1988: John Fitzgerald served in Papua New Guinea in Kagua, SHP beginning in 1988

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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-37-25.balt.east.verizon.net - on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 6:10 pm: Edit Post

1988: John Fitzgerald served in Papua New Guinea in Kagua, SHP beginning in 1988

1988: John Fitzgerald served in Papua New Guinea in Kagua, SHP beginning in 1988

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer John Fitzgerald can be contacted at yankeefitzyahotmaildcom

Country of Service: Papua New Guinea

Training Group: 14

Cities you served in: Kagua, SHP

Arrival Year: Dec. 1988

Departure Year: Dec. 1990

Work Description:

Taught English & Library Skills ...
Authored Curriculum Guide
Coached Field Events Team (shot put & javelin)

Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:

Currently teaching Communication Skills to adolescents with cognitive disabilities in the South Bronx...
also working on my Ed.D at UPenn...

Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:

1989 & 1990 were the longest two years of my life... very often I felt lonely & scared but my Papua New Guinean "poros" (friends) & other PCVs (esp my housemate Paul!) saw me through it all... it was facinating to spend those two years learning about & living in one of PNG's numerous cultures... but I also learned tons about myself... Signing up for Peace Corps service was the best decison I ever made and set my life's trajectory in directions i never imagined...

Any message for returned volunteers?:

Mi laik harim long yupela!

Originally posted: August 30, 2005

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By John Longo Rombo ( on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 12:42 am: Edit Post

Dearest John Fitzgerald,

Greetings and from Kagua, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Yes Mr. Fitzgerald as we often called you at Kagua High School. I am one of your students from Kagua, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. You were a great English and Libary Skills teacher that I can ever imagine. You did your job well, very dedicated and committed. Many students that I know of still value your contributions even to this day. You were with Paul Vail who taught science, another dedicated teacher as well. On behalf of the students you taught in Kagua High Scool, the people of Kagua and Papua New Guinea at large, I wish to thank you for your personal sacrifices and professionalism in your job. I also wish to say thank you to the US Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Papua New Guinea different times. Thank you for your contributions and the time you spent with us. I am now working as a Research Consultant in the Middle East. My e-mail contact: johnrombo2004@yahoo.com

Thank you once again and I wish you all the best in your current endeavours.

John Longo Rombo
Middle East
Ex Kagua High School (1989-1992).

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