Former Peace Corps volunteer Bill Heenan

The desire to travel never fades: Former Peace Corps volunteer Bill Heenan recently in Yemen.

Name: William Heenan
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Gordon Bernell Charter School, Albuquerque, NM

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1976-1978 and 1978-1986

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Chad (76-78) and Peace Corps Headquarters (78-86)

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Teach English as a Foreign Language to high school students and train new volunteers in teaching methods.

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

Tom Price, a fellow volunteer who had been in country a year before me.

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

First day of teaching 60+ students

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

Confirmed interest in teaching and in learning languages.

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

Opened my eyes to what's happening in the world.

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

Be healthy, patient, adaptable, and open to new experiences.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Gain new perspectives of the world at a street level.

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

Patience and flexibility

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