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1992: Jonathan Tauer served in Paraguay in Mbuyapey, Loma Guazu, Ybucui National Park beginning in 1992
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Jonathan Tauer can be contacted at jtaueraneseadorg
Country of Service: Paraguay
Training Group: A-12
Cities you served in: Mbuyapey, Loma Guazu, Ybucui National Park
Arrival Year: 1992
Departure Year: 1995
Work Description: Environmental Education
All following questions are optional: ok
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
After traveling for three months through S. America, I returned and found myself working for an outdoor education center and as the Nature Director for a boys YMCA summer camp. After the fall I hiked the Long trail through VT back to the Pioneer Valley in MA. and worked a number of jobs as a long-term substitute teacher, for an import company and then worked for the summer with Vermont teenagers doing trail work with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. That fall I got a job back in MA. doing energy audits for a non-profit that had a contract for a couple of MA. utilities. I held this job for 2 years until I was laid off and came to work for NESEA-The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, where I have been for almost 5 years. In that time I was engaged to be married but got the proverbial cold feet and now I am building a house in Colrain, about 6 miles from the VT. border. I organize conferences and workshops for NESEA on renewable energy and green building. The house I am building sits on 5 acres of an old apple orchard, surrounded by state forest with a mountain view. If anyone is ever in western MA please look me up and we will drink Yerba Mate together and maybe even eat watermelon and drink milk, just to say we survived.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
An incredibly rich experience. Painful, funny, hot, cold, sexy, boring, intersting, awkward, dusty, beautiful, touching, stupid, frustrating, enlightening. I often think of those days and how time took on a different feel, how the days were tied to the weather so closely. I mean it rains and all of a sudden no-one is going anywhere. I found the paraguayan people so friendly, sometimes a bit too uptight and conservative but also full of humour and good nature. I learned so much about myself, this world, and have some really great times. I don't kid myself that the teachers I worked with are all taking the kids outside for science classes for structured activities, but I like to think that they learned as much from me as I did from them.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Everyone. Anyone. All.
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Originally posted: February 12, 2003
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