Building My First House on Isla Grande, Panama

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© Charles Rushton
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I was a Peace Corps volunteer from August 1967 to August 1969. I lived on Isla Grande, Panama, an island on the Caribbean side going toward Colombia from Colon. I did community development work until 1969, then taught English at a Catholic school in Panama City. This is a shot of the building of my first house. It cost around $40 to build. Most of that cost was for transporting dunnage (from United Fruit Company docks) from Colon to the Island to build the floor, and to pay the carpenter (upper left) who supervised the building. The rest of the materials were from the jungle in the mainland and a neighboring island. The people of Isla Grande volunteered to prepare the thatch for the roof.

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  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (24 Jun 2013):

    This is great. Looks like some of the building materials used in Haiti.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2013):

    Forty dollars,unreal!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (24 Jun 2013):

    Great shot, great story.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (24 Jun 2013):

    Wow! Very interesting narrative and image..Your house being by the water had a wonderful view.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Jun 2013):

    Great for you to have it in photos! I did my volunteer at the Habitat for community recently. It was a very fulfilling experience. I plan to do it again.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Jun 2013):

    In the hunt for the best of JPG's Theme Park!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jun 2013):

    I met many Peace Corps people when I lived in Brazil. You all did a great job. A wondereful capture of the first house you built Charles.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jun 2013):

    Perfect for the theme by the way!

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  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (28 Jun 2013):

    You have my respect, then and now.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (29 Jun 2013):

    An amazing story and a very telling photo. Greatly admire both.

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 May 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (30 May 2015):

    This is so precious!! My vote !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Jul 2015):

    Congrats on making the blog!

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