Category Archives: Panama

Meredith Cornett in Panama

Country of Service: Panama
Place of Service: Tranquilla, Chagres National Park
Dates in Service: 1991-1993

Accession Date: August 31, 2021
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 17 cassette tapes and digital files

Document Types

  • Sound/Recordings

Digital Surrogates

  • All tapes have digital versions

Finding Aid

  1. 17 cassette tapes recorded while living in the remote village of Tranquilla in Chagres National Park   
  2. Accompanying digital files 

Eric C. Brookens in Panama

Name: Eric C. Brookens
Country of Service: Panama
Place of Service: Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province
Service Type: Department of Agriculture, Division of Cooperatives
Dates in Service: 1964-1966
Keywords: Agriculture, Community Development, Health

Accession Date: February 4-6, 2020
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 0.75 linear feet

Document Types
• Reports
• Training Materials
• Journals
• Photographs

Finding Aid

Box 1 

  1. Diary, Puerto Rico Training, September – December 1964 
  2. Diary, Panama, January 1- March 31, 1965 
  3. Diary, Panama, April 1- June 30, 1965 
  4. Diary, Panama, October 1 – December 31, 1965 
  5. Diary, Panama, January 1- June 30, 1966 
  6. News clippings, 1965 
  7. Training Manual and Syllabus, 1964 
  8. Training Notes, University of Arizona, July to September 1964 
  9. Reports and Completion of Service Certificate, 1966 
  10. “El Canal de Panama: 50th Anniversaries, 1914-1964”  

Box 2 

  1. Diary, Panama, July 1-Sept 30, 1965 [Diary was burnt in transit between Panama and the United States] 

Sara Miller in Panama

Name: Sara Miller
Country of Service: Panama
Place of Service: Los Santos
Service Project Title: Community Environmental Conservation
Dates in Service: 2016-2019
Keywords: Agriculture, Community Development, Environment

Accession Date: October 6, 2019
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 digital file

Document Types/Finding Aid

Every Picture Tells a Story

Steven Orr served in the Peace Corps in Panama from 1964 to 1966. While in the city of Santiago de Veraguas, Orr worked with Emilio Jose Batista Castillo, the director of the Instituto Vocacional de Veraguas, a small vocational school.

With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Orr, additional PCVs, and Emilio transformed the small institute (consisting originally of essentially an empty shed) into a three building campus. Orr worked with Emilio to create the school’s curriculum. The school later became the Central Provinces Branch of the University of Panama and grew to include close to 20 buildings and classrooms. Emilio would later work in deep-water port management, working internationally in places such as Odessa, London, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

The photo below, taken in 1965 in Santiago, shows local Panamanian youths, students of the vocational school, and Peace Corps volunteers. This photograph showcases how collective efforts of various groups can make lasting changes throughout the world.


Panamanian Youths, students, and PCVs in Santiago de Veraguas, 1965. (extreme left, back row: Steven D. Orr; fifth from left, back row: Pauline Malone (PCV) ; ninth from left, back row: Louise Foy (PCV) ; eleventh from left, back row: Merrill Mazza (PCV) ; extreme right: Peace Corps Regional Director Emory Tomor.



Rachel Teter in Panama

Rachel Teter

Country of Service: Panama
Dates in Service: 2011-2013
Keywords: Agriculture

Accession Date: August 13, 2014
Access: Donor must be notified via email when permission to publish is requested
Collection Size: 1647 items

Link to digital collection.

Document Types and Finding Aid