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|Site(s)||San Pedro de Pacora|
|Assignment(s)||Agriculturewarning.png"Agriculture" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.|
|Jim Rouhan started in Panama 1991|
|Agriculture in Panama:|
|James A. Brunton, Jr., Jim Rouhan|
|Other Volunteers who served in Panama
|Ralph Blessing, James A. Brunton, Jr., Jeff Busch, Fdeworken, Steven Orr, David Peterson, Augusto Polit, Ronald Rivera, Jim Rouhan, Robert St. Germain, Jeremy Terhune, Steve Treacy, Gena Vossenberg Bernal, Emily Walters, Daniella Zanin-Pereira|
|Projects in Panama
|Business Plan Development Seminars, Captain Planet Ecological and Education Fair Panama, Chalite Community Center Construction, Community Center (Panama), Community IT Center Panama, Community Latrine Project (Panama), Community Park Renovation, Community Park for Youth Development and Environmental Conservation, Development of Tourist Welcome Center, EcoClub Manual, Ecotourism Project Embera Indian Tribe Panama, El Zapote Community Latrine, Latrine Project Panama, Quebrada Tula Rural Health Services Improvement, Rural Water Committee Training, Seeders Program, Small Coffee Farmer Business Training Panama, The Simple Necesity of Clean Water Kru Nikode, Panama, Water Catchment Systems|
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Served for 2 years as an agricultural extension agent. Projects included horticulture, poultry, swine, pasture improvement, agroforestry, english classes at local school, and community development such as creating a sports club.
Working with the youth of Pacora was much more productive than working with adult groups, however there were individual campesinos interested in improving and diversifying their crops. By providing guidance with a sports club I was able to gain the trust and acceptance of the locals rather than my solely working agricultue.
I have maintained my experiences from Panama ever since returning. I teach Spanish part time at night, helping US citizens understand latino cultures and language. I also work a great deal with the Latinos in our community solve problems and interpreting. In my full time job as a landscape specialist for a municipality, I plant tropical food crops;papaya, mango, pineapple sugar cane, cassava, and so on. They get mixed into the annual flower beds, and I have been fortunate in that many people ask what plants are and how to grow them. We have also grown rice a time or two.