Name: James Pistilli
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Macomb County

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1976-1978

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Nepal

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Water Supply Engineer

Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?

Carl Johnson, our technical trainer. Captain Khum Bahadur Bura in the village of Bunga Dobhan.

What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?

too many. too personal.

In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?

I am more patient, humble, ant thankful for what we have in the USA.

In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?

I truly understood hydraulics, much to my surprise, and used that kowledge to build water supply systems that are in use to this day.

What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?

Do it! you owe it to yourself, as a tribute to your MI education, and to serve others

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Self confidence.

What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?

There are good people everywhere, and they are in the majority.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I embarked on this journey (it still continues in many ways) to break down the disparity of wealty in the world. I came back much teh richer.

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