Athenæum Fall Series: Experiencing Panama through the Peace Corps

Jacob McCleland served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the small nation of Panama from 2002 to 2005. He lived and worked in a small village of about 350 people situated in the rugged foothills of western Panama. As an agriculture volunteer, McCleland worked with subsistence farmers to teach a few slightly modified approaches to their traditional methods of farming in order to improve yields and nutrition. In this presentation, McCleland will discuss his work as a Peace Corps volunteer and how the region’s environmental problems affect the village. McCleland graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000 with degrees in Anthropology and Spanish. He is currently a host and producer at KRCU, Southeast Missouri State University’s NPR affiliate.

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