Expats in Volcán are not touristy. There are people coming in and going out of Panama all the time, and Volcán is not like that. I’ve lived here in Volcán for quite a while now, and I can’t remember any expats whom I know here in Volcán moving away.
Volcán is a tight-knit community- a lot of us expats know each other. Expats who have been here longer know all of us. Our little circle of friends has 7 or 8 families who get together routinely for holidays, sporting events, and getting together with our children and letting them play. We know each other quite well, and it’s a tight-knit community of expats here.
Expats in Volcán are mainly from the United States, but there are also expats here in Volcán whom we’re great friends with from Costa Rica, South Africa, and Canada.
What you find in the majority of the expats who live in Volcán is that they expect to strike up relationships faster. We all have that common dread of not being in our home country, and that’s an instant bonding relationship, so when someone tells me that they’re here from South Africa, for example, I immediately identify with that concept because I’m here from Kentucky.
While Kentucky and South Africa may not have anything in common, there’s a lot that we both have in common immediately, as in Spanish being a second language or no language at all, trying to fit in and blend in with a new culture, learning the little nuances that are different from our home countries, and exploring why they moved here from South Africa and allowing them to explore why we moved here from Kentucky.
There are instant things that we’re going to have a lot of commonalities about, not because of the country where we’re from, but simply because of the fact that we’re here from somewhere else.
[The Gilbert family (Dad is behind the lens), expats from Kentucky living in Volcan, Panama, pictured.]