|By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-123-27.balt.east.verizon.net - 22.214.171.124) on Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 2:43 pm: Edit Post|
1975: Marc Stuart Freed served in Zaire in Bukavu, Kananga beginning in 1975
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Marc Stuart Freed can be contacted at mfreedaalumdmitdedu
Country of Service: Zaire
Training Group: Summer 1975
Cities you served in: Bukavu, Kananga
Arrival Year: 1975
Departure Year: 1976
I taught math and physics on a Catholic mission in Nguema, about 90 miles south of Kakanga in Kasai Occidental
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:
Kigali, Rwanda, 1976-1977. I transfered from Zaire to Rwanda in the fall of 1976 and joined a grain storage project with former PCVs Don Brown and Roger Vinita. We built warehouses for bean storage. I handled the accounting and statistical work and trained the office staff in those fields.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
After a brief stint as a Systems Engineer with EDS in Michigan with RPCVs Jim Anderson and Roberta Poritsky, I earned an MS in Management from the Sloan School at MIT. In 1982, I began a career as a bond trader at the Wall Street firm of Salomon Brothers. I have made a few stops along the way but remain in that business today as a portfolio manager. I live and work in Manhattan. One of my colleagues, Lori Hugg, is a recent RPCV from somewhere in South America.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Way back in Kananga in the winter of 75-76, I remember describing Peace Corps as "helping others to help yourself." I still feel that way about my experience. I went into Peace Corps as a well educated 21yr old not far removed from my adolescence. I returned as a fully independent adult. Given the events in Rwanda and Zaire since I left (I remained there with USAID until November 1978), it is unlikely that any legacy of our work exists. This is a disappointment but not one on which I dwell. Aside from parenting, it was unquestionably the most meaningful period of my life. I remain in close contact with my friends Bob Frere (Zaire 1975-77) and Roberta Poritsky (Zaire 1974-76) and through them, with a handful of other people from our group.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Anyone who served in Zaire or Rwanda from 1975-1978.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
New York is a great crossroads. If you know me and happen to be in town, send an email. I'm always willing to down a 75CL Primus with an old friend.
Originally posted: March 17, 2005
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|By Roger Vinita (c-66-31-90-157.hsd1.ma.comcast.net - 126.96.36.199) on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 2:16 am: Edit Post|
Just checking to see if your still around. I'm up in Boston since 1986 and last in Africa in 1991. Been doing PC (software QA) since then (more or less). Still married to Diane from Rwanda with 2 kids. Let me know if you read this.
|By Mwanyimi Bushabu (proxy.teledata.mz - 188.8.131.52) on Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 3:10 am: Edit Post|
I studied at `Institut de Bulongo´in Western Kasai - Kasai Occidental (1975-1979). After that, I went to ISP - Lubumbashi i.e. Lubumbashi Secondary Teachers' Training College, where I took English. Then I carried on to Bukavu Teachers' Training College, which I completed in 1990. While in Bukavu I worked during 2 months as a ´Formateur of Tshiluba Language` at the Peace Corps Training Center. Brad was the Director by then. I am very delighted to see the picture of the port in a very beautiful view. Today, I am in Mozambique working as a Teacher of English. I still have a lot of good souvenirs of my Peace Corps Teachers at Institut de Bulongo and would like to be in touch with them. I can speak and teach English thanks to them. The names I can remember are the following: Hack (Maths and English), John(Biology,Chemistry and Physics), Helen(Geography), Collin(English), Linette(English), Jim Setzer(Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Sorry, I can't recall their full names bcs these were the names we were exposed to.My email is : firstname.lastname@example.org