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1966: Richard Harding McBee Jr. served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon in Sasse, Buea, West Cameroon beginning in 1966
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Richard Harding McBee Jr. can be contacted at rmcbee_44ayahoodcom
Country of Service: Cameroon
Training Group: Boston College Summer 1966-P.G. Gebauer
Cities you served in: Sasse, Buea, West Cameroon
Arrival Year: 1966
Departure Year: 1968
I taught Biology to forms 3,4 and 5 at St. Joseph's College, Sasse. Was House master for 40 boys, started the school garden and coached boys soccer.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I subsequently put in 2 Years US Army, USEURAR. SASCOM - 1969-70 in the Infantry and the Personnel divison of 512th USA Arty Gp. During this period I married my lifelong wife, Jill Forster whom I met in Cameroon in 1969 while I had Army leave. Earned a Master's Degree in Zoology and Microbiology at Montana State University, 1972. Had another great African Adventure for 4 Years as Teacher, Headmaster and Methodist Missionary at Maun Secondary School, Maun, in Botswana 1973 - 77. Then returned to the USA to have 2 children and become a teacher of Biology and Science at Roseburg High School, Roseburg, Oregon, a year at the American School in London and 2 years teaching at Colegio Roosevelt in Lima, Peru 1986 - 88. I then entered school administration having persued certification at summers school and became the Secondary School Asst. Principal at Colegio Roosevelt, Lima, Peru, 1988-90. Following this learning experience I had 6 great years in Chile as the Middle School Principal, Nido de Aguilas, Santiago, 1990 - 96. During this time I published a fiction novel on Africa "Kalahari" in 1995. Then had a great transfer to bcome the Secondary School Principal at Academia Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador, 1996 - 2000 where I climbed most of the peaks that are visible from Quito. Following this I spent three years in Hood River, Oregon, teaching math, teaching downhill and cross country skiing and being the school district Tobacco Prevention Specialist. In 2003 my wife and I returned to Latin America to work internationally and I served for three years as the
Secondary School Principal, Escuela Bella Vista, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2003 - 2006. My wife, Jill and I are currently living in Hood River, Oregon, in semi-retirement from education and planning to write another novel or two in the next couple of years and be involved with church, skiing and scuba diving in spare time.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Training was great with PG Gebauer and Dave Dwyer for language and History. I loved Cameroon, people, culture, the country. One of the greatest formative experiences in my life!
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
I'd love to hear from some of the other members of the Cameroon group in 1966 - Mickey Johnson, Marla Miller, Gloria Bazies, Mike Gale, Marshal Marvelli, Irene Kujawa, Ed Truscott, Ed Rupert, Juanita Eagleton and a couple of others whose names don't come back right now. A great group! Also Bill Peat who dropped from the group but who I understand rejoined the following year with his wife.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Keep putting that same energy, optimism and enthusiasm that you had when you first got charged up to go out on your adventure, into your everyday lives and work. We are still "Agents of change in a changing world".
Originally posted: October 24, 2006
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