Peace Corps Peru: Pre-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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1966

1966: RPCVs remember Peace Corps Volunteer Troy M Ross who died while serving in Peru in April, 1966 at Age 25

Troy M Ross served in Peru and died in April, 1966. The cause of death was deemed to be Accident-aircraft. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Dayton Daily News. "Troy M Ross Served In Peru And Died In April, 1966." April 27, 1966.


1970

1970: RPCVs remember Peace Corps Volunteer Marie Clutterbuck who died while serving in Peru in May, 1970 at Age 22

Marie Clutterbuck served in Peru and died in May, 1970. The cause of death was deemed to be Accident-natural factors. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Dayton Daily News. "Marie Clutterbuck Served In Peru And Died In May, 1970." May 31, 1970.


1970: RPCVs remember Peace Corps Volunteer Gail Gross who died while serving in Peru in May, 1970 at Age 23

Gail Gross served in Peru and died in May, 1970. The cause of death was deemed to be Accident-natural factors. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Dayton Daily News. "Gail Gross Served In Peru And Died In May, 1970." May 31, 1970.


1974

1974: RPCVs remember Peace Corps Volunteer Dennis D Pfost who died while serving in Peru in March, 1974 at Age 25

Dennis D Pfost served in Peru and died in March, 1974. The cause of death was deemed to be Accident-fire. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Dayton Daily News. "Dennis D Pfost Served In Peru And Died In March, 1974." March 6, 1974.


1999

1999: Filmaker St. Clair Bourne was Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru

Over the past 30 years, St. Clair Bourne has amassed a substantial body of work about strong and controversial black artists and leaders: LeRoi Jones, Langston Hughes, Spike Lee, and John Henrick Clarke, among others. Most recently he's set his sights on the singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson and former Black Panther Stokely Carmichael. Here Bourne reflects on his long career, the state of black documentary, and modern-day griots. In person, St. Clair Bourne exudes much of the same charisma that the subjects of his documentaries and news pieces are known for--people like Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), Malcolm X, and Langston Hughes, to name a few, who seem to possess a passion that is uncommon in this age. Though the impression of Bourne etched in my mind comes from images taken nearly 30 years ago, when he was a young face behind PBS's Black Journal, he is still easily recognizable these days, commanding an air of respect on the set, like a five-star general in the old-school military. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: The Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. "St. Clair Bourne:" March 1, 1999.


2000

2000: Peru RPCV John Watson Wins Top Air Quality Research Award

Watson has provided the scientific leadership for major research projects in the Grand Canyon, Mexico City, the Los Angeles Basin, the Monterey Peninsula, California's Central Valley, Reno, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, the Pacific Northwest, and in several major regions of south central Texas. He has assisted atmospheric scientists in many other countries to adapt these methods to solving their own air quality problems. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Desert Research Institute. "Dri Scientist John Watson Wins Top Air Quality Research Award" July 20, 2000.


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