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By SECID on Wednesday, May 08, 2002 - 1:56 pm: Edit Post

SECID, the Southeast Consortium for International Development,is based in Washington, D.C. SECID is a consortium of land grant universities which provides technical assistance and trainging in developing countries.

We are preparing a proposal for USAID to implement a five-year training program in Southern Sudan. This program will provide training to local trainers who will subsequently train other participants. The subject matter areas include:
1. Crop production; 2 Animal production; 3. SME agribusiness, marketing and economics;
4. Fisheries development and processing;
5. Forestry and forest product development; and
6. Wildlife management.

We are seeking candidates who have subject matter expertise (MS degrees desirable), training experience and an interest in accepting two-year assignments in the southern part of the country - likely locations include: Yambio, Maridi, Yirol, Rumbeck, Boma, and Yei.

Interested persons can Email CVs and/or email Bob Delemarre at: to obtain more information, raise questions, etc. These assignments would not be suitable for families with children due to lack of facilities and schooling.

By David Nyamirandu on Sunday, March 16, 2003 - 7:32 am: Edit Post

Mike Learned was a Peace Corps
teacher at Dedza Secondary School in Malawi, at least until 1965. I should be pleased to know how I can get in touch with him.

By Harold Salmon ( on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 6:08 pm: Edit Post

I have had very little contact with Peace Corps Volunteers who served 1975-1978. I would appreciate knowing the e-mail addresses and/or whereabouts of anyone who served during this period. My e-mail address is Cheers, Harold Salmon

By Peter Vancura ( - on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 2:46 pm: Edit Post

Looking to continue making a difference in Malawi?
Positions available with Building with Books. BwB builds schools in the developing world while engaging youth in the U.S. to take positive action. BwB is looking for committed individuals interested in volunteer placements as project coordinators (PCs) in Mali, Nicaragua, and Malawi. PCs live in rural villages and work with their surrounding community to realize the construction of a schoolhouse. Duties: Mobilize community and supervise construction. Ensure project runs efficiently and school is built according to plan, schedule and budget. Document local culture with slides and video to share with students in the US. Post weekly web updates and facilitate email exchange between students in the village and their counterparts in the U.S. A PC posted to Malawi will spearhead BwB’s expansion to this country: country research, staff development, and inaugural project. PCs must commit to two years of service. Required qualifications: BA degree, preferably in related field; Cross-cultural experience; Proficiency in 35mm photography and experience with video cameras; Ability and willingness to live in primitive conditions (i.e. no electricity, no running water, few modern medical facilities); Access to a car while in the US; Proficiency in one or more of the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, or Bambara. Applicants must be well-organized, mature, adventurous, outgoing, resourceful, flexible, self-motivated, creative, and capable of finding solutions to difficult problems on their own. Send cover letter and resume to Peter Vancura, International Program Coordinator,; fax: 203-961-5087; website: No calls please.

By Richard Bradley Burroughs ( - on Monday, October 11, 2004 - 10:40 am: Edit Post

Dear RPCVs

My name is Brad Burroughs and I am seeking to serve in Malawi, Sudan. My volonteer background
has been one of personal and church affiliated
service. Now I am seeking to serve the sudanise
nationals according to their individual and corprate needs. Please call or E-mail if you can be of assistance. I will greatly appreciate it!

Multi Tasked Plumber,Carpenter,and Auto Mechanic.
R.Brad Burroughs

Home Tel#

Home Address
3914 Watermelon Rd 26-B
Northport, AL 35473

My Fathers E-Mail Address

By elizabeth ( - on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 2:23 pm: Edit Post

I am trying to mail a christmas card to a volunteer currently in Lilongwe. What is the address there? Or who should I ask?

By Paul Donatelli ( - on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 12:07 pm: Edit Post

hey rpcvs

im a RPCV myself from Bangladesh and i am interested in working in malawi as a teacher or development worker with an emphasis on education. im looking for any advice or contacts from malawi RPCVs. thanks a lot.


