Here’s the 411

I promise to write more once I’ve had a chance to absorb it all. For now, here’s the 411 on my Peace Corps assignment…

COUNTRY:  Panama

PROGRAM:  Community Economic Development (CED)

JOB TITLE:  CED Consultant

ORIENTATION:  Aug 11-12, 2009 in a U.S. city yet to be named.

TRAINING:  Aug 13 – Oct 22, 2009 in Panama (I will be living with a host family)

SERVICE: Oct 23, 2009 – Oct 27, 2011 (After training, I can move into my own home)

LIVING CONDITIONS (per Peace Corps): Rural Panamanian-style house… a simple concrete blockhouse with cement floors and a tin roof or adobe or grass huts with dirt floors or wooden floors on stilts with palm-thatched roofs.

THE GOALS:  The focus is on strengthening the management and leadership capacity of Rural Cooperatives, Local Organizations, and Youth to increase job and economic opportunities.  There are three goals:

  1. To improve management and leadership practices.
  2. To identify resources and employ strategic planning to stabilize and/or expand economic opportunities.
  3. To empower youth through the acquisition of life, entrepreneurial, and technological skills.

MY DUTIES:  I will be working as a consultant to improve small business management and leadership capacity. Some of my tasks will include:

  • Transformational leadership training
  • Train the trainer
  • Instruction in writing business plans and training modules.
  • Training in strategic planning, problem-solving, decision-making, market research, feasibility studies
  • Educate youth in teamwork, leadership, and effective communication
  • Support income-generating projects of other volunteers including 1) Community Environmental Conservation, 2) Environmental Health, 3) Tourism and English Advising, and 4) Sustainable Agricultural Systems.




  1. Dee Dee said

    I am intrigued and excited about your new journey. Boy will you have some stories to tell and some memories to share. I know that you will indeed be a blessing in your new environment because you were and continue to be a blessing in my life. Charlie is a blast, a real companion with the heart of a lion. You will continue to be in our prayers and can not wait for your letters to come forth from your new adventure. God Bless You.

  2. Denisse said

    I am so excited for you! I know this is something you have been looking forward to for a long time and indeed the time has come! I wish you the very best as you embark on this new journey. You have been an inspiration to me with your kind and gentle words, and I know you will be to others anywhere you go. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself in the short amount of time we worked together! God bless!

  3. Alycen said

    WOW … (now you are just counting down the days)…I know this opportunity is one you are looking forward to and in my opinion perfect for… I cannot wait to read updates in the future, thank you for sharing each step as well as your experiences. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you and those you will be with

  4. culeen carey said

    Congratulations Anita! God has set his plan in motion for you again. I can’t wait to begin hearing about your experiences. The Peace Corp has certainly chosen well. I know you will excel in your responsibilities and goals positively impacting the lives of Panamanians in your community. Conversely, this experience will positively impact your life as well. As they say, “life is a journey” and yours continues to be very interesting. Love and prayers as you begin preparing.

  5. wago morris said

    “hola” Anita como le va en que parte de penonomé estas trabajando ;yo soy de kunayala me gustaria conocerte;he tenido muchos amistades de peace corps ya que he estado ayudandole a los voluntarios en ailigandi, kuanayala,pero en estos momentos vivo en santiago de veraguas ya que estudio ayi asistente veterinaria.
    me gustaria tener una amistad copntigo;cualquier cosa si esta´s de acuerto que nos conoscamos dimelo y veremos como podemos hacernos para que nos encontremos y hablemos.
    chao y cuidate mucho

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