Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination (DI) season. This year, DI Panama participated as a standalone affiliate having separated from the DI Colombia in June 2017. As a result, DI Panama was invited to send a few teams to showcase their projects on the international stage at Global Finals. ISP’s very own Secondary Level Team Hope was one of the chosen teams to represent Panama and ISP in this paramount event. More than 17, 00 students, parents and volunteers attended Global Finals at the University of Tennessee Knoxville this past May 21 – 26. Some of the festivities offered during the tournament included interactive exhibits, pin trading, skills workshops, international events, collaborative games and activities, and Challenge solution presentations.
DI Challenge program included students from more than 48 states and 19 countries participating in competitive Team Challenges . As a participant in the DI Challenge program students were empowered to collaborate, take risks, and have fun while being inspired and equipped to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Over the course of the school year, teams worked together to generate ideas, research different topics and techniques, identify a community need, plan and build a solution for Inside Impact. From designing unlikely amusement attractions to exploring cultural treasures to dropping weights, six new competitive Team Challenges were provided to inspire a team’s journey through the creative process, enhance skills– all while having the best experience possible.
Team Hope’s challenge experience began after participating in the August 2017 CAS service outing to Camp Hope in Coclé, Panama. Camp Hope is Sponsored by iglesia Bautista in la Boca, Balboa. Twice a year they offer a weekend long inclusive experience for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities in Santa Clara.
Through a series of reflections, a group of students joined forces, ideas, and solutions on how to make a bigger Impact during the next Camp Hope trip. They found that the current option of activities offered were inadequate and unbalanced. Thus Team Hope set a goal to provide more balanced opportunities for campers to engage in meaningful, enjoyable and adequate activities based on the campers needs. They were encouraged to enlist Community Partners to help them with the Project. Through these partnerships they carried out a variety of events to meet the needs of the Camp Hope Community, met with Camp Hope directors, created a live theatrical presentation, collected, analyzed and presented infographics with quantitative and qualitative data and designed a Cache Storage Device that transformed and revealed the Cache. While there are so many pieces of information to the project, Team Hope wowed the appraisers at Global Finals in Tennessee ranking 13th out of 48 teams in their category. This unique experience allowed them to present and understand the impact of being a part of a global, collaborative and inclusive community.
Team Hope gives many thanks to all of the ISP community members who supported them through this year’s INSIDE Impact service learning project.