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2003: Tim Drefahl served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu in Pelongk Village, Maskelyne Island & Port Vila, Efate Island beginning in 2003
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Tim Drefahl can be contacted at timdrefahlayahoodcom
Country of Service: Vanuatu
Training Group: 16B
Cities you served in: Pelongk Village, Maskelyne Island & Port Vila, Efate Island
Arrival Year: 2003
Departure Year: 2005
I worked as the Business Advisor to Uluveu Rural Training Center & South Malekula Development Association (SMDA)[*] during my first year and then as the Principal Advisor to Vanuatu Rural Development & Training Centers Association (VRDTCA)[**] during my second year. My role was to find an implement opportunities to share my organizational development knowledge and skills to the locals through practical application.
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:
After PC I traveled around the world and accepted a job with WestChem Inc, the employer that I worked for prior to PC, as Product Manager of their thermoplastic elastomer materials for about five months then returned to Vanuatu in August 2006 to accept a short-term consulting position with the Vanuatu Government tasked to exstablish operations at the Vanuatu Agriculture College, a project funded by the People's Republic of China. I am still here now.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
I learned the hard way from my best freinds sister, a former PCV from Nepal, that returning after Peace Corps to Los Angeles area can be rougher than other places. Originally I thought it would be easy, but soon discovered that the simple freindly lifestyle eliminated my LA attitude. It is good to be back here in Vanuatu where life makes sense and I love what I am doing and will leave when the locals feel that my work is complete.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Regardless of your age, enjoy it as it will be one of the greatest accomplishments you can do in your life.
Originally posted: December 8, 2006
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Peace Corps Vanuatu; Directory of Vanuatu RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Vanuatu RPCVs; Headlines: December, 2003