A gift from my Korean "father" 35 years later during my reunion visit.

Sudok Temple Bell

Name: Thomas Reiber
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Retired from Ford Motor Company, Information Technology

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1972-1975

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

South Korea

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Teaching English as a Foreign Language; developing workshops for Korean English teachers

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

My co-teacher, Mr. Jeong and high school teacher Mr. Kang

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

I developed a reputation for "happy teaching" that became wildly popular, in contrast to the rote and repetition method typical at my Korean school.

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

love to meet people from different cultures, although I am partial to Koreans. I was amazed how many Americans wanted to hear about my experiences overseas.

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

UofM opened my mind to other cultures and learning to respect diverse points of view.

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

You will receive more than you give.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

It is like having a second family and hometown.

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