Peace Corps Panama

Hello, welcome to my blog. I created this blog as I am preparing to leave to Panama for the next 27 months. I will be serving as a Sustainable Agriculture Systems Extension Agent. I will try to keep my blog as updated as possible. Come Visit and Stay tuned so that I can share this experience with you.

Hola, Bienvenidos a mi Blog. Me estoy preparando para ir a Panamá los próximos 27 meses. Voy a estar sirviendo como agente de Sistemas sostenibles de Agricultura. Tratare de mantener este blog lo más actualizado posible. Vénganme a visitar. Manténgase informados con mi blog para que pueda compartir estas experiencias con ustedes.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Development is Love in Action"

Day two in Panama!
We got our Pananamanian Bank accounts today! along with ATM cards!!! ( no money on them though...hahaa). I had a swim test which consisted of being able to swim for 10 minutes (however you could) and then jumping in with jeans into the water and turning them into flotation devices. I also has my Spanish Placement Interview(SPI) in which PC Panama realized that they were going to have to give me a special schedule since they didn't want me taking 4 hours of spanish classes EVERYDAY. I am excited to see what I will have to do in that time. After the SPI, I had a meeting with the Sustainable Agriculture System (SAS) Program Coordinator. That went really well. She told me that I was selected for the Animal Husbandry program which made me really Happy! She was really excited about my qualifications and being able to put me at a site where I will really be able to make a difference.

Lunch and dinner were rice, chicken, veggies, and platano maduro!
After dinner a few of us went on a walk (where we got eaten alive by bugs). I found out that some of the other girls that live with me also have boyfriends in the US. It's interesting to hear the different ways that the male counterparts are having with this change. We walked by this party/concert that was going on in the middle of the soccer fields. If we hadn't been ithcing so much, i think we would have stayed. On the walk we were talking about how many times during meetings and presentations we have heard how this will be a "life changing experience". We came to the conclusion that it is because people come open to the idea that it will be and are ready for it. It's like your birthday. It's just a regular day until you decide to celebrate it and make it special. Same with experiences in our lives. We have to decide that people we meet and things we do will be special and life changing. We have to open ourselves up and MAKE opportunities for ourselves;Not just wait for them to come knocking on our door. As we walked around the campus here at Cuidad de Saber, a couple days away from the start of training, we realized that the one thing we all had in common was that we were looking for an opportunity that would give your life PURPOSE. We know it is not going to get easier but it's easier to work through the down days when you know that in the end, at least ONE person will benefit from your hard work.

Enough chitchat...hahaha, Now I'm watching Premios Billboard on TV. I had to play with the antena until we got a clear image. I guess i am the house bug killer and cable proud.

We will see what adventures come my way tomorrow! we will be driving into the city in the afternoon for dinner...ooooolala. UN BESOTE!!!!


  1. Vale! que tal el paraiso donde estas? TV, buena comida, buen clima, agua caliente y fria, casita equipada! Te pensamos desde NYC y esperamos verte en el 2010.

  2. From now on I will never step on a boat unless I have jeans on.

  3. Hey excting....i just got home from Juan's house and i thought of you...we saw YES MAN>> you can probably get it online for free without downloading it...its funny!!
    Well im glad to see your not living under a bridge or anything like that.. the smiles on your face in the three pictures you sent us say a lot and i can see by the food ur not having such a bad time!! Well keep taking pictures and enjoy every minute of it. I love you Valeria and i miss you!!

    que buen relato, siento como si estuviese ahi!!

    Esos mosquitos parecian enormes no?? almenso asi los vi yo desde aca!