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1968: Lois Schneider served in India in Trichy, Madras beginning in 1968
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Lois Schneider can be contacted at lois1117aaoldcom
Country of Service: India
Training Group: 57
Cities you served in: Trichy, Madras
Arrival Year: 1968
Departure Year: 1970
Work Description: health/nutrition/teacher training/Basic Training School
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work
assigned alone to teacher training schools after 2 months in country
training following a month at Brattleboro/Putney, Vermont. Also trained
in new group summer of '70 in Bangalore, (I think it was an English
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Since 1987, I've worked for the U.S. Senate - Senator Conrad in ND
providing constituent services, emphasis on refugee/immigration
issues. Previously I was Exec Dir of the Mental Health Assoc for several
counties and taught at the university.
I have two grown sons; my husband, who was a PCV in Afghanistan,
recently died of a brain tumor. While he served in the state legislature, I
registered as a lobbyist on mental heatlh issues.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
It was the best decision I ever made; the experience has made a
difference in my entire life; it is like yesterday; I love Indian food and
read books about India but have never returned; just before 9/11 I got a
10 yr visa to visit India, but now have not gone; we were going when we
retired; I'm not sure why we waited.
The daughter in my host family in Madras during training is now in DC.
I'm looking forward to visiting and also returning to India.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Anyone from I-57; we should have shared SS# or some way to reconnect
in future years. My best friend Gladys Gilbert from I-57 died in plane
crash in Africa on flight with Congressman Mickey Leland. Another Ruth
Maschmeier recently returned to Wisconsin after years of teaching in
Any message for returned volunteers?:
We need to preserve our experiences, either in state heritage societies
or at the Smithsonian; I wish I would have kept a diary; all volunteers
should know how important it will be to them someday and for history. I
asked a fellow volunteer in Afghanistan to write about the group my
husband, John, was in and he instead did a video recollection and sent
pictures - what a treasure. Even at this late date we can record what we
Originally posted: February 4, 2002
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