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1981: Rob Solem served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central African Republic in Bouar beginning in 1981
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Rob Solem can be contacted at rsolemayahoodcom
Country of Service: Central African Republic
Cities you served in: Bouar
Arrival Year: 1981
Departure Year: 1982 (3rd year volunteer)
Worked as a construction volunteer for a World Bank Cattle project in NE CAR. Lived with Greg Gallishaw in Bouar.
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:
Gabon (1979-1981). School construction volunteer based in the Bateke Plateau.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Received a grad degree from Cornell in 1985. Returned to Africa in 1985 where I worked for different NGOs (World Relief, CRS, WWF) and a beltway bandit (DAI). Lived in Burkina, Gabon, Madagascar and did short term work in Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo-Brazza, Congo-Kinshasa, Sudan and Kenya. Returned to US in 2001 where I work for World Vision as a senior program officer managing different grants in Africa.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
After working in the development sector for almost 30 years, I have to say that my Peace Corps experience was the high point of my career. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I also met my wife in CAR and adopted my daughter from Madagascar.
Originally posted: April 4, 2008
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1981; Peace Corps Central African Republic; Directory of Central African Republic RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Central African Republic RPCVs
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