Miguel and Orlando Go to Panama

The chance to see the world provides Heritage University students with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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Orlando Pelcastre and Miguel Palma will be sophomores at Heritage University in the fall of 2019. Before traveling to Panama with Jessica Black in June, neither had owned a passport or been on a plane.

Miguel and Orlando

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L: Orlando and Miguel had to learn how to be roommates over the two week trip. R: They take time to relax on the beach in Las Lajas.
Listen to Miguel (speaking first) and Orlando describe a community in the comarca in their own words, accompanied by photographs of the Arguirra family and home.
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Young children in a community in the comarca play with empty soda bottles outside a wooden home.

The Heritage Connection

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Jessica Black, right, greets community members in the comarca. Jessica says, “Everything we do in the comarca matters. No matter how small.”
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Miguel and Jessica Black greet symposium attendees on the first day of the Comarca Research Alliance Symposium; Orlando introduces himself in Spanish to over 50 attendees of the symposium.
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Miguel talks to community members during a lunch break after volunteering with Engineers Without Borders to install a spring pump for a community in the comarca. During the symposium, Orlando learns from Ngöbe artisan Edilma Geron how to create fibers from leaves using traditional methods.
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Miguel and Orlando talk to Celestino Mariano Gallardo, a member of the Ngöbe regional government and counterpart to Jessica Black in Heritage University’s work with the comarca.

Lasting Impacts

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Miguel and Orlando help keep a trench open for water to pass through while volunteering with Engineers Without Borders.
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L: Miguel (in the grey t-shirt on the right) and Orlando helped the Washingston State University (WSU) engineering students install a spring box and pump to bring fresh water to a community in the comarca. R: Miguel shares laughs and lunch with WSU engineering students.
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Miguel watches the sun set under cloudy skies from Las Lajas beach on one his last nights in Panama.

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