As Paraguay III arrived in December 1969, Peace Corps staff greeted and educated new volunteers about the place they would call home for the next two years.
“Arrival of Paraguay III volunteers, Asuncion International Airport, December 1969.”
“Assistant Director Tony Bellotti addressing newly-arrived Paraguay III volunteers in Peace Corps office, Asuncion.”
The previous images, as well as the ones that follow, are part of the Robert Meade collection. As a member of Paraguay II from 1968-1969, Meade travelled throughout Paraguay documenting his experiences. Those images enabled Meade to create a slide show to educate new trainees, as well as others, about Paraguay. Included in his slide show are images of eastern Paraguay, historic sites, Peace Corps activities, and the capital city Asuncion. Meade’s orientation slide show presents unique images of the country and people, and ultimately provides volunteers with an idea of the places and work they might experience. After completing his two-year commitment, Meade continued working as a trainer in Peace Corps training centers located in Escondido, California and Ponce, Puerto Rico. [Note: All image captions were written by Robert Meade.]
“Itinerant vegetable vendor, Asuncion.”
“‘Campo’ about 50 miles east of Asuncion along the main road.”
“Paraguayan girls selling ‘chipa,’ a chewy cheese bread found throughout the country, Eusebio Ayala.”
“Near Colonia Sroessner, far east Paraguay.”
“The Church of San Roque in Caazapa. Caazapa was founded in 1607 as a Franciscan mission. The town’s name means ‘after the forest’ or ‘in the clearing’ in Guarani.”
“Curing yerba mate over a mud over. Mate, an herbal tea, is the favored drink in the Paraguayan countryside.”
To see more images from Paraguay, visit the AU Archives and browse the Robert Meade Collection.