1963: Earl William Elster served in Colombia in Santa Rosa de Cabal beginning in 1963

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1963: Earl William Elster served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia in Santa Rosa de Cabal beginning in 1963

1963: Earl William Elster served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia in Santa Rosa de Cabal beginning in 1963

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Earl William Elster can be contacted at Earleaintegraonlinedcom

Country of Service: Colombia

Training Group: XII

Cities you served in: Santa Rosa de Cabal

Arrival Year: 1963

Departure Year: 1965

Work Description:

Technical assistance to Coffee Cooperatives and Savings & Loan Cooperatives

Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:


Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:

Married a Colombian in June, 1965 Clara Ines Lopez and had two children Diana Jimena and Patrick. Raised them bilingually and they visit Colombia every year or so to visit their relatives.

After returning to the U.S. I went to graduate school and ended up recieving my M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota. We have lived in the Twin Cities area for over thirty years. Most of my business experience has been international Sales and Marketing and I have traveled to more than sixty countries internationally. I now work as a business consultant for companies wishing to expand their business internationally.

I am still committed to Colombia, in the past year Clara and I purchased an apartment in Colombia where we now live for part of the year.

Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:

Joining the Peace Corps was one of the best decisions I ever made as it totally changed my life and view of the world. If I had it to do over again I would do exactly the same thing.

Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:

Anyone from my group Colombia XII or other volunteers that served in the Caldas/Risaralda area 1963-1965. If you plan to visit the Twin Cities or Pereira areas, let me know and maybe we can get together to talk about old times.

Any message for returned volunteers?:

Don't hesitate to return to the area where you used to work, if it has been a long time you will be amazed to see how it has changed and the same time remained the same.

Originally posted: March 30, 2006

Related Links:

Peace Corps Annual Report: 1963; Peace Corps Colombia; Directory of Colombia RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Colombia RPCVs

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