In 2001, when I was accepted and invited to join the Peace Corps in Panamá, I was somewhat disappointed. I had already been to Panamá and traveled around Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí provinces for a couple weeks during a vacation while I was living in Costa Rica the year before.  As great as that… [Continue Reading]

I lived in Panama as a volunteer in the Peace Corps for a little over a year (2001-2002).  It’s probably safe to say that it was the most intense period of my life so far.  It was dense with new experiences and emotional content. It shifted my point of view. I still struggle in communicating… [Continue Reading]

Since 2004, Native Future has worked with the Wounaan of Panamá and two other Panamanian indigenous groups, Ngäbe and the Buglé, to support their education and protect their lands. Native Education provides scholarships and educational opportunities to indigenous students and leaders. It began as a Peace Corps project, in 2001, helping three Ngäbe and Buglé… [Continue Reading]

We would like to extend our most appreciative thanks to everyone who has contributed to our cause in 2016.  Dedicated donors, Peter Hetz and Marianne Kuitert, led the way with a combined gift of $7,500, and challenged us to match their generosity.  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Joe Torres, took up the challenge and passed it… [Continue Reading]

We are happy to announce a new partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS) International Programs to support up to seven Wounaan communities to assess their natural resource management needs and identify and carry out actions to protect and manage at least one non-timber forest product (NTFP). Communities will also receive technical assistance, training and… [Continue Reading]

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My Winding Road to the Wounaan

In 2001, when I was accepted and invited to join the Peace Corps in Panamá, I was somewhat disappointed. I had already been to Panamá and traveled around Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí provinces for a couple weeks during a vacation while I was living in Costa Rica the year before.  As great as that […]

An Entry into the World of the Wounaan

I lived in Panama as a volunteer in the Peace Corps for a little over a year (2001-2002).  It’s probably safe to say that it was the most intense period of my life so far.  It was dense with new experiences and emotional content. It shifted my point of view. I still struggle in communicating […]

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Since 2004, Native Future has worked with the Wounaan of Panamá and two other Panamanian indigenous groups, Ngäbe and the Buglé, to support their education and protect their lands. Native Education provides scholarships and educational opportunities to indigenous students and leaders. It began as a Peace Corps project, in 2001, helping three Ngäbe and Buglé […]