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.


Monday, May 25, 2009


I`m in Divisa right now for TECHNICAL WEEK at INA (Instituto Nacional de Agricultura):

We are staying in a big house with showers (cold water), bunk beds, and a TV! ohh and each room has a FAN...which is really nice. Across from the house I can see a horse in the pasture!
This place would have been awesome to run at but....we all know that isn´t possible right now =(.

Yesterday, a couple minutes after we arrived, it started pooring! It was SERIOUS RAIN! In the middle of the monsun, we went out to lunch...which cost $1.85 for rice, beans, salad, meat chunks, and a banana.

For dinner I had SANCOCHO with arepa de CHOCOLO!!! >It was really good. I thought about la finca en Colombia...we have an arepa de chocolo stand nearby which is really really good. (we actually drove almost to Chitre which is really close to my site....=).

This morning we learned about GOATS (cabras). It was really intersting. I felt really cool because I had used all the machines that were in the the reproduction lab while I was at UF. When he was talking about artificial insemination...I knew excatly what he was talking about and i understood why he was having trouble getting the embryo´s to attach in the receptor goats. The vet asked me if i wanted to come back in a couple weeks when they planned on started the second rounds of inseminations. I would really like too. It seems a lot simpler than inseminating horses and cattle...FOR SURE. Plus, Goats´milk is really nutritious and apparently you can get up to 6 liters a day from a goat....which you can sell!. The goat project seems like a really simple project to start at my site. I am intersted in finding out more info.

The rest of the day we spent out by a rice tank. Since i´m hurt, I couldn´t fanguear (stomp around in the mudd). With pleasure I sat by the tank and cleaned rice seeds...=).
I feel like i´ve been here forever and it´s only been ONE DAY!

MEALS have been very weak! I hope dinner is better today...if going to be a very sad

(sorry again for no pictures....I´ll try another day)

I love you all! Hope you enjoyed the day off!!!


  1. Hey Vale,

    Glad to hear and see you're doing pretty well despite the ankle. It seems like a nice yet tough experience you're having but keep through it you'll make it. That was pretty cool about your blog of the insemination and the goats.. so you could do vet stuff there thats awesome!..
    Well, I haven't heard much from NYC yet, still don't know where i'm living. I'm actually gonna send out my housing papers today. I won a scholarship for med school! :) its like 45% tuition paid!!. I'm super excited to go up to NYC but I still got lots of time left over here in Miami not doing much. Once I got out of school I was dying just to do nothing and chill for a bit but its getting boring. :| .. I'll send you something from NY once I move up there. good luck with everything!!! you're awesome!!!
    Jessica Pastoriza