GoHither.Net
Welcome
Authors
Submit Story

Stories:
Asia
Bhutan
Cambodia
India
Japan
Vietnam
Australia
The Caribbean
Cuba
Central America
Panama
Europe
Belgium
Italy
Poland
Romania
United Kingdom
Middle East
Turkey
South America
Ecuador

Steve Spangler
Bud, Mechi, John and Steve dining at Bambito Hotel in Panama.

Steve Spangler
from Arlington, Virginia, USA
spanglers@yahoo.com


Stories

Two Peace Corps Volunteers Return to Panama (March 2002)


I was Ohio-born and raised -- born in Toledo, grew up there and in Lima, and went to Miami University in Oxford.

In 1964, after college, I joined the Peace Corps went to Panama. I was a Community Development Volunteer in the Barriada San Jose, a new community outside of David in Chiriqui Province.

After Peace Corps I taught Spanish in Detroit and then took a job with the U.S. Agency for International Development in South Vietnam. I was in the Mekong Delta town of Ben Tre in Kien Hoa Province from 1967 to 1969. Ben Tre became famous as the town "we had to destroy it to save it." I was there, it wasn't destroyed.

(Beth Buffam went to my Ben Tre in 2002 to deliver soccer balls to a teen soccer team: www.arlingtonsoccer.com/bentre.html.)

After Vietnam, I got a masters at the University of Pittsburgh and then rejoined USAID and went to Liberia. (Panama, Vietnam, Liberia -- who makes these choices?) I returned to the U.S. in 1972 deciding that living overseas life was interesting but life was here. My wife Barbara and I married in 1980 and are raising two children in Arlington, Virginia. Our son is at the University of Richmond and our daughter is in her last year of high school.

Bud Keith and I were both in Panama at the same, but never met. We met 20 years later in Arlington, Virginia, when we formed the alumni group for Peace Corps Panama volunteers.

Late in 2001, after years of talking about a trip to Panama, our wives convinced us to make a trip in March 2002 -- 36 years after I finished as a volunteer in Panama.

All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Stories are owned by their author. The Rest © 2001-2002.