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Peace Corps Panamá Peace Corps Service in the Republic of Panamá 1995-1997

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Overview of Peace Corps service 1995-97

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Peace Corps PanamáPeace Corps Service

in the Republic of Panamá

1995-1997

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An Overview of Panamá

• Location– Borders are Costa Rica to the west, Columbia to the East,

the Caribbean Sea to the North and the Pacific Ocean to the South

– Lies approximately 7 degrees above the equator.• Size

– Slightly smaller than South Carolina

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An Overview of Panamá

• Geography– Interior – steep, rugged mountains– Coastal – plains and rolling hills

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View from La Laguna de San Carlos

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Agriculture in the Chiriquí Province – adaptations to the mountainous terrain

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Isla San José, Pearl Islands

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Portrero in the Caribbean lowlands of the Bocas del Toro Province

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Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro Archipelago

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Denuded foothills in central Veraguas

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Tres monjas, Isla San José, Pearl Islands

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An Overview of Panamá

• Climate – tropical, hot, and humid!!!– Rainy Season – May to

January– Dry Season – January to

May

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Darien Rainforest at the Entrance of the Rio Sambu

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La Laguna de San Carlos as an Agua Cerro Approaches

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Flooded roads and fields 10 minutes after an agua cerro hits

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“Poor Man’s Umbrella.”

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Another Common Umbrella

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An Overview of Panamá

• Population – Estimated 2.9 million (2003)– 1.2 million people live in Panama City

• People– Mestizo 70%, West Indian 14%, Caucasian 10%,

Amerindian 6%

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Panama City

A city of stark contrasts

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Coming into Panama City on an overcast day

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Section of depauperate housing near French Quarter

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Panama City French Quarter church

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Quiet early morning streets of the French Quarter

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An Overview of Our Service

• Training in Costa Rica - 3 months

• Sites in Panama –– Chitra, Veraguas, 6 months– La Laguna, Coclé, 1 ½ years

• Total Length of Peace Corps Service:– 2 years and 3 months

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Overview of Our Work

• Primary Job– Agroforestry Volunteers:

• Taught sustainable agricuture and reforestation

• Secondary Project – Important Bird Areas of Panamá:

• A joint project run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Panamá Audubon Society

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