Difference between pages "Northern Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers" and "History of the Peace Corps in Bolivia"

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The Peace Corps initially entered Bolivia in 1962 with a group of health Volunteers. The program continued to grow over the next nine years, with Volunteers working in public health, agriculture, and community development in rural communities and in education in both urban and rural areas.
  
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In 1970, a coup installed a leftist military government.  A number of economic, political, and social circumstances strained the formerly cordial relationship between Bolivia and the United States. At the same time, a popular 1969 Bolivian movie, Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor), strongly suggested that Peace Corps Volunteers were sterilizing indigenous women. While the film’s director denied any association and the film itself was not a documentary, many Bolivians believed the movie to be factual. Public sentiment toward the Peace Corps became increasingly antagonistic, and in 1971, the Peace Corps was expelled from Bolivia.
  
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== The Northern Virginia (Nova)  RPCV group strives to build an international network of Peace Corp alumni to foster peace through better understanding of other cultures and social and physical geography.  We encourage mentoring of new and returning PCV’s, working together in local service projects, and promoting the 3Rd goal of Peace Corps.  Our regional coverage includes all of Northern Virginia ==
 
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Our Goals are:
 
1)  To build an international network of Peace Corps alumni, current volunteers, staff, and friends to exchange ideas and experiences;
 
2)  To mentor prospective Peace Corps Volunteers;
 
3)  To engage in community projects, both here and in our communities of service;  and
 
4)  To promote the 3rd goal of Peace Corps.
 
  
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===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Bolivia===
  
Our Activities are:
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In 1989, the government of Bolivia invited the Peace Corps back, and on April 1, 1990, 11 Volunteers arrived in La Paz.  Each of them had already completed two years of Peace Corps service in another country and extended for a third year to facilitate the Peace Corps’ return to Bolivia. Working in the departments (states) of Chuquisaca and Tarija, they paved the way for the Peace Corps’ reentry.
1) Potluck meetings every second month – the second Sunday of the month with a speaker from our group.
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2) Ethnic dinners
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3) Booth at the Reston Multi-Cultural Festival
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4) Volunteer service activities in the community
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Many development indicators rank Bolivia as one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. The repercussions of this extreme poverty are manifest throughout the country in high rates of maternal and infant mortality and preventable health disorders, an ineffective educational system, inadequate basic infrastructure, limited access to economic markets and technology, inefficient agricultural production, and environmental degradation.
  
If you are interested in participating, please email us at novarpcv@gmail.com
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The Peace Corps’ long-term goals in Bolivia mirror those of the Bolivian government and people: To eradicate poverty and provide-at the community level-the knowledge, tools, and capacities to help people improve their own lives.  
  
If you are a currently serving Peace Corps volunteer from Northern Virginia, and have a in country project that needs some funds, consider reaching out to us with a proposal. We do not have a lot of funds, but can help out.
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Up to September 2008, about 140 Volunteers worked in five project areas: agriculture (production and marketing), basic sanitation (water systems, latrines, and solid waste disposal), integrated education (nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation education), microenterprise development (business education and community-based tourism), and natural resources (microwatershed restoration and improvement and environmental education). Volunteers in different projects often work together in an integrated and holistic approach to community development.  
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Bolivia is a large and vastly diverse country with extensive development needs. Peace Corps Volunteers uniquely address those needs at the grass-roots level.
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In September 2008, Peace Corps Bolivia was withdrawn and the programs "temporarily suspended" due to deteriorating political relationships btween the US government and President Evo Morales of Boliva.
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===Assignment History===
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| rowspan="5" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
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| [[Ag Economics]]
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| [[1995]]
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| [[2008]]
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| [[Ag Extension]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[2008]]
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|-
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| [[Apiculture]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[1990]]
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|-
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| [[Crop Extension]]
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| [[1962]]
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| [[2008]]
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|-
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| [[Soil Science]]
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| [[1992]]
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| [[1996]]
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|-
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| rowspan="7" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
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| [[Accounting]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[1990]]
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|-
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| [[Business Advising]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Business Development]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Computer Science]]
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| [[2002]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Cooperatives]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[1997]]
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|-
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| [[NGO Advising]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Urban and Regional Planning]]
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| [[1998]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Crisis Corps]]'''
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| [[Crisis Corps]]
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| [[1998]]
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| [[1998]]
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| rowspan="7" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
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| [[Art Education]]
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| [[1998]]
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| [[1998]]
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| [[English Teacher]]
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| [[1966]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[Fisheries Fresh]]
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| [[1989]]
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| [[1989]]
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|-
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| [[Gen. Construction]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Industrial Arts]]
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| [[1967]]
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| [[1970]]
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| [[Prim-Ed/Teach Trn]]
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| [[2002]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Voc. Trainer]]
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| [[1992]]
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| [[1992]]
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|-
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| rowspan="4" align="center"| '''[[Environment]]'''
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| [[Comm Forestry Ext]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[2000]]
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|-
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| [[Environmental Ed.]]
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| [[1992]]
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| [[2008]]
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|-
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| [[Forestry]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[2008]]
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|-
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| [[Protected Areas Management]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[1992]]
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|-
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| rowspan="5" align="center"| '''[[Health]]'''
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| [[Envir. and Water Resource]]
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| [[1962]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Health Degreed]]
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| [[2002]]
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| [[2005]]
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|-
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| [[Health Extension]]
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| [[1997]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Home Econ/Ext.]]
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| [[1962]]
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| [[1990]]
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|-
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| [[Hygiene Ed/Sanitation]]
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| [[1992]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Master's International]]'''
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| [[Masters Internationalist]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[1991]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Other]]'''
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| [[Unique Skill]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[1990]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[UNV]]'''
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| [[United Nations Volunteer]]
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| [[1975]]
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| [[1975]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Youth and Community Development]]'''
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| [[Commun. Serv/Deg.]]
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| [[1962]]
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| [[2007]]
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[[Category:Bolivia]]

