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1989: Sandy Esson Groger served in Thailand in UbonRatchathani beginning in 1989
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Sandy Esson Groger can be contacted at sgrogeraexcitedcom
Country of Service: Thailand
Training Group: 94
Cities you served in: UbonRatchathani
Arrival Year: 1989
Departure Year: 1991
Work Description: DOAE--Nutrition, tech trainer for group 98
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I got married to Andrew Groger on Halloween 1997. I've been working as an Occupational Therapist since 1997, have lived in Clearwater FL since 1998 and gave birth to my first child -- Joseph Harrison, on March 14, 2002.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
I was much more liberal then, I've become a lot more conservative since those days. Had I not joined the Peach Corps, I think I would still be pretty liberal and less patriotic. I miss a lot of what made day to day Thailand unique. You know, many of the nuances and quirks of Thai people that annoyed me then, I sure miss now. I also miss how easily I dropped the poundage. I ate ice cream everyday and still managed to lose weight, now I breathe and gain weight!
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
ANyone from group 94, any of my trainees from group 98.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
I'd love to hear how/if your political or spiritual views have changed since returning to "normal" life and whether you still correspond with Thai friends.
Originally posted: December 28, 2002
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