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1977: william j spurlin served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in Kulai, Johore beginning in 1977
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer william j spurlin can be contacted at wjspurlinaaoldcom
Country of Service: Malaysia
Training Group: 87
Cities you served in: Kulai, Johore
Arrival Year: 1977
Departure Year: 1979
ESL Secondary Teacher, Teacher Training
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Taught in Singapore for three years right after Malaysia, went to graduate school at Columbia University (PhD in Comparative Literature); professor for the past 18 years, now teach at Univ of Sussex in the UK and live in London with my partner, David, of 22 years.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
I absolutely loved it; stayed for 3 more years in S'pore and liked the decent salary and travelled all over Asia. Been back to Malaysia 4 times since a PCV and found the school where I taught...they put me and my partner, David, to work (we had to teach English!) The importance of cultural difference is a defining feature of my academic work and my teaching and the Peace Corps had a huge influence.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Anyone from Group 87--Emily, Paul, Sue, Suzi, Susan, Joe, etc
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Get others to join the Peace Corps. One never forgets it.
Originally posted: April 5, 2008
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1977; Peace Corps Malaysia; Directory of Malaysia RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Malaysia RPCVs
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