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|middlename=Phil
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|lastname=Turnipseed
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|Volunteer=   Erik W. Lang
|country=    Ecuador
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|Country=    Guatemela
|yearservicestarted=      1977
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|Years=      1988-1990
|yearserviceended=1979
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|Group=      YOUR GROUP NUMBER OR CODE
|Group=      Smithsonian Institution
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|Site=        Quetzaltenango
|site=        Cuenca
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|Sector=     Appropriate Technology
|region=Azuay
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|program=Environment
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|assignment01=Forestry
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|assignment02=Forest Engineer/Exotic Species Trials
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== Training ==
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Our group departed from Miami in November 1987.  We spent three months at a training center in the aldea of Jocotenango, just outside of Antigua.  I lived with a very poor family during training.  They cooked on an open fire and everything tasted like smoke, even the watery oatmeal.  We ate beans and tortillas almost all the time.  My stomach was unsettled during my whole two years of service, and I drank a bottle of Pepto-Bismol about every week (not really).  I survived by trading my smoky tasting food for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Out of about 50 trainees, about 45 of us were sworn in as volunteers in February 1988 in Guatemala City.
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== Volunteer Service ==
  
==Description of Service==
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My project was called '''appropriate technology'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appropriate_technology].  Mostly I taught people how to build stoves.  The indigenous population was used to cooking on the floor.  Basically they would put a pot on top of three rocks and use wood they gathered from the nearby forests. This caused their one room adobe houses to fill up with smoke.  The smoke caused eye and respiratory problems, particularly for the children.   This method also used a lot of wood, which exacerbated the terrible deforestation occurring in the highlands. The stoves that we built, if used correctly, used less wood.  Even if they were not used correctly, they usually got the smoke out of the house. I think we built close to two hundred stoves while I was there.  And I know that they continued to build them after I left.
D. Phil Turnipseed and Albert B. Kopf continued work on an 8-year old exotic tree species trials project centered in Cuenca, Ecuador and sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution in cooperation with the Peace Corps and several key host-country agencies. The main project activities involved:
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1. researching exotic tree species and seed stock;
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2. procuring seed from sources around the world;
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3. managing the nursery growth of potted tree seedlings;
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4. planting new plots in the Provinces of Azuay, Cañar and Morona Santiago; and
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5. measuring new exotic species plots and also 8-10 year old tree plots;
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The principal objectives of the project were to research, identify, and establish alternative tree species that could be used to help commercially reforest the Andes Mountains of the southern sierra of Ecuador. The two principal commercial tree species grown in Ecuador and the tropical world at that time were pinus radiata and eucalyptus globulus. The project leaders supervised up to 15 man crews in this reforestation project. In addition to researching and initiating new exotic tree species trials, Mr. Kopf and Mr. Turnipseed also worked on the continued research and development of an 8-year old ongoing exotic and native tree species experimental trials project established in various climates from the coastal foothills into the principal Andean sierra to the foothills of the Amazon Basin in the Provinces of Azuay, Cañar, and Morona Santiago. During the course of over two years of research, 2 non-refereed administrative reports were published principally for the cooperating and interactive agencies (i.e. USAID, FAO, CARE, Host-country development agencies).  
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I also taught people how to build latrines, mostly pit latrines.  However, we built a few composting toilets. I did not have an official counterpart, but worked very closely with a fantastic individual named [[Julio Marin Quijibish]].  He spoke Spanish and the Quiche language.  He was paid by a religious based health clinic called [[Clinica Cristiana]]. It was a project funded by a church in Falls Church, Virginia. They did exceptional work.  They had North American doctors who spoke Spanish and Quiche fluently. I spoke only a few words of Quiche.  We also built a few solar ovens and a few fero-cement storage tanks. However the stoves were the most successful.  I had a little motorcycle and traveled to many rural areas outside of Quetzaltenago to build stones.
  
Secondary activities of the project involved accessing funds through grants for community projects such as nurseries, potable water, and bridge construction in the pueblos surrounding the metropolitan Cuenca (Azuay Province )area.  
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There were three different types of stoves being built in the time period I was in Guatemala: adobe, ceramic, and brick.  My counterpart Julio had been building adobe stoves before I taught him how to build brick stoves.  The adobe stoves were harder to build and took longer.  The brick stoves were more durable and efficient.  There was a ceramic stove maker in a neighboring province, Eleuterio Ramos Guinil,who had been trained by a previous volunteer.  He lived in Cajola[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cajola+guatemala&sll=14.922227,-91.612587&sspn=0.081277,0.11673&ie=UTF8&ll=14.955399,-91.604004&spn=1.300212,1.867676&z=9&iwloc=addr] and worked mostly on the coast.  My counterpart and I built mostly brick stoves in and around Quetzaltenango.  We had two helpers: Santiago & Thomas.  My counterpart, Julio, invented a somewhat [[portable brick stove built on top of a cement slab]].  He was very smart.  He and I also wrote a manual on how to create cement slabs and make pit latrines.  Some other volunteers, Barry & June Moline, came to my site and built a large bread oven for Julio, and he started a small bakery out of his house.
  
