Rustin Johnson

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Rustin Johnson
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Country Azerbaijan
Years: 2006-2008
Group Code AZ-04
Site(s) Xaçmaz
Region(s) Xaçmaz
Program(s) Business
Assignment(s) Farm Management and Agribusiness
From US state Alabama
From US town/city Florence
Rustin Johnson started in Azerbaijan 2006
Erin Gockel, Rustin Johnson
Region: Xaçmaz
Rustin Johnson
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Rustin Johnson
Other Volunteers who served in Azerbaijan
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Erin Gockel, Rustin Johnson, Amy Peterson, Sheki Azerbaijan, Eli Waite
Projects in Azerbaijan
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Azerbaijani Boys Leadership Experience (A.B.L.E) Camp, Candlelight Memorial, Community Garden, English Language Summer Camp, Gender Development Trainings, Internet Technology Access, Softball Season 2009, Summer Day Camp
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Rustin Johnson is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) currently located in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Erin Gockel. Erin and Rustin met in the Peace Corps and were married in Tbilisi of the Republic of Georgia on February 28, 2008.

Rustin works for the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a Program Specialist Assistant for the Staff Development Department. He is also a part-time student at the The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a Pre-Nursing major.

Rustin was a Farm Management - Agribusiness Adviser under Community Economic Development Program in the fourth volunteer group for Azerbaijan. His Pre-Service Training began in June, 2006. Rustin's service began in September, 2006 and was completed September, 2008.


Service with Host Organization

Ümid-HSDM's Northeast Regional Office, sponsored Rustin. Ümid was originally located in Quba, Azerbaijan, but relocated in Xaçmaz, Azerbaijan in October, 2006. Ümid-HSDM worked in collaboration with Community Housing Foundation (CHF) and received funds from USAID to implement community development projects through the democratic process regions of Devechi, Quba, Qusar, and Xaçmaz. Their projects focused on development programs such as: infrastructure development; youth development; civic opportunities; tourism aid, and new business development. Work service accomplishments include:Teaching staff English, writing, professional communication skills and encouraging; coordinating community development projects with an emphasis on youth development and environmental improvements, and efforts on fostering future partnerships with business and non-profit organizations with local or national ties.


Community Service


Other Activities


Rustin served on the Volunteer Action Committee VAC for three quarters. He resigned before the last meeting of his one year term. He helped write and implement an Environmental Committee by organizing ideas, defining goals, and advising PCV writing the bylaws after being asked for assistance by Ina Arnaoudova and Jenny Groza. He also served on the volunteer portion of the selection commitee with fellow volunteers, Ashley Hunziker and Ram Srinivasan. He also secured educational materials donated from private companies as resources for PCVs environmental work

Rustin served as a member of the Internal Resource Center Committee: a group formed to help organize and acquire resources provided by Peace Corps Azerbaijan for PCV use and advised staff on the creation and development of the Youth Development Program along with other volunteers

He also completed the Peace Corps sponsored Program Development and Management conference with his Azerbaijani community counterpart, Oleq Amrahov.

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