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Gregory John Orr began his international career teaching English in Kyoto, Japan, and later in Benin, West Africa, with the Peace Corps.  While pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at UCLA, he broadened his African experience, first as a Fulbright doctoral researcher in Malawi and then as a USIA English Teaching Specialist in the Cape Verde Islands and South Africa. When he joined the Foreign Service as an English Teaching Officer for USIA in 1987, he reoriented his career focus to Central and Eastern Europe with postings in Budapest, Bratislava, Kiev and Moscow. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 2006, he became involved again with the English Specialist program in Chile and the Republic of Georgia.

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