Dr. Phil Bartle served in Ghana 1965-67 Podcast #134

*Part 1

Dr. Phil Bartle is an esteemed international development worker and academic who began his international development career in 1965, the year he first went abroad with CUSO. After rgaduating from UBC with a degree in Economics he chose to volunteer in Ghana over joining the Royal Canadian Air Force.

During our conversation he shared with me the many ways in which his service in Ghana shaped the rest of his life academically, professionally and personally. After his first experience in Ghana, Dr. bartle came back and studied economic and anthropology, and then went back to the University of Ghana to complete his PhD. Since then, he worked as an academic in Canada and served with CIDA and the United Nations in several countries including Ethiopia, Uganda, Pakistan, Sommalia and Mozambique. Other insights he shared include how his personal values changed after his intial service in Ghana, and how he advises Canadians to volunteer abroad because not only does the experience open your mind, but it makes you love your country more.

Dr. Bartle, thank you for sharing your story with us and for continuing your international service over the eyars.

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