Building My First House on Isla Grande, Panama
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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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