==Lessons Learned==
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== Related Links ==
  
==About D. Phil Turnipseed Today ==
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'''''See this''''' [http://wlerik.wordpress.com/2007/02/27/untitled/ 2 minute video I made] for a global warming video contest[http://truths.treehugger.com/] about my Peace Corps experience.
  
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More information about my [http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2001492&id=1117819700 B&W photographs from Guatemala] and Guatemalan paintings from my friend, Harry Danvers, who lives and operates a language school [http://wlerik.blogspot.com/]in Quetzaltenango, can be found at: http://www.guatemalan-art.com/
  
==Bibliography==
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== Bio/Contact Information ==
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B.A Political Science 1987 (University of Connecticut),
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J.D. 1993 (Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University)
  
* Turnipseed, D.P., and Kopf, A.B., 1979, ''La Suma de la Fase II de los Ensayos Exoticos en las Provincias del Azuay, Canar, y Morona Santiago (1976-1979)'', CREA/U.S. Peace Corps. Forestry Investigations Program, Cuenca, Ecuador, S.A., Final Report, October 1979.
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Erik's Facebook Page[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117819700]
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Erik's Twitter ID[https://twitter.com/wlerik]
  
* Turnipseed, D.P., and Kopf, A.B., 1978, ''La Conclusion de los Datos del Cuerpo de Paz de las Especies Exoticas en las Provincias del Azuay y Canar: Los Ensayos de la Fase I (1968-1978)'', CREA/U.S. Peace Corps. Forestry Investigations Program, Cuenca, Ecuador, S.A., Final Report, November 1978.
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Training

Our group departed from Miami in November 1987. We spent three months at a training center in the aldea of Jocotenango, just outside of Antigua. I lived with a very poor family during training. They cooked on an open fire and everything tasted like smoke, even the watery oatmeal. We ate beans and tortillas almost all the time. My stomach was unsettled during my whole two years of service, and I drank a bottle of Pepto-Bismol about every week (not really). I survived by trading my smoky tasting food for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Out of about 50 trainees, about 45 of us were sworn in as volunteers in February 1988 in Guatemala City.


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Volunteer Service

My project was called appropriate technology[1]. Mostly I taught people how to build stoves. The indigenous population was used to cooking on the floor. Basically they would put a pot on top of three rocks and use wood they gathered from the nearby forests. This caused their one room adobe houses to fill up with smoke. The smoke caused eye and respiratory problems, particularly for the children. This method also used a lot of wood, which exacerbated the terrible deforestation occurring in the highlands. The stoves that we built, if used correctly, used less wood. Even if they were not used correctly, they usually got the smoke out of the house. I think we built close to two hundred stoves while I was there. And I know that they continued to build them after I left.

File:Rev2lang39-r3-e044.jpg

I also taught people how to build latrines, mostly pit latrines. However, we built a few composting toilets. I did not have an official counterpart, but worked very closely with a fantastic individual named Julio Marin Quijibish. He spoke Spanish and the Quiche language. He was paid by a religious based health clinic called Clinica Cristiana. It was a project funded by a church in Falls Church, Virginia. They did exceptional work. They had North American doctors who spoke Spanish and Quiche fluently. I spoke only a few words of Quiche. We also built a few solar ovens and a few fero-cement storage tanks. However the stoves were the most successful. I had a little motorcycle and traveled to many rural areas outside of Quetzaltenago to build stones.

There were three different types of stoves being built in the time period I was in Guatemala: adobe, ceramic, and brick. My counterpart Julio had been building adobe stoves before I taught him how to build brick stoves. The adobe stoves were harder to build and took longer. The brick stoves were more durable and efficient. There was a ceramic stove maker in a neighboring province, Eleuterio Ramos Guinil,who had been trained by a previous volunteer. He lived in Cajola[2] and worked mostly on the coast. My counterpart and I built mostly brick stoves in and around Quetzaltenango. We had two helpers: Santiago & Thomas. My counterpart, Julio, invented a somewhat portable brick stove built on top of a cement slab. He was very smart. He and I also wrote a manual on how to create cement slabs and make pit latrines. Some other volunteers, Barry & June Moline, came to my site and built a large bread oven for Julio, and he started a small bakery out of his house.

Related Links

See this 2 minute video I made for a global warming video contest[3] about my Peace Corps experience.

More information about my B&W photographs from Guatemala and Guatemalan paintings from my friend, Harry Danvers, who lives and operates a language school [4]in Quetzaltenango, can be found at: http://www.guatemalan-art.com/

Bio/Contact Information

B.A Political Science 1987 (University of Connecticut), J.D. 1993 (Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University)

Erik's Facebook Page[5] Erik's Twitter ID[6]