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1994: Rey and Robin Sampaga served in Malawi in Blantyre (Rey) & Ndirande (Robin) beginning in 1994
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Rey and Robin Sampaga can be contacted at rsampagaacomcastdnet
Country of Service: Malawi
Training Group: Blantyre
Cities you served in: Blantyre (Rey) & Ndirande (Robin)
Arrival Year: 1994
Departure Year: 1996
Work Description: Civil Engineer (Rey) & Teacher Trainer (Robin)
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Robin and I travelled for six months after COS and visited 8 countries--we called it our Capetown to Kenya trip. Moved to Albuqerque, NM in Feb '97 and have been here since. Robin is a Elementary School Teacher and I am a Structural Engineer. We have two children--a girl and a boy. We are raising them in a very multicultural way: family, food, trips, and education. We hope that they are "Peace Corpers" in the making.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
We still think of our time there often: we have fond memories of the time there, made great friends and still have them, and we use the language when we don't want the children to know what we are saying. Unfortunately, our Chichewa/English dictionary surfaced in our little library and now the eldest, our girl, may be picking up on some of what we are saying.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
We are staying in touch with quite a few friends. We'd love to hear from more.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Remember the movie, "Moscow on the Hudson" with Robin Williams? When he goes to a grocery store to buy coffee and is overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices? I think that this scene was discussed during our COS and what to look forward to upon coming home. I didn't believe it but it was exactly the feeling when I arrived in country at Blantyre Airport and at Grace Bandawe Center. I did not believe that it was going to happen again, but it did coming home.
Originally posted: March 11, 2003
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