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1983: michael joseph marrone served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia in Foya, Lofa County beginning in 1983
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer michael joseph marrone can be contacted at mmarroneabuffalodedu
Country of Service: Liberia
Training Group: Antlers, Oklahoma -- Rural Water Development
Cities you served in: Foya, Lofa County
Arrival Year: Served 1983-1985
Departure Year: Rural water technician
Recruited a crew of masons and well diggers and developed wells and spring boxes as safe sources of water for rural villages
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
100 words or less? Let's see, met back up with my high school sweetheart and reconnected on a whole new level; celebrated 20 years in April '86 (anniversary is People's Redemption Day for Liberia RCPVs);masters in journalism, couple years of travel writing then a stint in corporate PR so my wife could stay home when our daughter was born; director of communications for a national non-profit that went south when the director scammed $3 million; in higher education adminstration last 12 years with enough interaction with promising young people to retain hope for the future; serve as host family for overseas students; current student from Morocco is a gem; she hosted my 17-year-old daughter to a week in Paris and a week in Morocco and my daughter is now eager to see more of the world. My family has "adopted" and become very close to a refugee family from Rwanda living in Buffalo, under my wife's theory (a good one) that we might not be able to change the world but we can still make a difference.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Every day I woke up and knew, despite the myriad frustrations I knew I would face, that what I was trying to do was absolutely worthwhile. Now I'm pretty damn sure, but for those two years I was certain.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Elizabeth Fisher (nee Franta)
Any message for returned volunteers?:
It was not a dream. The experiences you had, the lessons you learned, the differences you made were all real. Don't let them fade away.
Originally posted: January 10, 2007
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