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1966: Jim Reck served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi in Mzimba, Namitambo, Livingstonia beginning in 1966
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Jim Reck can be contacted at jamesnsharonamsndcom
Country of Service: Malawi
Training Group: Malawi Public Health Project at University of North Carolina, Summer 1966.
Cities you served in: Mzimba, Namitambo, Livingstonia
Arrival Year: 1966
Departure Year: 1968
Tuberculosis eradication at Mzimba, mother and child clinic at Namitambo, and high school teacher at Livingstonia.
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:
Married to PCV Sharon (Mitchell) for 42 years. Three wonderful daughters. Professor of Geography, Golden West College. My experiences in Malawi have been very useful in my graduate study in geography and college teaching and research. I am still fascinated by the relationships between the physical environment and culture in tropical environments. Students really appreciate my first hand experiences in Africa.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
My life was enriched in so many ways by my experiences in Malawi. Meeting and marrying PCV Sharon Mitchell was the best thing that ever happened to me. We have had a wonderful life together. We learned a lot about the world and ourselves. Malawians are beautiful people. They do so much with so little. I have never been able to completely adjust to the personal material wealth in America since my Malawi days. Malawi has stayed alive for me all these years.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
We would enjoy contact with anyone from the tuberculosis project. The training at UNC was amazing. We went through a lot together. After the first year, when Sharon worked in Blantyre and I worked in Mzimba and Namitambo, we transfered into teaching at Livingstonia because that was the only way the director would let us get married. At Livingstonia, we met and worked with many more wonderful people and would like to hear from them, too.
Originally posted: 10/16/2009
Peace Corps Annual Report: 1966; Peace Corps Malawi; Directory of Malawi RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Malawi RPCVs
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