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1973: James L. Bowen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela in Caripito and Caracas beginning in 1973
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer James L. Bowen can be contacted at jlbowenanwosudedu
Country of Service: Venezuela
Training Group: Physical Education Teacher Training
Cities you served in: Caripito and Caracas
Arrival Year: 1973
Departure Year: 1976
The first 2 years I held workshops on Saturday mornings for Elementary School teachers teaching them how to teach physical education to their students. The remainder of the week I observed the teachers as they taught their physical education in their home school. My last year I worked out of the Peace Corps office in Caracas and helped coordinate the PE/TT program.
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:
Guatemala from February 1976 to August 1976. Assisted with earthquake relief.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
I taught math and coached wrestling for 3 years in the public schools and ran my own insurance business for 5 years. For the last 19 years I have been at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. I am currently the Dean of Professional Studies. My wife of 30 years is an assistant superintendent of a career technical school. I have 2 children - a daughter and a son - and very recently (1/3/07)a grandson.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Much of what I learned and experienced during my 3 years with Peace Corps has helped repeatedly over the course of my career. Working with people, problem solving, dealing with change are all things that have served me well and are things that began development during my service.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Anyone who served in either Venezuela or Guatemala.
Originally posted: February 21, 2007
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Peace Corps Venezuela; Directory of Venezuela RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Venezuela RPCVs; Peace Corps Annual Report: 1973