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Tasmania is going to Panama!

Millions of young people, eighteen days, two countries, one faith. The Tasmanian pilgrimage to Panama will not only be an amazing adventure, but could change your life in ways you never thought possible.

This pilgrimage will give you an opportunity to take a step back and enter into a deeper relationship with God and others. It will allow you to experience the truth, goodness and beauty that the Catholic Church has to offer while celebrating the joy of our faith with millions of other young people.

• Be formed in Christ-centred leadership and service
• Meet other young people on fire for their faith
• Experience a mix of prayer, formation, fun, relaxation, celebration, sacraments, fellowship, and an abundance of God’s graces and joy
• Witness the diversity and unity of our Church with millions of young people from all over the world.


Who? 18-35 year olds
When? 16 January 2019 – 3 February 2019
Where? San Jose, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama
What? The pilgrimage will include Days in the Dioceses, World Youth Day week and a post WYD retreat (details below)
How much? $5,700 – includes airfares, accommodation, transfers, WYD week, travel insurance, post-WYD retreat and most meals!


Day 1:  Flight from Hobart – San Jose (Costa Rica)
Days 2-6: Days in the Dioceses with Shalom community, San Jose
Day 7:  Bus from San Jose – Panama City
Days 8-11: World Youth Day week, Panama City
Day 12:  Pilgrimage to final WYD mass, Panama City
Day 13:  Final WYD mass with Pope Francis, Panama City
Day 14:  Bus from Panama City – Arenal (Costa Rica)
Days 15-16: Post-WYD retreat, Arenal
Day 17:  Bus from Arenal – San Jose
Day 17-18: Flight from San Jose – Hobart


Days in the Dioceses


Departing from Hobart, we will fly to San Jose, Costa Rica where our group will join members of the Shalom Community from around the world. Here we will be placed in a Costa Rican parish and experience first-hand what it’s like to live the faith in this part of the world. We will participate in a range of activities with the community and share incredible moments with some amazing new friends.

Popular Sites/Attractions

We will have the opportunity to visit a number of popular sites in both Costa Rica and Panama. Panama City sites include the beautiful Old Town (Casco Viejo), Miraflores locks (Panama Canal), Biodiversity museum and the Amador Causeway just to name a few. We also plan to stop at a number of gorgeous coastal towns between Panama City and San Jose with wonderful beaches and rainforest. In San Jose you can visit Central Avenue, Central market, Parque Morazan, and a number of interesting museums and structures. All of these places have some very unique and breathtaking churches that will be open for prayer and visits.


Our group will have the chance to participate in regular mass and prayer during the pilgrimage. One of the crucial aspects of having an unforgettable World Youth Day is giving God the opportunity to work through the experience. Mass and prayer will give you a chance to reflect and put God at the centre of the pilgrimage, which will allow Him to bless the experience even more.

Catechesis/Workshop Sessions

During WYD week we will be participating in catechesis sessions with thousands of other young Catholics where there will be live music, talks, discussions and workshops with leading bishops and ministry presenters from around the world.


If you like festivals, be prepared to experience plenty of them as they will be on every day during WYD week. They range from festivals of music, arts/drama, presentations, prayer and more.

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are the main event on Friday of WYD week. It’s a great opportunity to participate in one of the ancient traditions of our Church in a new way with young people from all around the world. We can’t tell you what it will be like because at every WYD the Stations are presented in a very unique and beautiful way.

Vigil with Pope Francis

One of the most moving parts of World Youth Day is kneeling down in prayer with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, Pope Francis and millions of other young people in complete silence. What an incredible experience of unity. Despite our unique backgrounds, we get a glimpse of what brings us all together here at WYD.

Camping Overnight

Camping under the stars with millions of other young people is quite the experience. You never know what to expect – but rain or shine, the pilgrims’ spirits can’t be dampened, and there is always music, prayer and celebration (and hopefully some sleep) to carry us to the sunrise. 

Mass with Pope Francis

The highlight and endpoint of WYD week is the final mass with Pope Francis, celebrated outdoors with millions of young people.

Retreat in La Fortuna, Arenal

We will be perfectly positioned at one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica near Arenal volcano for the post WYD wind-down. There will be ample opportunity to relax in the beautiful hot springs nearby whilst allowing the experience of WYD to sink in. The retreat will involve time for discussion, input, down-time and prayer.


July – Applications are Open!
8 September – Applications Close (Deposit Due)
22 September – Second Payment Due
16 October – WYD Formation Night #1
30 October – WYD Formation Night #2
1 November – Final Payment Due
10-11 November – WYD Pilgrim Retreat
27 November – WYD Formation Night #3
11 December – WYD Formation Night #4
13 January – WYD Commissioning Mass
16 January – Tasmania WYD Pilgrimage Departs
3 February – Tasmania WYD Pilgrimage returns
March/April – WYD Reunion Event


Registrations for the pilgrimage are officially open and will close on 7 October 2018.

In order to register for the pilgrimage, you will need to download and complete the Application Pack below:

The Application Pack is available to download HERE

A copy of the Archdiocese of Hobart Privacy Policy can be found HERE 
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If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please email Tomasz.


What is the age cut off for the pilgrimage?
The Tasmanian pilgrimage is open to all young adults between the ages of 18-35. You will need to be 18 by 16 Jan 2019 in order to make the cut-off.

Do I need to apply for any Visas for the pilgrimage?
Yes. You will need to purchase an ESTA Visa for stop-over travel through the Unites States. The cost of this Visa is $14US. More information on purchasing this Visa will be given once you have applied for the pilgrimage.

Can I extend my trip after World Youth Day?
Provisions can be made to extend a trip after World Youth Day, however, this will be assessed with the tour provider on a case by case basis and is subject to flight availability. Provisions cannot be made for those who wish to travel earlier and meet the pilgrimage group overseas.

Is there a pilgrim limit for the Tasmanian Pilgrimage?
Yes. The Tasmanian Pilgrimage to World Youth Day has a fixed number of spaces that are reserved, which is why there is an application process to register. In the event that the Archdiocese receives more applications than spots available, the Archdiocese will look to increase the number of spots so as to include as many people as possible. This may prove to be very difficult, and in the instance that it is not possible, the most suitable applicants will be selected for the pilgrimage via the application process.

Can I work out a specific payment option for the pilgrimage if I am unable to pay the whole amount on time?
The pilgrimage payment has been staggered so as to assist people in paying the full amount. If, however, a pilgrim is still having trouble paying the required amount on time, the Office of Youth Evangelisation will try to work out a suitable payment option that will work. Our aim is to support our pilgrims as much as possible and do whatever we can to assist Tasmanians in going to World Youth Day.

Is it safe to travel to Panama and Costa Rica?
It is safe to travel to both these countries, however, as with any travel, pilgrims are asked to be vigilant and sensible. For more information regarding safety in Panama and Costa Rica, we recommend visiting SMART TRAVELLER to receive clearer guidelines.

Are there any particular health risks I should be aware of in Panama and Costa Rica?
Mosquito and other insect-borne illnesses are a health risk in both Panama and Costa Rica. Some examples include Malaria, Zika virus, Dengue fever, Chikingunya virus, Chagas’ disease and Leishmaniasis. Pilgrims are strongly encouraged to use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved clothing when possible.

Do I need any vaccines before travelling to Panama and Cost Rica?
It is strongly recommended that you receive the Yellow Fever vaccination prior to travel. Panama and Costa Rica are listed by the World Health Organisation as endemic for Yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, which is preventable by vaccination. Protection begins 10 days after vaccination and will provide life-long protection.