Revision as of 11:09, 8 December 2015

Country Resources

The Peace Corps initially entered Bolivia in 1962 with a group of health Volunteers. The program continued to grow over the next nine years, with Volunteers working in public health, agriculture, and community development in rural communities and in education in both urban and rural areas.

In 1970, a coup installed a leftist military government. A number of economic, political, and social circumstances strained the formerly cordial relationship between Bolivia and the United States. At the same time, a popular 1969 Bolivian movie, Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor), strongly suggested that Peace Corps Volunteers were sterilizing indigenous women. While the film’s director denied any association and the film itself was not a documentary, many Bolivians believed the movie to be factual. Public sentiment toward the Peace Corps became increasingly antagonistic, and in 1971, the Peace Corps was expelled from Bolivia.


History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Bolivia

In 1989, the government of Bolivia invited the Peace Corps back, and on April 1, 1990, 11 Volunteers arrived in La Paz. Each of them had already completed two years of Peace Corps service in another country and extended for a third year to facilitate the Peace Corps’ return to Bolivia. Working in the departments (states) of Chuquisaca and Tarija, they paved the way for the Peace Corps’ reentry.

Many development indicators rank Bolivia as one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. The repercussions of this extreme poverty are manifest throughout the country in high rates of maternal and infant mortality and preventable health disorders, an ineffective educational system, inadequate basic infrastructure, limited access to economic markets and technology, inefficient agricultural production, and environmental degradation.

The Peace Corps’ long-term goals in Bolivia mirror those of the Bolivian government and people: To eradicate poverty and provide-at the community level-the knowledge, tools, and capacities to help people improve their own lives.

Up to September 2008, about 140 Volunteers worked in five project areas: agriculture (production and marketing), basic sanitation (water systems, latrines, and solid waste disposal), integrated education (nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation education), microenterprise development (business education and community-based tourism), and natural resources (microwatershed restoration and improvement and environmental education). Volunteers in different projects often work together in an integrated and holistic approach to community development.

Bolivia is a large and vastly diverse country with extensive development needs. Peace Corps Volunteers uniquely address those needs at the grass-roots level.

In September 2008, Peace Corps Bolivia was withdrawn and the programs "temporarily suspended" due to deteriorating political relationships btween the US government and President Evo Morales of Boliva.

Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1995 2008
Ag Extension 1991 2008
Apiculture 1990 1990
Crop Extension 1962 2008
Soil Science 1992 1996
Business Accounting 1990 1990
Business Advising 1990 2007
Business Development 2001 2007
Computer Science 2002 2007
Cooperatives 1990 1997
NGO Advising 2004 2007
Urban and Regional Planning 1998 2007
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 1998 1998
Education Art Education 1998 1998
English Teacher 1966 1991
Fisheries Fresh 1989 1989
Gen. Construction 2004 2007
Industrial Arts 1967 1970
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 2002 2007
Voc. Trainer 1992 1992
Environment Comm Forestry Ext 1990 2000
Environmental Ed. 1992 2008
Forestry 1990 2008
Protected Areas Management 1991 1992
Health Envir. and Water Resource 1962 2007
Health Degreed 2002 2005
Health Extension 1997 2007
Home Econ/Ext. 1962 1990
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 1992 2007
Master's International Masters Internationalist 1991 1991
Other Unique Skill 1990 1990
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1975 1975
Youth and Community Development Commun. Serv/Deg. 1962 2007