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October 1, 2010


Good thing I wrote that long post about life in the Comarca because that is going to my life for the next two years!!!!! I had a dream last night that I was placed in a site in the Comarca, the only difference was that it looked a lot like the woods in my dear hometown of Prescott. I thought that was strange, but when I was sharing this with one of the Directors this morning, she pointed out that it could represent how this place will become my home over the next two years. Oh the ways our mind works.

The town is called Chichica, has a population of 2000 and is located one hour and half up from the Panamerican highway from the larger city of Tole. It is equidistant (approx 4 hours) from David (which is supposed to be an awesome city) and from Santiago, which are the neighboring regional capitals. The town is full of businesses who are eager to work with someone to develop business skills and it even has a complete high school. My main focus will be with the businesses (including an agricultural cooperative, an artisan coop, 15 small stores, and potentially an eco-tourism group). Working in the school to do Junior Achievment (business skills class) and Panama Verde (Eco-focused group) will be my secondary projects.

The best part is that there are literally 12 other volunteers from my group (Community Economic Development and Environmental Health) that are heading there as well. This will add to the 15-20 volunteers already present in the area. AND there is a volunteer in the same site as me! I think it is wonderful and I am elated to get started!

Since Im still on cloud nine because of the quality of work and the great people that I will be surrounded with, the lack of electricity, inconsistent running water, and possible lack of fruits/vegetables (and you know how much I LOVE fruits and veggies), and living in a hut with a dirt floor has not yet sunk in. Taking it a day at a time and really look forward to this amazing transition that is taking place. I became very passionate about the indigenous once I learned more about it, so I think this was exactly what needed to happen!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin Walsh permalink
    October 16, 2010 6:48 am

    Sounds like this was a great match for you. Congratulations and I’m looking forward to more stories and education on Panama and Chichica.

    • October 19, 2010 9:18 pm

      Thanks Kristin! Im glad that it is interesting to read. I just visited my site for the first time this weekend and it was wonderful! lll be updating soon.

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