Front Door: Alan McDonald

by laura.johnson

My brother, Alan, has been living as a Peace Corp volunteer in the Panamanian rain forest for over 2 years.  It is 85 degrees and wonderful all year round.  Yep I’m jealous.  Life is not all sunshine and hammocks, (rest assured he does have plenty of those) his village is nestled in a part of the Darien province that is up the river and across a large lake from the nearest road.  Everything they use must either be brought over in a dugout canoe or grown on their own land.

Alan’s first assignment was to build his own house, talk about a challenge!  Knowing my brother tells a better story that I do I’ll hand the post over to him.  enjoy- lj

So I’ve officially been a Peace Corps Volunteer for 3 months now and the question on a lot of people’s minds is “What’s Alan been doing?” Obviously keeping up with the blog is not the answer to this question. The actual answer, is working on my house. I wanted to wait til I was “done” with my house, but I am now convinced I will never be done, it’s a work in progress…

So I know the burning question in a lot of people’s minds is;
How do you build a sweet house in the jungle?
For this I’ve made a simple easy to use guide for everyone who would like to build their own.

Step 1) Find a community of highly skilled indigenous people, and tell them you’ll take pictures of them building a sweet house.

Step 2) Sit back and watch

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  1. Aww I miss Alan’s sense of humor! Well done! :)

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