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Nana Royer served in Colombia from 1965 to 67

Nana Royer served in Colombia from 1965 to 67

"The Peace Corps got me started in a life of wanting to serve others as a calling of sorts. It reinforced my feeling that money in itself does not bring happiness. We in the U.S. have way more in the way of material possessions than we could possibly need."

Nana Royer served in Colombia from 1965 to 67

Peace Corps volunteers remember experience of service
Corps marking 50th anniversary

Posted: March 6, 2011 - 1:28am


As the nation celebrates the founding of the Peace Corps on its 50th anniversary, locals who served in the corps reflect on their service and how it molded their lives.

Among the Peace Corps volunteers in the St. Augustine area (known as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers or RPCV's) are David Miron and his wife Bernadette Miron, Nana Royer, Lin Smith and Max Royle. Each had his/her own reason to enlist in the volunteer organization whose mission was to provide technical assistance, help people outside the United States to understand the U.S. culture, and vice-versa. However, the scope of their work went far beyond anyone's imagination.[


Nana Royer

Royer served in Columbia, South America from 1965 to 67.

Following graduation from college I worked as a secretary for a Peace Corps training group for the Virgin Islands and soon got the "bug" to join. Royer served as a volunteer in the Community Health Action Program.

"I taught basic healthy practice: use of latrines, boiling water, taught post-natal clinics relating to how to feed your baby, taught nutrition and gardening in the elementary school; coordinated with sponsors and community action efforts and involved local teenage community health volunteers," she said.

According to Royer, "The Peace Corps got me started in a life of wanting to serve others as a calling of sorts. It reinforced my feeling that money in itself does not bring happiness. We in the U.S. have way more in the way of material possessions than we could possibly need."

Royer summarized the effects the Peace Corps made in her life. "It confirmed my ability to be flexible and served to raise my awareness of life in other countries. It enhanced my problem-solving ability as well as my ability to make do with less."

Royer is currently a semi-retired Registered Nurse.

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