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1978: John F. Lemon served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger in Gaya, Tahoua beginning in 1978
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer John F. Lemon can be contacted at johnlemon_672amsndcom
Country of Service: Niger
Cities you served in: Gaya, Tahoua
Arrival Year: 1978
Departure Year: 1980
The first project was TEFL in Gaya. The second project was animal traction and gardening in Tahoua
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
After the Peace Corps I returned home to teach on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in Eastern Utah. A year later I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in the transportation career field. I served five tours of duty in the Middle East. I retired after 21 years. In 1988 I married my wife. We have one son who is now a senior. After I retired I taught ESL in Park City, Utah. After budget cuts I left there to return to teach as a civilian in Saudi Arabia. After my 1 yr contract was up I returned hom to teach at a youth crisis center. I obtained an MEd in currciulum development and a PhD in Education Administration. The got me the principal's job at the crisis center. That only lasted six months. I left there and am now an English teacher on the duck Valley Indian Reservation in Northern Nevada. I hope I can stay here long enough to eventually retire. In the process I put my memories on paper and the resulting book (Amazon.com) "Mr. Lemon Goes to Riyadh." I tells about my journey to the Middle East beginning with my two years in Niger.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
I credit my success with my Islamic counterparts in the Saudi Air Force and later at King Faisal School with my introduction to Islam in the Peace Corps.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
There are a couple of people I would love to hear from: Monty Fusco and Mary Ann Taliaferro.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Hope your lives have been as gracious to you as mine has been to me. It just keeps getting better and better.
Originally posted: February 21, 2007
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Peace Corps Niger; Directory of Niger RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Niger RPCVs; Peace Corps Annual Report: 1978