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1973: The Rev. Barbara Cavin served in zaire - now the Dem Rep of the Congo in Kinshasa beginning in 1973
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer The Rev. Barbara Cavin can be contacted at revcavinaaoldcom
Country of Service: zaire - now the Dem Rep of the Congo
Training Group: Medical
Cities you served in: Kinshasa
Arrival Year: 1973
Departure Year: 1974 after an accident I was returned to the US for medical treatment
Work Description: Medical Technologist and taught skills of Med. Tech to the lab workers
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
1974-1976 was spent recovering from sugeries as a result of an accident
while in the Peace Corps. One day after the Episcopal Church approved
ordination to the priesthood for women I was driving to Cambridge for
seminary/graduate school. I have been ordained since 1980. I work in a
congregation outside of Ann Arbor, MI.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
They were great times! I am very appreciative of the time I was in Africa. It
certainly gives me a wider and deeper appreciation for the struggles of these
developing countries. I also am more attentive to the events in sub-Sahara
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Medical folks from Zaire in the mid-1970's.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Keep up the volunteering spirit that got you into the Peace Corps. Share the
experience with others. Americans tend to be very provincial and think that
the American way is the only way. It is not; it may be good for us, but maybe
not for everyone.
Originally posted: April 4, 2002
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