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1968: MARTIN RIST served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela in Puerto Cabello beginning in 1968
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer MARTIN RIST can be contacted at mrist2001ayahoodcom
Country of Service: Venezuela
Training Group: Savings and Loan Cooperatives
Cities you served in: Puerto Cabello
Arrival Year: 1968
Departure Year: 1969
Advised savings and loan cooperatives in my area in coordination with Venezuelan government extensionists
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
After PC I worked with ex felons in a work release program for 2 years in San Diego, then got an MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA, went to Guatemala for a year and worked in a rural health program, dropped out of grad school in 1976 and went to work painting houses and over time became a real estate developer, got married, had a couple of kids, moved to the coast of Maine in 1988 from Orange County (a ghetto of affluence), raised our children there for 14 years, was a volunteer firefighter for 13 years rising to rank of Truck Captain(very big deal), moved back to Ca in 2002 and now manage portfolio of commercial properties that my wife and I own in Maine. In 2004 I began helping to develop a primary school in Managua, Nicaragua in a very tough barrio with no public schools. We currently educate and provide two meals a day to approx 250 children from pre school to sixth grade.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Seems a long time ago now but still mind bending and life altering experience
Originally posted: 12/16/2008
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1968; Peace Corps Venezuela; Directory of Venezuela RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Venezuela RPCVs
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