March 1, 2003: Headlines: COS - Ivory Coast: Pomona Magazine: Chris Henze was an English and physical education instructor in Danané, Ivory Coast, from 1964 to 1966.

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Ivory Coast: Peace Corps Ivory Coast : The Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast: March 1, 2003: Headlines: COS - Ivory Coast: Pomona Magazine: Chris Henze was an English and physical education instructor in Danané, Ivory Coast, from 1964 to 1966.

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Chris Henze was an English and physical education instructor in Danané, Ivory Coast, from 1964 to 1966.



Chris Henze was an English and physical education instructor in Danané, Ivory Coast, from 1964 to 1966.

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Chris Henze was an English and physical education instructor in Danané, Ivory Coast, from 1964 to 1966.

Although inspired by President Kennedy and the idealism of the sixties, I joined the Peace Corps because of the war in Vietnam. I've never been back to Ivory Coast since I returned from my assignment, but my peaceful village of Danané has been in the news recently as the scene of ethnic strife and civil war. Aside from the fighting, the country looks much the same. I wonder, did the Peace Corps make a difference?

In retrospect, it definitely made a difference to me. I have often thought of my life as an unbroken chain from the Peace Corps to teaching in California, where I met my wife of 35 years now, to 25 years in the Foreign Service and semi-retirement in France. My Peace Corps experience and my Pomona anthropology major with a heavy dose of French led quite naturally to an international career.

I recently recovered some 53 letters I had written to my parents from West Africa nearly 40 years ago. Fascinating stuff. I was pretty tough back then. I edited excerpts and proudly dedicated them to my children. They haven't found time to read them!





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