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1977: Edward Smith served in Philippines, Manila in Manila, Quezon City, Los Banos, Kalinga-Apayao beginning in 1977
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Edward Smith can be contacted at esmith492004ayahoodcom
Country of Service: Philippines, Manila
Training Group: Agri/Dairy
Cities you served in: Manila, Quezon City, Los Banos, Kalinga-Apayao
Arrival Year: 1977, July
Departure Year: 1979, September
Ministry of Agriculture, public relations & press office. Press liaison for Ministry; worked alongside excellent pre-Marcos Filipino print journalists; developed morning radio novella for small rural farmers with tips on rice culture enhancement. Assist host country nationls improve written English in press releases and news stories about the Ministry's agri projects. Taught short course in journalism at University of Philippines.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Resumed work at major metro daily, Columbia, S.C., as general assignments writer; travel (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador); UNHCR case worker at US Embassy, Manila, Philippines and Bataan second assylum refugee camp processing Indochinese refugees for US resettlement; return US resume journalism career; most recently returned from a 30-month assignment in Mexico City and Cancun as an editor for the International Edition of The Miami Herald; currently free- lance writing for state and regional newspapers on travel and the arts; and awaiting medical clearance to rejoin Peace Corps for an assignment in West Africa or Ukraine.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
One of the best decisions---and experiences---in my life.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Peter Drew, Peace Corps Manila '76, editor Peace Corps Philippines newsletter; deputy UNHCR.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Work your sources; use university resources, as well.
Originally posted: April 25, 2004
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