Stephen A. Church

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Stephen A. Church
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Country Ecuador
Years: 1996-1999
Site(s) Azogues
Region(s) Cañar
Program(s) Agriculture
Assignment(s) Business_Developmentwarning.png"Business_Development" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Stephen Church started in Ecuador 1996
Stephen A. Church
Region: Cañar
Stephen A. Church, Don Dilworth, Chuck Lippi, Gary F. Richardson, David Trevor Wright
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Patty Hubbuch Bailey, Dennis C. Bangs, Barbara (Bean) Browne, Joshua Busby, Susan Butler-Graham, Karin Chamberlain, Stephen A. Church, Marie Connell, Forrest D Corson, Gary B. Dobbas … further results
Other Volunteers who served in Ecuador
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Carol Tumaylle, Todd Mitchell, John C. Abramowicz, James Agett, Caryl Alarcon, John Alexander, Karen Allison, Jack R. Amon, Bryndis Andrade, David J. Andrews, Lewis R Applegate, Ralph Archung, Heather Askey, Philipp Auer, Patty Hubbuch Bailey … further results
Projects in Ecuador
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A Home for the Elderly, Build a Library, Build a Future, Community Sanitation Project, First Aid Workshop, Gender Seminar, Marimba Dance Group Outfits, Milk for Kids, Tourist Eco-Cabin
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I worked with the Pastoral Social office of the Curia Diocesana de Azogues in a position somewhat similar to that of an agribusiness extension agent. I was based in an office in the provincial capital, but the majority of my work occurred outside of the city. I carried out small business trainings with members of rural community groups that had received small production loans from the office I worked with. The trainings included topics such as basic bookkeeping, basic marketing, and cost analysis. I did some of the training in more formal workshop settings and some were done on an individual basis with some of the larger, more organized and advanced groups. I made follow-up/troublshooting visits on a regular basis with the larger groups and per request with the smaller groups. I also worked with a women's group to export wool sweaters. Unfortunately --at least as far as I know-- this was a one-time thing. With my fellow Agribusiness PCVs, we put together a basic small business manual for non-business PCVs. On a more personal note, I met and married my wife while I served as a Volunteer. Following my COS, I stayed in Ecuador on contract with Peace Corps as Technical Trainer for the incoming Agribusiness Trainees.

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