U.S. Embassy Outreach in Boquete

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I stopped in to the U.S. Embassy Outreach at the Boquete library yesterday. It was nice meeting a lot of new people and seeing several old friends.

I spoke with ACS Chief Cynthia Caplan this morning and she said they provided service to over 150 U.S. citizens and didn’t get done until after 5:00 PM.

Today, they were making their visits to the men and women’s prisons in Chiriqui.

6 thoughts on “U.S. Embassy Outreach in Boquete

  1. i was one of the 150 and i wanted to say that this program is obviously popular and greatly appreciated. The staff was clearly stretched to their limit yet they continued without a break and managed to stay pleasant, despite some that came unprepared. The only suggestion i have is that in the future the check-in procedure should be changed to make it less confusing… numbers, changed to sign-in sheets after the start, was a problem (I signed in for passport renewal on the wrong sheet and got left behind, and was there for over 4 hours). regardless it was worth the wait.

  2. Don, how many US citizens are in the men’s and women’s prisons in Chiriqui? What is the most common crime they committed that caused them to be incarcerated?

  3. I can answer that. Wild Bill is one in the men’s prison. His wife or girlfriend is in the women’s prison. In the past I have visited both a man and a women in each of the prisons. Whether they are still there, I don’t know.

  4. It was nice to see you there Don Ray. Many people didn’t know who you were and it was informative to know that if they ended up in the hospital and needed help they would probably be seeing you. lol

    We were there at 9:50 and learned that 31 people had gotten numbers that had been there for 3 hours before it opened. That’s why they went to the list. We were #47 and 48 on the “list” because they didn’t have nearly enough numbers. The list was confusing because there was one list for Benefits and another list for everything else. The benefits list kept getting moved around and several people signed on it in error because of that.

    It’s one of the few times I’ve been happy that I have to use a wheel chair when I go out. It was standing room only at 10:00. In fact it took about 2 minutes to be able to exit the elevator due to the line for sign-in.

    Met a lot of nice folks there though. It was fun and sometimes funny conversations going on with total strangers. Was very interesting to learn what some of these folks do. One was a lady that teaches language and sign to deaf Indigenous peoples from children to adults. That must be very satisfying.

    We were done at 3:30 and there were still quite a few folks left. Some however had left without doing what they came for because the had other commitments.

    I for one really really appreciate the work the folks from the Embassy Outreach accomplished that day. No lunch, only one bathroom visit that I saw and they never lost their smiles. Great job!

  5. I too, was there and completed my transaction around 3 pm. I was number 139. Have to hand it to the embassy staff. They remained pleasant, patient, competent, and helpful through it all. Really appreciate the outreach efforts.

  6. The ACS always does a good job under trying conditions. I remember when a ACS meeting wouldn’t fill a quarter of the room, a lot more ex-Pat’s now. If the meeting room was too small perhaps the next meeting could be held at the BCP, of course with their permission. Just a thought.

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