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CESO in 1969-70

CESO turns its attention towards Indigenous communities within Canada, launching the Canadian Indian Program—later known as the Canadian Native Program.

Internationally, CESO volunteers have two main divisions: volunteers helping improve local industries and organizations, and those working as doctors or nurses associated with the CESO-CMA Caribbean plan.

Did You Know?

In 1969, CESO accepted 115 new volunteers, up from 31 the year before.

The roster of 65-69 year-old volunteers was affectionately nicknamed “The Paunch Corps” due to the notion that retirees who were previously thought to be “out to pasture” were taking on second careers as CESO volunteers.

Male volunteers were often accompanied on assignments by their wives, who would frequently host English classes or teach domestic skills to locals.  

C.A. Peachey visiting VA Russell Johnson in Malawi

VAs on assignment in Africa in 1969 1-800-268-9052
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