|By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-123-27.balt.east.verizon.net - 126.96.36.199) on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 11:27 pm: Edit Post|
My Peace Corps service in Huanuco
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|By Ted Collins (ca-arcdca-cuda1-c1b-231.arcdca.adelphia.net - 188.8.131.52) on Sunday, March 06, 2005 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post|
Out of whack in Ahuac (near Huancayo)
Ted Collins and Kaye Mathews trained together at the University of Oklahoma rural development project. In 1964 they were assigned to Ahuac, a very remote village located above Huancayo, high in the central Andes on a slope of the Mantaro Valley. Ted and Kaye endeavored to establish community development projects, but they became very frustrated. They had many meetings with the mayor and town council, but these people thought that the Peace Corps should be buying rounds of beer for everyone.
On top of that, a political terrorist group similar to the Shining Path was operating in the area and it was very difficult to build any level of trust. In addition, there was no help from Peace Corps administration. The Huancayo regional representative was in Lima with hepatitis.
Finally, after several months of increased tension, Ted and Kay requested and were reassigned to new locations in northern Peru. They ended up in Lambayeque and Trujillo where everything was much better.