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1966: Michael Abkin served in Nigeria in Ondo beginning in 1966
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Abkin can be contacted at mikeabkinaearthlinkdnet
Country of Service: Nigeria
Training Group: 21
Cities you served in: Ondo
Arrival Year: 1966
Departure Year: 1968
Secondary education, teaching French and mathematics
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Graduate studies in systems science at Michigan State University (M.S. and Ph.D.), then on faculty until 1981. Then 34-year career applying systems analysis and simulation modeling to agricultural development planning in Nigeria (yes, returned to Nigeria for research after Peace Corps) and Korea (in mid '70s) and in air traffic flow analysis in the U.S. Married 36 years, daughter adopted in Korea. Now living in Palo Alto, California, and working for Peace Alliance (lobbying for a federeal Department of Peace, www.thepeacealliance.org) and Peace Alliance Foundation on (revealing and fostering a culture of peace, (www.peacealliancefound.org). Much volunteer work along the way, including with local government and nonprofit social service and cultural change organizations.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
One of the most valuable experiences of my life!
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Any message for returned volunteers?:
End of tour is not end of service -- the opportunities are always there.
Originally posted: August 30, 2005
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