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Moving On

Posted by Abby Bryant on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 04:12 PM

“All good things must come to an end, but I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way or with any other people.”

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad

Bocas to Darien: Three Years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama

Posted by Abby Bryant on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:31 AM
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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant, life after college, Business Seminar

Micro Finance in Panama

Posted by Abby Bryant on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 03:43 PM
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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Abby Bryant, Business Seminar

What do Peace Corps Agribusiness Volunteers do in Panama?

Posted by Abby Bryant on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

When I think back to the months leading up to my Peace Corps service, I can still clearly remember how concerned I was about my future work. I was passionate about business, helping people, Spanish, and travel and had asked my recruiter to find me a placement where I could use all of those skills and hobbies. 

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

My House in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Posted by Abby Bryant on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

One of the most frequent questions I get is about my living conditions as a Peace Corps volunteer. Despite the fact that more and more volunteers are living in houses or apartments in cities or towns with complete amenities (refrigerators! wifi!) my house leans more towards the stereotypical house in the jungle side of things.  

I'm very lucky to have a huge, awesome house and an awesome landlord. Though rent is valued at $25 per month, I am instead putting that money towards building a bathroom and improving the house. My house is in the center of town within 5 minutes of the school, our community pavilion, a small store, and 5 other homes.  

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

A Delicious Way to Teach Business

Posted by Abby Bryant on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 02:19 PM

Since one of the biggest aspects of my job as a Peace Corps volunteer is teaching basic business skills and encouraging small scale entrepreneurship, I'm always on the hunt for fun or interesting ways to get villagers interested and involved.  Though sometimes I put a lot of thought into how I'm going to present certain topics, other times it's just gotta happen organically.  

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A Peace Corps Panama Update- I'm Busy!

Posted by Abby Bryant on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 01:25 PM

As those who know me know, I love to stay busy. For example, my last semester at Saint Vincent College I had a full course load of 19 credits, an internship with Clelian Heights School for exceptional children, a part-time job with the admissions department, was President of Women in Business, and a member of a handful of other clubs and organizations. I always had something to do and I loved it. 

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

10 Things to Consider Before Joining the Peace Corps

Posted by Abby Bryant on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

After I started blogging about my Peace Corps experience, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people who are considering joining the Peace Corps, all of which I’m more than happy to answer. However, while I love sharing all of my inspiring and happy moments, I think it’s really important to share the tough times too. If you’re thinking about becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer, it’s best to be prepared!

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Topics: study abroad, Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

A Day in the Life of a Peace Corps Volunteer

Posted by Abby Bryant on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “So, what do you do?” Given that there are over 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in the world and none of us follow the same schedule or exact job description, I’d say that’s a pretty valid question.

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

A Very Special Guest in Panama

Posted by Abby Bryant on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

During our last goodbyes in June of this past year, my dad tearfully hugged me and promised to visit me in Panama for Christmas. It was that very visit that gave me something to look forward to and got me through some of my roughest moments down here. 

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad, Abby Bryant

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Paige Casario

Paige Casario is a junior International Business major with minors in Spanish and Operational Excellence. She is studying Business and Spanish and living with a host family in Sevilla, Spain, for the spring semester. She is very excited for this opportunity and experience and can't wait to venture all over Spain and Europe.

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