PCPF Members in Panamá

Returned Peace Corps Panama Volunteers (Panama RPCVs):

Many Panama RPCVs have stayed involved in Panama after comleting their Peace Corps service.  Here are some that we know about.

If you’re still involved, lets us know so we can add you to this webpage.

  • Florence Reed, founder of Sustainable Harvest InternationalSustainable Harvest InternationalFlorence Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International in 1997 to address the global issues of poverty and deforestation in Central America.  In 2012, the National Peace Corps Association awarded her the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service.  Read more . . .

Returned Panama PCV’s founded Native Future to protect rainforest and prevent the cultural extinction of a unique indigenous people.  They principally work with the Wounaan indigenous people in Panama.  The Wounaan number 6,800 people and live in 18 small villages scattered throughout the eastern rainforests of the Majé and Darién regions.

•        Jerga de Panamá
Roxana Fitch’s “Jerga… Argot… Slang… Modismo…” dictionary.

•        Panamá Verde
Teach young Panamanians to become better citizens by training them to address environmental and social issues in their communities.

The Pajaro Jai sailboat was constructed on the banks of a river in the Darien rainforest of Panama under the leadership of Panama RPCV Jim Brunton.

Pajaro Jai

Nina Muller-Schwartz produced a documentary film about Panama buses.

Does globalization eradicate local cultures, or do people embrace global products while maintaining their own style? The film explores this question by using the bus as a symbol.

Theoretical directions in anthropology (symbolism, postmodernism, heteroglossia) are used to make a film. The Panamanian context is preserved through detailed English subtitles (which allow viewers to hear Panamanian Spanish), and through the medium of description (buses are described through gossip, a typical Panamanian way of gathering information). Anthropological thick description in the form of layers of interviews with people from all walks of Panamanian life are interspersed with postmodern sensory imagery of bus rides. This ethnographic documentary discusses transportation, globalization, and the expression of Panamanian cultural identity.

  • Soposo Rainforest AdventuresSoposo Rainforest AdventuresDemecia Lloyd (RPCV Group 44) is operating Soposo Rainforest Adventures for people who are searching for a unique and genuine rain forest experience.  They are located in Bocas del Toro, Panamá.

Bonnie Birker (Panama RPCV Group 14, La Enea de Guararé, Los Santos) operates the Casa del Puerto bed and breakfast,  oceanfront vacation rentals in the center of the Azuero peninsula coastline.  We are in the heart of Panama’s folkloric traditions and celebrations, with diverse tropical plants and trees in a dry forest region and the kindest, friendliest people.

  • The Purple House

Andrea Aster (RPCV David, Chiriquí, 2000-2002) celebrates six years of running The Purple House International Backpackers’ Hostel in David, Chiriquí.

•        FARMS Leadership

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