|By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-43-253.balt.east.verizon.net - 22.214.171.124) on Sunday, January 09, 2005 - 3:10 pm: Edit Post|
1995: John N Smart served in Uzbekistan in Bukhara, Tashkent beginning in 1995
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer John N Smart can be contacted at johnauzbekstudentsdorg
Country of Service: Uzbekistan
Training Group: ?
Cities you served in: Bukhara, Tashkent
Arrival Year: 1995
Departure Year: 1998
Work Description: small business development & teaching economics at high
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I reapplied for PC service, and was scheduled to go to Lesotho, but
was refused clearance by the medical office at the last minute
because of a pre-existing heart murmur.
Since then I've been semi-retired, taking care of my elderly mother,
and substitute teaching in the local schools.
I've made contact with an NGO that is interested in sending me to
Uganda to work with AIDS orphans, teaching and supervising in a
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Yes, of course. It was certainly one of the defining experiences in a
long and active life. I'd previously traveled a lot and had worked in
other countries as well, so PC service was not a shock, as it so often
is to younger people. I loved it, and would have gladly gone back to
work, if the medical office had not decided otherwise. By the way, I
am totally asymptomatic, and my health is just fine!
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
We, RPCVs of Uzbekistan, have a pretty good network to use to
Originally posted: August 3, 2001
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|By John Smart (phi-broadband-pppoe6-ws-247.dsl.airstreamcomm.net - 126.96.36.199) on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 1:23 pm: Edit Post|
An update: The heart murmur did lead to surgery, and I now have a plastic aortic valve. Maybe the docs were right after all!
I'm retired, but busy with many things: I'm still substitute teaching and am now on the school board in my little northwoods hometown, plus on several state-wide commissions and committees having to do with education.
I'm county chairman of the Democratic Party, and again serve on several state-wide committees of the party.
I am also connected to many of my former students in Uzbekistan - thanks be for email! Things are really bad over there, and I worry about them a lot.
The Governor of Wisconsin appointed me to a commission to support the United Nations, which is very fulfilling. [Governor Jim Doyle and his wife, Jessica, are also RCPVs, and we have a good relationship.]
Life is good!