1964: William P. Burns served in Malawi in Karonga beginning in 1964

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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-141-157-21-200.balt.east.verizon.net - on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 8:17 pm: Edit Post

1964: William P. Burns served in Malawi in Karonga beginning in 1964

1964: William P. Burns served in Malawi in Karonga beginning in 1964

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer William P. Burns can be contacted at billdburnsanyudedu

Country of Service: Malawi

Training Group: Malawi V

Cities you served in: Karonga

Arrival Year: 1964

Departure Year: 1966

Work Description:

Taught secondary school: English language, literature and French. Raised the money for and helped design and build a primary school in Karonga.

Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:


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

Returned to graduate school, received a PH.D in English nd American literature from NYU. Am presently teaching there.

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

Among the happiest days of my life despite several serious bouts with malaria.

Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:

I would like to hear from my roomates Paul Vesce and Bruce Hartert.

Any message for returned volunteers?:

Would enjoy hearing from anyone who would like to hear from me.

Originally posted: February 19, 2005

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By bruce e. hartert (d6-241.rb2.lax.centurytel.net - on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 3:22 pm: Edit Post

Hi Bill,

My wife Rita found your posting after searching for Chaminade, Karonga, Africa Peace Corps. Has over 40 years passed since our time in Africa? Doesn't seem possible. I retired in '03 as the executive director of a private, non-profit corporation called Semcac. It is a community action agency that runs programs such as Head Start, Senior Dining, Meals on Meals, Energy Assistance, etc., etc. Spend thirteen years there after spending almost four years as the Fillmore County Coordinator, and twelve years before that running a Ben Franklin variety store. There was also seven years with State Farm Insurance in their claims division. A varied work experience, but really enjoyed my last stint with Semcac.

We have four girls, three of whom are married, with five grandchildren. Since my retirement, I work part-time at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park near here - seven months a year; I'm off over the winter.

I have often thought of our experience in Karonga. We still hear from Brother Dave and Father Reichert. Used to hear from Brothers George and Bernard, but they have both passed away.

Hope to hear from you.

Bruce E. Hartert
424 North Broadway Ave.
Spring Valley, MN 55975

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