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1979: Bettie Ann Smith Ivanochko served in Ghana in Navrongo beginning in 1979
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Bettie Ann Smith Ivanochko can be contacted at ivanochkoacablerongedskdca
Country of Service: Ghana
Training Group: ?
Cities you served in: Navrongo
Arrival Year: 1979
Departure Year: 1981
Work Description: Teacher Training
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I left Ghana in 1981 and moved to Saskatchewan, Canada with my new husband. My husband worked for a term as a Peace Corps stateside agriculture trainer in South Carolina (1982). We now live in the northern Saskatchewan boreal forest among the Cree and Dene peoples. We have two daughters (dual citizens)--one of which is attending university in Florida. I got my SK teaching certificate and have been working at a community college (much like the one I taught at in PG County, MD before I left for Ghana). I received a certificate in "Training for Trainers" and women's studies. Then taught pre-trades for women for a few years. I also have taught adult basic education, ESL, adult grades 10, 12 and GED preparation. Now I am the northern Saskatchewan Literacy coordinator. I completed my master's degree in adult education (1995) from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. My family still lives in and around Washington, DC. I visit the states at least once a year. Would love to visit the Peace Corps office and help recruit Black inner city volunteers--as I was.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Serving in the Peace Corps was a major part of my life. I met my current husband (a Canadian CUSO volunteer) there and still continue my career in cross-cultural education. We now live in northern Saskatchewan Canada where I run a literacy program for Canadian Aboriginal (Indian) peoples. The lessons I learned in Ghana, about development, education, culture, etc. serve me to this day.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Any message for returned volunteers?:
I have always been proud of the time I worked in Ghana. I learned more about myself and the world than I could ever have while living in Washington, DC.
Originally posted: January 4, 2003
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