By john tomczyk ( - on Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 7:58 pm: Edit Post

RPCVs from Malawi XI will be holding a 40th reunion in Chicago on August 18,19,20, 2006. For info contact John Tomczyk 815 245-8121 or at

By Rachel Mkandawire ( on Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 6:14 am: Edit Post

I need Peace Corps Malawi e-mail

By James Heaton on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 4:32 pm: Edit Post

Country of Service: Malawi

Training Group: Nysaland/Malawi One

Cities you served in: Lilongwe and Livingstonia

Entered Training: 1962

Arrival Year: 1963

Departure Year: 1964

Work Description: Secondary Education

Life after the Peace Corps:

ESL Teacher
Technical Writer
Writing Teacher
Emergency medical training

Went back to visit after 36 years; look forward to working with Malawi Children's Village.

By Harold Salmon ( on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 4:55 pm: Edit Post

Harold Salmon would like to hear from any RPCV from the 1965 to 1968 period. E-mail address is

By John W Strain III (jwstrain) ( - on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 9:29 pm: Edit Post


With the great leadership of Bill Schmidt, also Malawi 11, and his Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club, plus a RPCV's Rotary Club from Medford, OR, and my club, the Grosse Ile Rotary Club, MI, we are cobbling together a grand total of $18,500 for a special project at Malawi Children's Village.

Once matching funds amount of the big number above is approved, hopefully, we will build a number of new pit latrines at primary schools within the 37 villages, supported by MCV. We are also getting the help/support from the Limbe Rotary Club, Limbe, Malawi.

To learn more, please visit the Grosse Ile Rotary website, looking for Malawi Project at, to learn more or my other website at, where there is a link to the GIRC site on the MCV page.

If you are a Rotarian or know one, and would like to help, let's get this great effort going. We also have wonderful suport from the MCV leader, Malawi RPCV Kevin Denny.

Cheers and best wishes.

email me at

By Harold Salmon ( on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 11:00 am: Edit Post

Does anyone know a resource that lists alphabetically the PCV's from Malawi during the 1965-1968 era??...Is there a resource that allows one to type in a name of a PCV and receive a brief "bio" of that person?? Any leads would be helpful...Cheers, Harold Salmon

By John W Strain III (jwstrain) ( - on Monday, September 06, 2004 - 1:05 am: Edit Post

Hi, all, I have a new email address. The comcast will soon end and the AOL is totally history. The new address is Please adjust your address books for my pals reading this message.

By John W Strain III (jwstrain) ( on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 11:17 pm: Edit Post

John W Strain III's new email address is Please adjust your address book and give me a letter.

By John W Strain III (jwstrain) ( - on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 3:08 pm: Edit Post

Several months ago, I gave the URL to FOM, who now maintain the site. I converted the site I managed for FOM to a new personal site, Have a look and leave a message.

Zikomo, John Strain

By deborah bainton ( on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 4:16 pm: Edit Post

my daughter just received her assiagnment to Malalwi to begin in May...are there any Mother's Support Groups????? I'm proud of her accomplishment in being selected to serve in the PC but freaked out on the old "protective mother scale"....can any one guide me to a mother who has simular feelings?..........thanks.Deb Bainton

By Kimby Wells ( - on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 1:18 pm: Edit Post

I'm looking for Alex Mallozzi, RPCV Malawi 1986-1987. He was teaching in Kwaila, then went to Nairobi. I have a message for him from his friend Leva G. Kaimfa in Malawi.

By artrutkin ( - on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 4:34 pm: Edit Post

Dear Friends of Malawi, My wife Lois ( VanKorlaar) and I are former Malawi V PCVs. We have started a textbook project to send a 20 foot container to Malawi. At this point we have collected over 350 boxes of mostly hard cover kindergarten through 8th grade textbooks. We plan on sending close to 600 boxes by October 2007. Over the past 10 years we hae helped Shannon Brown with her book project. We have a tax exempt status I am a former school administrator and present board member in a 12,000 student school district. That is where we are getting most of these used books. It will cost us approximately $8000.00 for shipping. We would love some help or simply say hello. Art Rutkin

By Seanne Wehrenfennig ( - on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 1:10 am: Edit Post

Dear Friends and Former Peace Corps Volunteers to Malawi,

My name is Seanne Wehrenfennig and I am the writer/director of a significant documentary film my husband and I with a group of friends have been working on for the last two years.

