Greetings from Panama.
3 weeks into my journey and here’s my first blog post. We arrived in Panama on April 22nd and had a few days of training right outside of the city. We then moved to our training site where we will be living with our host family for the next 10 weeks. My host family is great. They are so friendly and very helpful with everything. Training days are tiring- 8 hours of class combined with 95+ degree weather makes for a great night of rest.
The culture here is fantastic. The food, music, soccer and people are awesome. This past weekend I visited a volunteer in an Embera Indgenous site and had an absolute wonderful time. It took an hour bus ride and then a 45 minute river boat journey to get there.
My Spanish is slowly but surely coming along. I hope to become fluent in these next 10 weeks of training. I have made some great friends here in Panama. My tourism and english advising group is full of wonderful people and we all seem to get along great. We are all very anxious to be finding out our site placements in the next few weeks.
I will make sure to add some photos here later this week when I have another chance to get on the internet. I miss you all and can’t wait to have more time to share my journey with you all in more detail. Until then—-ciao!