March 1, 2005: Headlines: COS - Morocco: Georgia Southern Magazine: J.D. McCrary is an environmental volunteer in Iminourag, Morocco

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J.D. McCrary is an environmental volunteer in Iminourag, Morocco

J.D. McCrary is an environmental volunteer in Iminourag, Morocco

J.D. McCrary is an environmental volunteer in Iminourag, Morocco

Life Calling
McCrary finds home in Peace Corps

By Michelle Groover
Georgia Southern Magazine
Spring 2005

The slogan for the Peace Corps is "Life is calling. How far will you go?"

J.D. McCrary answered that call. "I joined the Peace Corps for several reasons, but mainly to seek a more rewarding path in life," he said.

McCrary ('95) is an environmental volunteer in Iminourag, Morocco, in northwestern Africa. "It is a village of approximately 350 people that are smallscale farming and goat and sheep herding families," he said. As an environmental volunteer he is working with the local Eau et Foret (Water and Forest) division of the Moroccan government to plan and implement a sustainable development approach for the area.

"The region I live in has been highlighted as a site of environmental and ecological importance, the equivalent of a national monument," McCrary said. "It is the precursor to a National Park in the United States Interior System. The project is funded by the World Bank, and I am largely responsible for doing my best to work with the local population in a variety of development projects."

The village has no electricity or phone service. "The closest town is Tilouguite, which is a two-hour walk. It has the post office, electricity, phone and the weekly market. I travel there every few weeks to check my mail and go to the market," he said. "The nearest Internet café is close to a full day's travel away in Beni Mellal."

Despite living without what most consider everyday conveniences, McCrary enjoys what he is doing. "I have enjoyed the international travel and living I have done so far," he said.

In his spare time he listens to music on his battery-operated CD player and reads. "I also do a great deal of hiking, and in the summer I swim in the river with the local children," he added.

Georgia Southern also had a big impact on him. "To this day I can honestly say if I had to do it all over again, I cannot imagine choosing another school besides Georgia Southern. I loved my time at Georgia Southern," McCrary said. "As I am sure most do, I look back upon my years at Southern as some of the best of my life."

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