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Robert Gerald Dugan
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|Robert Dugan started in Philippines 1983|
|Andy Andrews, Robert Dugan|
|Business in Philippines:|
|Robert Dugan, Douglas J Kramer, Roger N Matthew, Carey Monahan, Bill Powell, Scott shero|
|Other Volunteers who served in Philippines
|Andy Andrews, William Baker, Daniel Banks, Bob Beckel, Robert Bock, Nancy Boyd, Carol Bradley Cukier, David Bragg, Sandra Brooks, Julia Campbell, Margaret Carmona, Eileen Chase, Linda Cleary, James Cogswell, Theodore Cooper … further results|
|Projects in Philippines
|Bantay Dagat Outpost, Bicol Region Camp GLOW, Education Materials for Special Needs Children, Helping Hands, On-site Skills Training Program, Re-Engineering SPED Programs Division Wide for Students with Disabilities, Strategies for Implementing Biosand Water Filter Projects Case Studies from the Philippines, Workstation Computer Lab|
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 Description of Service
I worked in a rural farming/fishing community of 50,000 at the southern tip of the island of Negros Oriental. When I arrived in this community back in July of 1983, the US Peace Corps informed all volunteers that they no longer could own or even drive a motorcycle. If we were caught, we would be sent home. Volunteers in my group did have to go home because of this. Because our means of transportation was limited to public or walking the area that I helped serve became a much smaller area. I worked out of the Mayor's office, hospital outreach and the local school systems. I helped with recreation projects, education projects and self help fund raising projects. When I left the country in September of 1985, I had a farewell party thrown for me in which more than 500 people were present. It was the greatest 2.5 years of my life.
 About Robert Dugan Today
After I left the Peace Corps, I had no desire to work for the government in any way. For the first 10 years after I was out I worked in Hotel Management. After my time spent traveling, I guess working the hospitality industry made sense. I left the hotel industry and for the last 10 years I have been selling real estate. My days in the Peace Corps left me with that desire to be my own boss and this is what real estate has allowed me to do.
I met my wife in Siaton. We got married in the Philippines 6 months after my tour of duty was completed. We have traveled back to the Philippines 4 times since I have worked there. It has been amazing to see how much my town has changed. When I was there I would have to travel 30 miles just to make a phone call home to America. Today, I can sit on the computer at my in-laws homes and talk for free via skype. We have seen people we know come visit us here in Milwaukee. Many educated friends of my wife are currently living in the US. Today the community I worked in has grown to about 80,000, with a couple of cell towers in the middle of town. It is a comfortable town that is still a farming and fishing community.
I have returned 2 more times. I returned in 2007 to attend my nieces wedding and 2010 to bury my father-n-law. It is really exciting to see the economic growth of my host town over the past 25 years. What has really excited me was to see my first home where I was hosted when I arrived in Siaton is now a bed n breakfast. I was able to take pictures of past and present where I posted on Face Book Albums.
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