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1980: Mary K. Soucek served in Central African Republic in Served in Mbiaki 2 years and Bangui a third year. beginning in 1980
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Mary K. Soucek can be contacted at MdSOUCEKaprodigydnet
Country of Service: Central African Republic
Years of Service: 1980-83
Cities you served in: Served in Mbiaki 2 years and Bangui a third year.
Training Group Name: PCV training was in
Lome Togo in May of 1980
Departure Date from CAR was November of
1983 I was a Health Volunteer - Training Primary school teachers in how
to teach health in the primary schools. Served as X-cultural training
instructor for new PCV trainees after my three years of service. This
training took place in Bouka. I loved my Peace Corps Experience and I am
very proud of the fact that I was a PCV. After my service as a PCV I went
on to spend another 13 years living and working overseas with various
NGP's including CARE, UNICEF, Project HOPE, WHO, PAHO, etc. in Haiti,
Grenada, Burundi, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Returned to the USA in October of 1986. Re-adjustment to the USA has
been challenging to say the least. I along with some friends I made here
in SW Florida have formed a RPCV group but we are more social than
anything at this point. I need contact with other people who have orked
overseas in order to know I alone am not a bit different shall we say.
Presently I work for Collier County Housing Authority as their Social
Services and Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator. Much of my work
invovles working with migrant farmworkers from Central America and
Haiti. I feel real comfortable in this postion. It is like working overseas. I
would loved to return to some kind of overseas work however at this time
I have an 11 year old daughter and a nine year old son both of which I am
raising by myself. I am hopeful they will join me in my love for working
overseas. I hope they too will join the ranks of PCV's.
Anything else you would like people to know about your peace corps service:
I wish it were mandatory that everyone young American, fresh out of high
school, could spend a year or so working in a developing country. As
Americans we have so much to learn from indivudals of other cultures. In
so doing, it would be my hope that young people would become a bit more
humble in their very existance and put less an emphasis on material
goods and more of an emphasis on appreciating and developing good
human relationships on all levels.
Originally posted: July 23, 2001
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