A First Look at Panama {Month 1 – July 2017}

A First Look at Panama {Month 1 – July 2017}

http://chirosolutionsgroup.com/ So it’s been awhile since I’ve actually been on a computer so I’m a little late on the updates but from here on out, I hope to regularly post once every 2 weeks when I go to town to gather supplies. Let’s start with my first month in Panama!

can you buy topamax over the counter in dubai It was 4 AM on July 10th and I arrived at the airport with my bags packed for staging in Miami. My heart was racing, so many thoughts were going through my head. I was ready for a new chapter in my life, but had no idea what was waiting for me on the other side.

order finast online usa I had a lot of great things going for me, or what you would call “living the American dream,” but I wasn’t happy; I felt that there was something waiting for me, like I had a greater purpose in this world and I hoped that Peace Corps would help me find that fulfillment by leaving it all behind.

Staging in Miami was a blur; I spent 3 days doing ice breakers and meeting 48 new Peace Corps Trainees that I was going to be spending these next two years with. Most of staging was an introduction to Peace Corps, its mission, and putting us into the mindset of living in Panama. We were given money for meals, and a lot of PCT’s spent all of it, but my advice is to save as much of it as you can because the dollar goes a long way in Panama.

Staging in Miami

Stepping off the plane in Panama City, everything was thrown at us all at once; we met the country director and our “greeters,” current PCV’s who are our guides for the week to help us get acquainted. We were immediately shuffled onto a Diablo Rojo called ‘Mama Chacha,’ which are old US school buses that are converted into colorful modes of transportation in Panama City. WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene) and SAS (Sustainable Agriculture Systems) were separated into different training communities, where we met our host families for the next three months. Night fell, and I was finally settled-in and on my bed in silence. I was in awe thinking, “This is it. I’m finally here and this is actually happening.”

Learning about the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé culture
Diablo Rojo, Mama Chacha

The first few weeks in Panama were spent in training sessions about Peace Corps policies, Spanish language and Panamanian cultural sessions, and technical classes about our future work in Panama. We had a lot going on with homework, projects, and learning Spanish with our host families, but we managed to have a few outings in our free time; two of my favorites were spending the day in the city and going to Playa Farallon.

Learning about Emberá-Wounaan culture in the Darien
Panama City

After so much time waiting, I am excited to begin my Peace Corps journey here in Panama and to see what stories will unfold. Read about my Top Things to do in Panama on a Budget, Playa Farallon, or Creepy Crawlies & The Comarca {Month 2 – August 2017}!

Quote of the Month:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Playa Farallon

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