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1965: Caroline Ulrey Cox served in Philippines in Manila and Marikina (Luzon) and Marawi (Mindinao) beginning in 1965
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Caroline Ulrey Cox can be contacted at ccoxaithacadedu
Country of Service: Philippines
Training Group: XV
Cities you served in: Manila and Marikina (Luzon) and Marawi (Mindinao)
Arrival Year: 1965
Departure Year: 1967
Work Description: TESL teacher
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
AFter the Peace Corps, I continued to work for not-for-profits, both for pay
and as a volunteer. My work for the past 32 years has been in higher
education, first as an editor, then a grad program administrator, and
finally as a fund raiser for Cornell University and, now, Ithaca College. In
all cases, my work with the Peace Corps helped shape my commitment to
the nfp sector and to issues of access for the poorest in our world.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
My first thought on hearing about the attacks on the WTC and the
Pentagon was that our fellow citizens would not understand the great
anger and fear that led to such terrorist attacks. "Why the U.S." is not an
easy question to answer for anyone, but how much more so if one has not
thought at all about life beyond the borders of one's community. I was
fortunate in the Peace Corps to have been one of two women assigned to
live in Marawi (the center of Islam at the time in Mindanao) while teaching
at an experimental university bringing Christians and Muslims together.
The idealism of the time and the sense of a "melting pot" ideology gave
great promise. The years and increased armed response by both
Christians and Muslim have shown how fleeting and even misbegotten
those hopes were. Nonetheless, I know that there are those of all faiths in
that area who seek peace. In that knowledge I find great hope, all because
the Peace Corps program gave me the privilege to experience first hand
the perspectives of other cultures.
Originally posted: January 30, 2002
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