Peace Corps Peru: 2001

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The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.

Sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile, Peru is a large and diverse country. Its unique environmental variations include the arid coastal desert, the Andean Mountains and valleys, and the Amazonian tropical forests. With so many ecosystems and climatic zones, Peru is a country rich in biodiversity, with many rare species of flora and fauna. The country is home to approximately 25 million people of various cultures. The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.[1]

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2001: Peru Peace Corps Medical Director Andy Nichols dies at 64

Nichols was a physician in family and community medicine. He had been director of the University of Arizona Rural Health Office since 1970 and served as Medical Director for the Peace Corps in Peru. He also was active in U.S.-Mexican border health organizations. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Arizona Republic. "State Sen. Nichols Of Tucson Collapses, Dies" April 20, 2001.


2001: Peruvian President taught in Peace Corps Training Program

To the people of Peru, he is the leading candidate in the upcoming presidential election. To the people who went through State University College at Brockport's Peace Corps program in the summer of 1970, he is the bright, personable language instructor who rose to prominence from one of the poorest areas of South America. Leading in recent polls, Alejandro Toledo stands a good chance of winning a runoff election to be held in late May of early June. "Everyone's really excited about it," said Hugh Pickens, a retired engineer in Baltimore who runs a Web site for alumni of Brockport's long defunct Peace Corps program. Some 150 graduates of the Peace Corps program still keep in contact via e-mail, and have been following Toledo's career from the time he first ran for president five years ago to his current campaign, Pickens said. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "Suny Brockport Alums Recall Peru's Toledo" April 23, 2001.


2001: Peruvian stands on brink of presidency - and has 2 Tucsonans to thank for it

Alejandro Toledo was a 17-year-old slum dweller with ambition but little opportunity when he met Nancy Deeds and Joel Meister in 1963. The Peace Corps volunteers knocked on his family's door that year, looking for a place to live. Two years later, they were picking Toledo up at the airport in San Francisco, where he would start an education that launched him toward the presidency. "Without the help of Nancy and Joel, I probably would not have got very far," Toledo wrote in his 1995 autobiography. Now he finds himself leading opinion polls in the South American nation by 10 percentage points 2 1/2 weeks before the runoff election. � Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Arizona Daily Star . "Peruvian Stands On Brink Of Presidency - And Has 2 Tucsonans To Thank For It" May 19, 2001.


2001: Dr. Haladayna talks about Peace Corps Service in Cusco, Peru from 1967-69

Students at Big Rapids High School heard a firsthand account of life in another country, thanks to a visit by returned Peace Corps volunteer Ronald Haladyna, professor of Languages and Literature at Ferris State University. As part of Peace Corps Day ’99 on March 2, Dr. Haladyna spoke to the students of Kathy Hazlett’s BRHS class about his experiences while serving in Cusco, Peru from 1967-69. Haladyna returned last fall from revisiting the area he had served as a volunteer. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "Dr. Haladayna Talks About Peace Corps Service In Cusco, Peru From 1967-69" June 26, 2001.


2001: All in the Family - Joanne Bailis met her husband, Michael, while working in Peru from 1964 to 1967

Most volunteers will admit the Peace Corps changed their lives. That's more true for Joanne Bailis than for most. She met her husband, Michael, while working in Peru from 1964 to 1967; their daughter Anya is currently serving in Chad. In Arequipa, the second-largest city, Bailis taught at a school for retarded children, one of only two in the entire country. She went from door to door in search of eligible pupils, asking strangers if they knew of any retarded children. Many of her students had been hidden away by their embarrassed families, rarely venturing out and lacking any stimulation. In some cases, they were living alongside the animals. Bailis and her husband were among the first groups of Peace Corps volunteers, and in some cases were the first Americans the Peruvians had ever seen. "Getting to know people who on the surface aren't like you makes you realize how similar people are," she said. "You get a world view." When the couple returned for a visit in 1970, they found paved roads and water and sewer systems, along with intangible proof that their efforts had been effective. "People became prouder of things Peruvian," Bailis said. "They were beginning to wear the beautiful native fabrics and jewelry again." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "All In The Family - Joanne Bailis Met Her Husband, Michael, While Working In Peru From 1964 To 1967" June 26, 2001.


2001: George Wachtenheim, Peru RPCV, named new USAID Mission Director for Colombia

As a 25-year veteran of USAID, Wachtenheim brings considerable experience and expertise to Colombia. Prior to his new appointment, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID's headquarters in Washington, DC. Wachtenheim also has considerable experience and service in USAID's missions abroad. He has served as Mission Director in Mozambique and Peru and as Deputy Mission Director in Egypt, Honduras, and Bolivia. Wachtenheim was also Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Venezuela and Peru after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: USAID. "George Wachtenheim, Peru Rpcv, Named New Usaid Mission Director For Colombia" June 26, 2001.


