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1976: Robert Harold Forbes, Jr. served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tonga in Nuku'alofa and various other locations in the kingdom beginning in 1976
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Robert Harold Forbes, Jr. can be contacted at bforbesacarolinadrrdcom
Country of Service: Tonga
Training Group: 17
Cities you served in: Nuku'alofa and various other locations in the kingdom
Arrival Year: Sept. 1976
Departure Year: Feb. 1979
Water supply engineer for the Tonga Water Board performing a variety of tasks from monitoring the water quality to laying out new village water systems.
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:
I remember our training group, Tonga 17, was also called "Tonga Special Services Omnibus." I thought that was a cool name for such a diverse bunch of people brought together to serve a tiny country in the South Pacific.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I went to grad school at UNC-Chapel Hill after my service, obtained a Masters in Environmental Engineering, signed on with international consulting firm CH2M HILL, and have worked with them ever since. I now work mostly on large municipal wastewater treatment systems around the world.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
It was the best way I could have spent 2 years at that point in my life. Some trials and tribulation, but mostly good memories to treasure.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
I keep in touch with several RPCVs from that time, but I'm always interested to hear from others
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Peace Corps is a very worthwhile program with a long legacy that we all need to brag about more!
Originally posted: 4/3/2009
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1976; Peace Corps Tonga; Directory of Tonga RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Tonga RPCVs
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