Name: Robert Stein
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Stamford, CT

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1966-1968

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Chile

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Urban & Regional Planning

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

Juan Leonhardt, Chilean Architect/Planner, colleague & friend

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

Working with neighborhood leaders to develop housing solutions.

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

It reinforced my desire to serve and work in the planning field. Increased my awareness of the inequities in the world and need for advocacy.

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

My liberal arts education helped me gain many perspectives across multiple disciplines, which provided me with the broad knowledge and flexibility required.

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

Look forward to a life changing experience.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Better understanding of the world, knowledge to advocate for improved conditions upon return to US

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

Listening and flexibility are very important. Project failures can ofter be turned into important learning experiences.

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