2001: The Mathes's spent two years teaching at a teachers' college in Chiclayo, Peru, back in 1966-1968

My husband and I spent two years teaching at a teachers' college in Chiclayo, Peru, back in 1966-1968. As a result, a part of my heart is Peruvian, even though we haven't been there for thirty years. When I hear Spanish spoken, or have the opportunity to speak Spanish, I still feel connected with Peru. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "The Mathes's Spent Two Years Teaching At A Teachers' College In Chiclayo, Peru, Back In 1966-1968" June 26, 2001.


2001: Warren Roberts went to Peru in 1964 as a Peace Corps volunteer

Even with his long and devoted ties to California, Roberts has managed to see his share of the rest of the world. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from UC Davis in 1964, he went to Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer. Two and a half years later, he returned to Davis and obtained his master’s degree in 1969. Then, it was back to Peru with the Peace Corps to assess damages after the 1970 earthquake. Somewhere in between he managed to travel in Europe as well. Described as a “wonderful ambassador for the university,” Roberts joined UC Davis as the arboretum superintendent in 1972. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "Warren Roberts Went To Peru In 1964 As A Peace Corps Volunteer" June 26, 2001.


2001: Carolyn Kinsman served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru (1963 - 64)

From 1963 to 1965, Carolyn served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, helping to establish artisan production and marketing cooperatives, than worked for two years in Puerto Rico, where she was part of a team that developed experiential approaches to Peace Corps volunteer training. She was a partner in a small business consulting and design firm in Lima, Peru, for two years, and lived a total of nine years in Latin America. She is fluent in Spanish. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "Carolyn Kinsman Served As A Peace Corps Volunteer In Peru (1963 - 64)" June 26, 2001.


2001: The Mourning of Angels by Peru RPCV Patricia Edmisten

In straightforward, beautifully descriptive prose, subtly impregnated with the political and cultural history of Peru, Edmisten charts Lydia Schaefer´s journey from innocence--she is a Catholic girl, still a virgin, the product of a protective, loving home--to a stark, tragic maturity. Lydia describes her view beyond her barriada in Arequpa. ´Gray and white dominate the landscape. No road is paved. There are no trees. Nothing green. No spring flowers interfere with the dreariness. Looking up, however, there is visual relief. Misti, a 19,150-foot volcano, said to be dormant by experts, but alive to those who know her tremors, rises proudly over The City of my Hope. Snow lavishly bleeds down her sides, like the white mantle of the Madonna.´ Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Xlibros. "Review Of "A Mourning Of Angels"" June 26, 2001.


2001: Peace Corps Storyteller: Rafting the Amazon by Charles Brennick:

I’d been traveling for about a month since I finished my service with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. I was with my Chilean girlfriend, Pali, and our hope was to reach Venezuela, by land. We had already explored Paraguay, Bolivia and Central Peru. We had left Huancayo and after a long, bumpy bus ride, had arrived in a town called Pucallpa located in the Peruvian Amazon. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "I. Pucallpa" July 16, 2001.


2001: Frank Usher, Peru '67

Usher remembered that promise, when, as a political science major in his junior year, he saw a flier on a campus bulletin board advertising the Peace Corps. He signed up to become an agriculture teacher in the Rural Community Development Training Program. His group was the first to be trained outside the U.S. After months of intense training, an enthusiastic Usher was on his way to Checacupe, Peru, 11,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains. Usher got off to a rough start. On his third day, after eating at a restaurant owned by the mayor, he became ill. "I woke up at midnight feeling like a balloon ready to burst," he said. Violently ill with food poisoning, he found himself alone and sick. "I looked up at the sky and said, "Frank, if you can get through this, you can get through anything.'" The next morning, feeling weak from dehydration, he caught a bus to the Peace Corps headquarters where an American doctor treated him. After some rest, a shower and some clean clothes, he surprised everyone by saying he wanted to stay. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: UCR. "Frank Usher '67" July 18, 2001.


2001: Team To Assess Re-Opening of Program In Peru

The Peace Corps announced today that it is exploring the possible re-opening of a program in Peru. In response to President Alejandro Toledo’s election day statement of interest in Peace Corps returning to Peru, a team of personnel will be traveling to Lima to conduct an initial assessment of the programmatic opportunities and the security environment and conditions there. Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962 and left at the request of President General Juan Velasco Alvarado in 1975, when it was felt that the developmental work could be effectively continued by local citizens. The assessment team will be in Peru from October 21-27, 2001, and will meet with a variety of government officials and development organizations to assess where Peace Corps volunteers might best collaborate with Peruvians on grassroots development projects. Previous programs supported 137 volunteers and trainees in agriculture, education, fisheries, forestry and earthquake reconstruction program. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Peace Corps Press Release. "Read The Peace Corps Press Release On The Possible Re-Opening Of Peace Corps Programs In Peru:" October 23, 2001.


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