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1966: Rick Edwards served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia in Ibague, Natagaima, Chaparral (all in Tolima) beginning in 1966
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Rick Edwards can be contacted at richarddededwardsagmaildcom
Country of Service: Colombia
Training Group: 41 ?
Cities you served in: Ibague, Natagaima, Chaparral (all in Tolima)
Arrival Year: 1966
Departure Year: 1968
Community development -- urban placement in Zona del Ferrocarril, Ibague (1966-67) -- literacy, aqueduct, earthquake recovery, plus conduct of orientation in community development for future parish priests, at Seminario Conciliar of Ibague; Municipio of Natagaima (1967-68) -- promotor of Accion Comunal for 14 rural veredas and 5 urban barrios, including lobbying visits to departmental and national capitals to secure funding for a rural road, training of Accion Comunal boards in access to government agencies and resources, presiding at community board elections, assisting boards in soliciting funding for local projects, etc.; Chaparral (1968), working with fellow volunteer Bob Kirwin to develop an integrated regional PCV presence in southern Tolima, coordinating with private and public sector entities, site studies, and training of volunteers. Jack Hogan was our regional director.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Returned to seminary, became active in LA regional research/action/advocacy through NACLA; ordained United Methodist minister since 1971; campus ministry NYC, then serving churches in New York and Connecticut since 1978; retired 2007, but re-employed as pastor in Moose Lake, Minnesota.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
A decisive experience in my life, establishing life-long friendships, interests, and perspectives on the world.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Any who were in Tolima 1966-1968.
Originally posted: October 21, 2007
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1966; Peace Corps Colombia; Directory of Colombia RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Colombia RPCVs
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