Panamerican Proceeding

Lend me an ear and you will hear the rants and raves of this volunteer. "Nothing is stronger than the heart of a volunteer" says Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle (parden the pun), but perhaps no one is crazier either. Why do we care so much? Herein lies a glimpse of my Pan-American experience.

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Location: Bocas Del Toro, Panama Este, Panama

The proceeding 'Panamerican' is a Master's International Student and Peace Corps Volunteer. Disclaimer: Contents are the author's viewpoints only, (need to stress only), and many may have been written on particularly poor days.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Seth's Pictures

Some of my favorite photos taken by Seth when he came down last month.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I'm Moving!

Yeah that's right, it's final. I'll be leaving the Bocas del Toro province (lush, green, mountains, trees, indigenous) to the province of Panama Este (dry, brown, flat, deforested, Latino). I was near Costa Rica, now I'm near Columbia. I won't actually move permanently until another month or so, but will be leaving my site Oct. 5th.

This past week I was in the Comarca Ngäbe-Bugle teaching the new volunteers how to build composting latrines.

Thanks to everybody that sent their birthday wishes to me this past week, but the best news I got was that I'm an uncle again! Grace Ella was born Sept. 18th.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


No Mom, I didn't get another tattoo. Some kids in my site wanted tattoos "just like mine" so I got out my sharpie and we had a little fun on a rainy day. The first two are mine and provided the template.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Primer Año

Since I arrived in Panama last year, there has been many changes. I've lost 45 brother and his wife moved to Iowa and are expecting their first child in father moved to southern mother met her current fiancé and is planning their wedding for grandfather passed away in late May...I went back for the ex-girlfriend got engaged...many friends finished college, got engaged, or sister-in-law finished a CNA sister returned to nieces and nephews finished another year of school including all their extracurricular activities...been a few really sick days and a few really amazing days...qué mas? Seems like more has changed.

It's really interesting meeting the new volunteers and seeing myself in them last year. I didn't know where anything was, how anything worked, how to speak, how to listen, how to stay healthy, or how to stop sweating. Funny hearing them compliment my Spanish but not as funny suddenly feeling older. Birthday 26 is coming up in a couple of weeks.

I'm on my way home returning from a leadership conference with my counterpart. It was really well done and he got a lot out of it. I could see his confidence growing right in front of me. Well, I'm gonna sign off, hopefully my package came in today. Happy Labor Day!