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1965: Andrew D. Cohen served in Bolivia in Near and in Ancoraimes, 80 miles north of La Paz, by Lake Titicaca beginning in 1965
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Andrew D. Cohen can be contacted at adcohenaumndedu
Host Country: Bolivia
Training Group Name: Camp Radley, Puerto Rico, Advanced Training
City (or cities) you served in: Near and in Ancoraimes, 80 miles north of La Paz, by Lake Titicaca
Year you began your peace corps service: 1965
Year you completed your peace corps service: 1967
Peace Corps Work Description:
-- Rural Community Development -- animal husbandry with vet, building latrines.
--Teaching Spanish Speech and Composition at a Methodist Vocational School.
-- Working at a Methodist clinic in tuberculosis control.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Professor of applied linguistics at the U of Minnesota in Minneapolis for 10 years, after being a prof of language education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, for 17 years. Before that, prof of ESL at UCLA for 4 years. Married 33 years to daughter of Holocaust survivors, Sabina Rose Cohen. Two children -- Judy 27 in S.F. and Daniel 23 currently in Tel Aviv.
Anything else you would like people to know about your peace corps service:
I prepared materials on Aymara for my fellow volunteers. When we went into the Peace Corps there was no training in Aymara. Since Aymara I have worked with many other languages, currently studying Japanese, my 11th foreign language. I can't say I have fond memories of those rough times on the Aliplano. Every 6 months I was hospitalized with something -- first strep throat, then pneumonia, then hepatitis and mononucleosis.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
How much did I really contribute to those folks? I don't know. Ah, yes. I did write a chapter for a book for the Peace Corps and in it I gave my account of what it was like as an American living with a South American indigenous population.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
No. I am in touch with my two closest buddies from that era -- Israel Gonzalez, who with his PCV wife Sandra, has retired to Puerto Rico, where they have a farm in the rain forest. The other is Peter Brady, who lives in Nantucket.
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Originally posted: June 4, 2001
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