March 1, 2003: Headlines: COS - Morocco: Pomona Magazine: Amie Bishop started off as a teacher of English as a foreign language in a high school in a small, rural town in Morocco

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Amie Bishop started off as a teacher of English as a foreign language in a high school in a small, rural town in Morocco



Amie Bishop started off as a teacher of English as a foreign language in a high school in a small, rural town in Morocco

Amie Bishop ’82
While at Pomona, I did a semester abroad in France, which opened my eyes to the world beyond the United States. That, combined with a growing realization of the inequity that exists in the world regarding access to basic resources and opportunities inspired me to consider the Peace Corps.

I was in Morocco from 1983 to 1985. Although I started off as a teacher of English as a foreign language in a high school in a small, rural town, I switched programs and ended up collaborating with another volunteer to found a school for children with cerebral palsy based in a hospital in Marrakech.

The school was the first of its kind in the country and we were overwhelmed with demand from families who had children with other disabilities as well—kids with Down Syndrome, hearing impairment, autism and polio. We took as many as we could and also ended up traveling to nearby towns to do home visits with kids who couldn't make the trip to Marrakech. It was incredibly rewarding work.

My Peace Corps experience set me on a course of international health work, which I continue today. After returning to the U.S., I got a masters’ degree in public health and social work. Following school, I got a job with a non-profit international health organization called the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) where I have been for the past 14 years. I now oversee all of PATH’s health programs in the former Soviet Union, as well as work on various reproductive health initiatives in other countries.





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