Closing off my three months in Panama is sad, but I am looking forward to going home to see my family … More Last Week in Panama
4 (or 5) countries in 2 months. Lots of projects ahead of me! … More My Next 4 (0r 5) Countries
I bet if I looked back at all my blog posts, a high percentage would start out with some variation of “sorry it has taken me so long to write…” 🙂 I did not intend to be Stateside so long after the holidays, but our project to Haiti, originally slated for January, was postponed to … More I should be in Haiti right now, but I’m in chilly NJ!
At 2:30am on Tuesday morning, before my flight out to Panama, I launched my most ambitious crowd-funding campaign to date. I crowd-fund once a year to help me reach goals for certain projects that I cannot financially support with my own funding. I was really nervous about setting a goal of $20,000 for this … More Gift a Goat and More!
February 7th 2009, I boarded a plane for Guatemala and a two-month project that changed the direction of my career from that point forward. I had found my place as an engineer. My first blog – yippeekiyay – documented those months and my first water/sanitation project abroad in San Antonio. I had returned, briefly, to … More Then and Now
I am frequently asked the question, “How do you decide where to go?” Because I go to so many different countries over the course of a year, it might seem like I just hop around and show up in communities unannounced like a drill-rig-carrying-salesman. Although it would certainly make for a comedic documentary, I do not … More Who? What? Warnings? When? How?
Instead, I wanted to just share quirky, silly bits about my projects here in Panama. Maybe share how I have been emotionally defeated by a table saw (I’ve tried to work with it- multiple times- but it scares me so I use other tools to avoid it!) or how it is so hot that my … More I didn’t want to write about Nepal…
…but Parrots instead! Panama – where the seasons are “wet” and “wetter.” 😉 My first couple weeks here have been busy, sometimes hectic, most always muddy and GREAT! When I arrived, there was a team here at the Wood’s house from Washington State. They were having medical/dental clinics, building rain-catchment systems and drilling wells (with … More It doesn’t rain “cats and dogs” here…
You know how I am always busy prepping for a trip? Especially when I have less then a week between my previous trip and the new one? Well, that little window of time is my excuse for not letting you all know about Panama 🙂 I’m sitting on a plane at JFK airport in NY and … More Quickest Update Ever!
After the storm cleared up, we went back to the site to assemble the piping between the septic tank and leach barrel. I told Jess and Pat it would take about 35 minutes to complete….nearly 4 hours later, we finally made it home. The mud was so sticky, thick and difficult to walk in that … More stuck…Stuck…STUCK!