Begin iHolá Panamá! Application

JAN 15, 2019 -Part I of the application and financial aid requests due online with $300 deposit

• Student and parent information

FEB 1, 2019 – Part II of the application due:

• Teacher recommendation (for students of non partner schools)

• Parent questionnaire

• Physician’s report

• Terms of agreement

FEB 15, 2019 – Acceptance notices sent

MARCH 15, 2019 – Full balance due ($4,000)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 – Family meeting/Important info disseminated

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 – Pre-departure meeting



Part 1: Student and Parent Information

Beginners are welcome!

Once we receive your son’s or daughter’s application, deposit of $300.00, we will confirm that space is available. You will then receive an email with a link to the portal for our Admission Review forms.

We will hold your child’s place pending application review. If there are no spaces available you may choose to be placed on a waiting list.

Please note: No Spanish experience is necessary. Our language immersion program in Panamá is individualized. It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who have had formal (classroom) or informal (home) experience with Spanish.

iHolá Panamá! Application

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After you have submitted your completed application above, please click below to enter the payment portal.

Part 2 – Admission Review forms include

  • Teacher Recommendation (for non-member schools)

  • Parent Questionnaire

  • Physician’s Review/immunizations/ Dietary/Allergies

  • Terms of agreement

  • Tuition assistance Request

Admission Policy

Once we receive your son’s or daughter’s application, deposit of $300.00, we will confirm that space is available. You will then receive an email with a link to the portal for our Admission Review forms.

We will hold your child’s place pending application review. If there are no spaces available you may choose to be placed on a waiting list.

During our admission review, we carefully review each applicant’s trip forms to determine whether or not he or she qualifies for admission. Please note that admission to ¡Hola Panamá! is selective and based upon our thorough review of these forms. We work hard to create a compatible and enthusiastic group in which every participant both contributes to and benefits from the experience.

We seek to admit participants who have demonstrated that they possess the personal qualities and experience necessary to succeed on an international trip. ¡Hola Panamá! is nurturing and supportive; our group will travel, live and study as a group, helping each other and cooperating in ways big and small, and they do all of this far from home. As a result, every participant must be able to thrive in an environment that places equal emphasis on:

  •  Teamwork and shared responsibilities
  •  Independence and self-reliance
  •  Support of others and consideration for others

Payment Information

  • A deposit of $300.00 to hold your spot is due January 15th, 2019 with the application
  • Admission review forms are due no later than February 1st, 2019
  • Acceptances are sent out by February 15, 2019
  • Balance of $4,000.00 is due on March 15, 2019
  • We accept credit cards or checks. If you chose to pay with a credit card, please CLICK HERE
Submit Payment Here

If you choose to pay by check please make your checks payable to:
Marin Horizon School and send by March 15, 2018 to:
Carla Wilkins, Executive Director
¡Hola Panamá!
305 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Please read our Payment and refunds policies below

Payment and Refunds Policy

 If, upon our review of your child Admission Review Forms, the offer of a spot is withdrawn by ¡Hola Panamá! a full refund of all payments to ¡Hola Panamá! will be made.

 If, at any point we determine that you have provided incomplete, misleading or false statements, we may withdraw the offer of admission and no refund of any payments to ¡Hola Panamá! will be made.

 If you withdraw your child before May 15th, 2019 (notice of the withdrawal must be made in writing) previous payments are refundable except for the $300 deposit. If you withdraw your child after airline tickets have been purchased, previous payments are refundable minus the cost of the airline ticket and the $300 deposit.

 If you withdraw your child after May 15, 2019 there are no refunds for any reason (including, but not limited to: voluntary withdrawal, illness or injury, summer school, security concerns or any other reason).

 If your child leaves a program after it starts, there are no refunds for any reason including, but not limited to: voluntary withdrawal, illness or injury, dismissal by ¡Hola Panamá, (due to discipline, behavior, lack of motivation, etc.) security concerns or any other reason. Any costs incurred by ¡Hola Panamá! related to an early departure are the sole responsibility of the parents.

Expectations and Rules

¡Hola Panamá! is a program of wholesome and structured experiences with high expectations of each participant’s behavior. Our participants are expected to be enthusiastic, positive, helpful and supportive of each other and of their leaders. They are expected to participate in all of the group’s activities. They understand that smoking, using any tobacco product, drinking alcohol or using any drugs (other than prescribed medications) is strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to dismiss a camper for any reason we deem is in his/her or the group’s best interest– including but not limited to: rule breaking, a poor attitude, misbehaving, or an inability to fully participate in the program. Campers who are dismissed receive no refund and all costs associated with the dismissal are the sole responsibility of the parents/guardians. If a camper is dismissed from the program his or her parents/guardians are responsible for making the travel arrangements to bring their student home.

Phone calls, cell phones and electronics

Our program and leaders encourage independence and self-reliance, but we also recognize that you and your child will want to communicate while he/she is in Panama City. At minimum, you can expect your child to call home on arrival and departure with our phones and assistance if he/she does not bring one. You can also expect regular trip updates from our Program Leader. If your child brings a phone for use during his/her ¡Hola Panamá! program, please do not have your child bring an expensive smart phone; instead have your child bring an inexpensive cell phone that can be equipped with a prepaid card. Please do not bring other personal electronics (e.g., iPods, Kindles, iPads, GPS or similar devices) except for digital cameras. The School is not responsible for the theft, loss or damage of any electronic devices, including cell phones and cameras.

I have read, understand and agree to Hola Panamá Expectations, Cell Phones & Electronics Policies.*

Allergies and Intolerances

We recognize there are many young people with food allergies or intolerances. We ask parents of a prospective ¡Hola Panamá! participant with an allergy/intolerance to please consider the following important information.

Most meals at ¡Hola Panamá! are prepared in basic kitchens and groceries are typically purchased from small stores with limited choices.

While we cannot guarantee allergen-free meal settings, we will take reasonable steps to provide allergen-free/gluten-free foods if possible.

Managing food and other allergies/intolerances is a partnership. Our commitment to the health and well-being of each of our program participants is paramount. Our goal is to partner with parents and campers.

We therefore expect parent’s to clearly describe their child’s allergies or intolerances, as well as their maturity level and capability to self-manage his or her allergy or intolerance.

We work together with parents in a collaborative and interactive process to determine if there are reasonable accommodations that can be made so that otherwise qualified applicants can participate in our programs.

Campers on the program take an active role in managing their allergies, including reading food labels as needed, eating only those foods with known ingredients, and seeking a leader if a reaction is suspected.

Student Illness or Injury

Anytime a student is treated for an injury or illness—however minor—by a doctor or medical personnel, our office will make reasonable attempts to notify the camper’s parents. A director will call the parents to explain the nature of the injury or illness, the sequence of events leading up to the injury and/or the steps leading to the treatment. When possible, parents will be able to speak with the medical personnel, with the program leaders and with the child.

I have read, understand and agree to the Hola Panamá Policy Concerning Camper Illness or Injury.*