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Michael Hirsh
Lima, Peru
Training Biography

More Recent

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(1) Michale & Aracely Hirsh, from their recent wedding in Peru.

and Work

Bolivia: Punata, Cochabamba (1970-71)
Rural Electrification Group 39 (worked with the Rural Electric Cooperative of Punata)

Peru: Lima, Peru (2006-10)
Country Director PC/Peru


Much of my career has been with USAID (Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, and Peru). 

I also have been a PC staff member three times (Program and Training Officer in Ecuador in the 1980s; Country Director in the Dominican Republic in the 1990s; and currently Country Director in Peru). 

Also spent 12 years in San Diego, nine of which working for a local nonprofit.

PC In Your Life

PC got me interested in the field of international development, where I have spent much of my career.  I'm a firm believer in grass-roots development


Best/Worst PC Experience

Unfortunately, PC was ousted from Bolivia during my service.  I wish we could have finished.  The best part was the friendships made with fellow Volunteers and with many Bolivians

RPCV Groups

I’m a member of Amigos and NPCA.

In the Future
Starting a second family, I'm pretty much committed to working for the next 20 years.  Will probably return to San Diego when my stint as Country Director in Peru ends in 2010.
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South American food; South American women; travel; adventure.