1961: Ronald A Schwarz served in Colombia beginning in 1961

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Ronald A Schwarz served in Colombia beginning in 1961


Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ronald A Schwarz can be contacted at devsolaaoldcom

Country of Service: Colombia

Training Group: Colombia One

Cities you served in: Santa Cruz (Santander), Silvia (Cauca)

Arrival Year: 1961

Departure Year: 1963

Work Description:

Community Development with Cafeteros (Santander) and later with The Division of Indian Affairs (Cauca)

Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:

Completed PhD in Anthropology (MSU) and Post-Doc in Public Health (Tulane U). Trained PCVs for programs in Chile, Venezuela and Colombia. Faculty at Williams College, Colgate University (Visiting) and The Johns Hopkins University (two years as Ass't Dean). Started overseas anthropology field school (INACS) that held semester programs in Colombia and Dahomey (now Benin). Had restaurant and established wooden toy factory (Juegetoy)in Colombia. @0 years in Africa, 8 as consultant on agricultural, infrastructure and health projects with consulting firms, USAID and Tulane University. countries included Senegal, Togo, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Ivory Coast. Twelve years running Development Solutions for Africa, Nairobi-based consulting firm. Major projects (public health, HIV/AIDS, education with World Bank, UN agencies, EU, JICA, DANIDA, Sida, GTZ and consulting firms. worked in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, DRC, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Also national health planning in Yemen.

Now living in France and writing book on the first Peace Corps group, Colombia One.

Editor several books in Anthropology.

Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:

Life changing experience. Shows what Americans can do for others, themselves and their country.

Any message for returned volunteers?:

Keep others informed about the aspirations and hopes of those who we served and who taught us about their lives.

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