Joshua Hall

Naturalist

Joshua Hall was born in Panama City and raised in the highlands of the Chiriquí province.  He studied ecotourism at a university in Panama and is currently pursuing a degree in tourism business administration.  His love of nature can be attributed to a lot of time spent traveling with his mother, a nurse at the Social Security Hospital.  In 1983, a foundation called Abundant Life was created in Panama.  The foundation was made up of a group of doctors and nurses with a passion for helping those in need.  They were pioneers in going to communities in Chiriquí, sometimes hiking more than 12 miles, where they took medicine, meals, and other needed items, often opening up trails guided by the indigenous residents.  Joshua participated as a child with his mother and developed a love for nature, rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs and the indigenous communities of Panama.

He has retained a love of volunteering from his childhood and currently volunteers for an NGO, Afotur, in a tourism development program that sends provisions to a local community on the Chagres River.  At his young age, he has already developed an extensive knowledge of the history of the Panama Canal, as well as the ecology and culture of Panama.  He enjoys travelling throughout the country learning about culture, history, traditions, and the flora and fauna.

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