, 2019 | Starting at $2,650

¡Ciudad de Panamá! Panama City!

For 2019, we are happy to offer our second GATEway Jr. experience in exciting Panama! This Central American country is often referred to as the “Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe” because of its strategic geographical location. Nestled between North and South America, and sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Panama represents a diversity of cultures and a juxtaposition of modernity and tradition. Its capital, Panama City, is often referred to as the “Dubai of Central America” due to its growth and architectural wonders sprouting up throughout the city. Panama: the only Central American country with a metro…the first Latin American country to be home to a Frank Gehry design in the Biomuseo…the site of one of the world’s engineering wonders, the Panama Canal. In a country of just 4 million people, Panama offers our GATEmates the opportunity to learn about biodiversity, the environment, architecture, indigenous populations, and a mix of cultures seldom experienced so close to our own backyard.

GATEmates will take a seminar-style course of approximately 3 hours spread over the course of the week. Other educational and cultural activities will enhance the student’s experience and create a study and cultural opportunity unique to Miami Country Day School.

Excursions include
  • Panama Canal transit
  • Monkey Island
  • San Blas Islands
  • Biomuseo
  • Panamanian folklore show
  • Panamanian cooking class
  • Casco Antiguo and historic city center 
  • Aquabus city tour and bay of Panama transit

Tuition & Fees

Program Price: $2,650 

Tuition includes: Round trip airfare direct from MIA to Panama City on Copa Airlines, hotel accommodations at the Hard Rock Megapolis Hotel in Panama City, three meals/day, seminar class, all educational and cultural activities, all entrance fees, airport transfers to/from Panama City airport/hotel, 3 Miami Country Day School chaperones, GATEway gift.
Students must secure a passport and visa (if applicable). 

MIA Departure: February 14, 2019 
MIA Return: February 19, 2019 

Discounts: 
  • Repeat GATEmates: $100 discount 
  • Early bird special (September 12-September 19): $50 discount 
  • Only one discount may be applied 

GATEway Global Citizen Travel Scholarships: 
A limited number of full and partial scholarship are available. Students who are eligible to apply based upon their financial aid package have been contacted by the Admissions & Financial Aid Office. 

Students must secure a passport and visa (if applicable). 

Payment schedule: 
  • September 12-September 28: Deposit of $500 
  • September 29-November 15: $1,200 
  • November 16: Balance due


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