Don Frerichs - Bolivia Rural Sanitation Volunteer

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Don Frerichs - Bolivia Rural Sanitation Volunteer

Don Frerichs - Bolivia Rural Sanitation Volunteer

Don Frerichs - Bolivia Rural Sanitation Volunteer

Don Frerichs Bolivia Rural Sanitation Volunteer

Don graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997 with a BA in Latin American Studies and a BS in regional development. One month after graduating Don went to Bolivia as a Rural Sanitation Volunteer. Don lived in Kcocha Pampa for almost a year. This was a small town in the Andes that required him to travel for six hours on the back of a truck and then walk for two to get there. He worked with communities to design, construct and maintain potable water systems. These systems included family latrines and faucets and community showers. He also completed a variety of community improvement projects. Don moved to Sucre, Bolivia to work at the Tanga Tanga Children's Museum. Sucre is the historical capital of Bolivia. The Museum is the equivalent of a Boys and Girls Club in the United States. While at the Museum Don worked in a variety of areas due to the Museum's small staff.

These projects included:

coordination of resource use in the kids library coordination of bookmobile visits to rural communities basic health and sanitation education opening a community health center for needy children and mothers construction assistance for the Museum café Installation of small water systems for the Museum gardens Starting community gardens with local school kids

Don was also very active in Peace Corps Administration. He served as regional editor of the Volunteer newsletter and was the regional representative to the Volunteer Advisory Committee, a liaison between Volunteers and the Peace Corps Administration. Don is currently completing his masters in Public Service and Policy at the Bush School at Texas A&M. He is currently the on-campus recruiter for Peace Corps. Ribbon cutting ceremony

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