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1974: Ralph S. Stevens served in Philippines in Goa, Camarines Sur ( Bicol);Iloilo City, Iloilo beginning in 1974
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ralph S. Stevens can be contacted at rstevensaworld-netdnet
Country of Service: Philippines
Training Group: Supervised Agricultural Credit, Group # 77
Cities you served in: Goa, Camarines Sur ( Bicol);Iloilo City, Iloilo
Arrival Year: 1974
Departure Year: 1978
Work Description: Worked in in a piggery/loan project at Goa , Camarines Sur for
about 6 months. Transferred to a Fisheries Program and assisted in fish pond
development in Iloilo for the rest of my Peace Corps service. service. Worked w/ the
Bureau of Fisheries in Iloilo City to improve fish pond production.
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Enjoying as a Science Teacher at a Middle School in San Antonio, TX. Also
actively involved with: *The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers(RPCV'S) of
San Antonio; *The Karilagan Philippine Cultural Group, where my wife,
Lourdes ( former Peace Corps Phil. trainer ), and our son, PJ, are active
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
The Peace Corps was a wonderful experience--I gained and developed
more( with all the learnings and challenges), as a person, and glad to have
made a small difference! I loved my stay in the Philippines. I've been
married for 27 years to Lourdes Dato-on, a Peace Corps trainer ( indeed,
she trained me well ), and had our son, PJ, during my Peace Corps service.
Our Peace Corps experience led us to continue working for people
development. My wife & I worked with the United Nations/ICMC Refugee
Resettlement Program after my tour of duty. Our son later became an
AmeriCorps/City Year Volunteer before completing his college. Yes, Peace
Corps has been a big stepping stone and a blessing to a rewarding and rich
life for me and my loved ones. I continue to share this as my RPCV mission,
to fulfill the 3rd goal of Peace Corps; grateful & proud to have served!
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Yes, any member from my original Group 77 esp. Barry & Terry. Also
friends from another group, Rollin & Betty Heller, and Richard Freeman.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Welcome back--stay in touch with your local RPCV's group--a good support
and networking resource! Good luck!
Originally posted: March 15, 2002
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