Volcan has become closer to Boquete Panama with the Ruta Sur completed from Potorillos to just below Volcan. Mayra and I decided to escape from the rain in Boquete and try the rain in Volcan for some variety. The rain felt the same, but I was introduced to Collegio San Benito and it’s unusual stores.
San Benito is a Catholic High School dedicated to providing an education in agriculture for the poorest of the poor in Panama. In its long history it has had many students pass though it’s gates. In the past many from remote areas lived on campus, now there are only five resident students and they earn their lodging, meals and education working on the large campus. The campus is a dairy farm and a high school. It is also home to three stores open to the public that provide revenue for many projects. You enter from a drive way directly across from Berards market in Volcan.
One store was laden with over the counter pharmaceuticals, chocolate and lots of other goodies.
On our way to the Lands End store, we needed to purchase a cell phone case from this local vendor.
The Store was busy, but Mayra found space to dive into things.
I was lucky enough to find this treasure for a new raincoat.
And our little cell phone bag seller was warmer and with some cuddly company be the time we left. We provided the bear, another person the down coat.
The third store was low key featuring used items of household goods, new furniture and art for sale. If you want to explore for yourself the hours are, Closed Monday, Tuesday to Friday 1:30- 4:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am -11:45am, 1:30pm- 4:45pm