After being contacted by a mutual friend who has worked in Malawi, we were alerted about the nation’s remarkable history of a peaceful transition from 30 years of dictatorship to a homegrown functioning democracy. This is all the more remarkable given the lack of outside support and the poor economic situation in the nation. This story goes against the conventional thinking about poverty-stricken African countries’ ability to transition to “western-style” democracy and the ability of differing religious and tribal factions collaborating in a grassroots effort to bring change. However, as many of you know, documentation of this transition is insufficient; up-to-date local history books and school curriculums do not include these important developments, and the two dozen men and women who led the peaceful revolution are beginning to die. This means there is a significant threat that the oral history will die out without being reported and leave Malawi without the important knowledge of the reasons and aspirations of men and women to bring change to their country and without hope for their own democracy.

As a result, Malawian civil society has asked if we would produce a documentary film that will air on Malawi TV and be distributed to all remote areas of the country to serve as a valuable educational program for younger generations of Malawians. Choosing this format is considered the most effective way to reach a majority of the population, which according to the World Development Index 2006, is still 36% illiterate.

We began contacting almost 200 foundations and organizations that normally support this type of educational project. However, because of their internal rules, they are not allowed to support film documentaries in general or in this region. (The reason for this is that film productions are normally too expensive.) Yet, everyone knows how effective films are for civic education in the less media-saturated, rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. A documentary film is a major event people travel miles to see and it is sometimes one of the only ways to broadly reach (without massive manpower) the mostly illiterate population, which cannot make use of traditional written civic education material. Finally, we turned to friends and private contacts for help. With the aid of many dear people around the world and the tireless efforts of an unpaid volunteer professional film crew, during this past summer we were able to interview the 20 key men and women who are still alive regarding the time of the transition, including Rev. Dr. Silas Ncozana, Bishop Mikori, Dr. Bakili Muluzi, Mr. Modecai Mshisha, John Tembo, Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba and many more. Each interview was recorded in English as well as in Chichewa to be able to produce two versions of the documentary - an indigenous version for the country and an international version. The film material is breathtaking and we are now in the midst of postproduction, editing both versions. This whole project is an enormous effort by many people and volunteers all investing their time and money because they believe in the mission to save Malawi’s history for the country and tell it to the world.

As all of you have served in Malawi, I do not think I have to go much deeper into the importance of this project but want to ask for your input and support as it enters the final stages. Money is needed for editing but even more for production of the distribution material and logistics. TV Malawi has agreed to repeatedly show the documentary in their program and the Public Affairs Committee has set up a distribution network to bring it to rural Malawi. In addition, many other groups and organizations have promised to help distribute the film when it is done. We would like to get your input on further channels of distribution in Malawi and potentially interested groups in the United States or other countries. Our idea is to use the English version of the film, which we anticipate will be ready in early spring 2008, as a vehicle to raise awareness and finances for the distribution of the Chichewa version (which we hope will be done in the summer of 2008).

If you are interested in helping us and want more information or have some ideas for us, please feel free to contact us under

Seanne Wehrenfennig

An early version of a short film introducing the project can be seen at

By Melissa Sanseverino ( on Friday, November 09, 2007 - 3:56 pm: Edit Post


I am going to be traveling with a group of high school students to Malawi in February and I'm looking for someone who has lived in Malawi who can educate us a little bit. We'll be having workshops in Nov, Dec and Jan to prepare for the trip. If you are a Malawi RPCV in the NY/CT area and would be interested in helping us out, please contact me!

Thanks- Melissa (203) 585-5391

By David C Weller ( - on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 12:16 pm: Edit Post

I want to contact Greg Dorr...

By David C Weller ( - on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 9:33 am: Edit Post

I want to contact Greg Dorr...

By Ed Caceres ( on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 7:46 pm: Edit Post

Dave Binkowski - are you still out there? Drop me a line someday! (former Executone buddy!)
ed_caceres a hotmail d com

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