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|Robert Collman started in Nigeria 1965|
|Chris Collman, Robert Collman, Dennis F. Goldstein, Clare McMahon Yates, Michael J. Schaal, Monika de Vries- Nigeria|
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 Description of Service
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I was the first Rural Development Officer for Ikot Ekpene Division, Annang Province in the Eastern Region. Most of my work involved organizing community and cooperative development in a 600 sq mile area, with about 250,000 people. For example, I worked with Ministry of Agriculture to assist 12 villages to establish community oil palm farms of 30 to 100 acres. Several times I helped village leaders with specific bridge projects. The Provincial government asked me to managed community relations at a new rice demonstration project, which involved a serious land dispute. In my last year, I started to train counterparts. My personal interest was in the managed process of change on the village level, which I believed started with existing cultural systems. Each village had it's own way to get to their goal, my job was assist them with their solutions to problems.
My nickname was Udoh Ukot, "The seccond son of palm wine". I went to a lot of meetings and liked to listen to local stories. As a 20 year old from the suburbs of Sacramento, I like to think I did more good than harm.
 About Robert Collman Today
My Nigerian service helped me understand "customer service" and "human nature" in a cross cultural context. I experienced what I later learned, motivation for others comes from them, not from you. Perhaps the most important thing was to be aware of and at peace with my own ignorance. On the negative side, I still speak as if I am using a new translator at a village meeting someplace in Ikot Ekpene.
Today, I still view myself as a mentor. Since 2002, I have been a distance education/training techie. I assist trainers and students use new technology. This work has brought me back to volunteering in several international on line projects.
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