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1992: Roger T. Ponds served in Paraguay in Santiago (Misiones) beginning in 1992
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Roger T. Ponds can be contacted at Atpondsaaoldcom
Country of Service: Paraguay
Training Group: Aregua - 11
Cities you served in: Santiago (Misiones)
Arrival Year: 1992
Departure Year: 1994
Small Business Program/Cooperative Promoter - designed and implemented a system to improve accounting methods at local savings & loan cooperative, conducted educational campaign to reduce overdue loans and to educate the members of the cooperative the benefits of a cooperative and their responsibilities to repay the loans. Also taught English to Paraguayans at local school in my site.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I had several jobs since finishing my service with the Peace Corps: several accounting and clerical jobs, went back to school to study computer science and got an associate degree in the field, taught computer classes for non-profit organization and local community college. Most recently, worked as office assistant for small construction company. Currently exploring different careers. Came back to visit Paraguay in April 2001, for the first time since COS in 1994 and received a huge welcome back in my old Peace Corps site, which I will never forget.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Those two years spent in Paraguay were the best times of my life, although it could be hard at times. I would not trade that experience serving with the Peace Corps for anything else in the world.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Mark Fennelly and Joe Louwagie (both from Aregua #11)
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Any possibility of a 10-year reunion for Aregua #11 this year?
Originally posted: January 27, 2004
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