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  • Peace Corps Worldwide is an online community and resource for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is in no way associated with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

Steven Radelet's (Western Samoa 1981-83) The Great Surge reviewed in WSJ - Posted 4 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

Friday, February 12, 2016 the Wall Street Journal carried a long review by Mark Moyer, visiting scholar at the Foreign Policy Initiative, of  The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World written by Steven Radelet (Western Samoa 1981-83), a former chief economist of AID and now holder of  the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development at Georgetown University, is.. (Read More)

Review of Joe Lurie's (Kenya 1967-70) Perception and Deception - Posted 1 day ago to Peace Corps Writers

Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures Joe Lurie (Kenya 1967–70) Cultural Detective 180 pages 2015 $12.95 (paperback), $7.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Patricia S. Taylor Edmisten (Peru 1962–64) • After completing my Peace Corps years in Peru and earning a graduate degree, I married, left my home-town of Milwaukee for New York City, and took up residence in a.. (Read More)

Cold Hand of History, The Peace Corps 10 Final Blog - Posted 2 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Gary May's chapter on the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, the final essay in this collection about JFK's foreign policies, was also meant to "tell the story of the Peace Corps world wide" and it summed up with two final points. May writes:  "Despite their difficulties, the volunteers considered their Peace Corps service personally invaluable." He quotes Carol Miller Reynolds, "I still think the Peace Corps is one of the most valuable forms of foreign aid, despite its.. (Read More)

Cold Hand of History, The Peace Corps Part 9 - Posted 3 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Ethiopia I Volunteers were as hard on each other as they were on the Ethiopians. At the Completion of Service Conference the Final Report filed in the Peace Corps Office read: "Many (PCVs) spoke openly about volunteers who they thought should have been sent home: the males who lived with prostitutes; the woman who was "obviously mentally disturbed; the "opportunist" who was unable to teach so was given a sinecure in the Ministry of Education... (Read More)

Museum of the Peace Corps Experience in Portland, Oregon - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

The National Peace Corps Association's highlighted group for the month of February is Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience. This is how the group is described: "Bringing the world home and sharing the Peace Corps experience comes in many shapes and forms. In the northwest corner of the United States, a small yet mighty group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) is focusing on presenting the Peace Corps to thousands by having a.. (Read More)

Cold Hand of History, The Peace Corps Part 8 - Posted 4 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

The end of the Ethiopia 1 tour began with the Completion of Service Conference in April, 1964. The conference was conducted by Dr. Joseph English, chief Peace Corps Psychiatrist, and Jane Campbell of the Division of Volunteer Support. (Jane the following year would return to Ethiopia as an APCD.) May reports in his article that at the time the PCVs were uncertain about their future careers. He quotes John Rex writing to his parents in early.. (Read More)

Me, Myself and Memory - Posted 5 days ago to Introduced Species

A former Peace Corps colleague sent me the photo of a group of us on the beach in Cartagena, Colombia. There’s no doubt that the young, thin woman stretched out on the sand is me. But I have no recollection of that day trip to Cartagena fifty years ago. It’s as if I lost that day of my life. [caption id="attachment_289" align="alignright" width="315" caption="Cartagena 1965 (I'm second from.. (Read More)

Cold Hand of History, The Peace Corps Part 7 - Posted 5 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

This essay on the Peace Corps is entitled, "Passing the Torch and Lighting Fires: The Peace Corps." And as I said it was written by Gary May. The essay is based on interviews he had with Ethiopian PCVs in the 1980s, as well as one Evaluation Report and a Close of Service report done in 1964. It is the last chapter in a scholar text entitled, Kennedy's Quest For Victory: American Foreign Policy, 1961-63, published.. (Read More)

Frank Mankiewicz's (Staff 1961-65, DC & CD Peru) So As I Was Saying My Somewhat Eventful Life - Posted 5 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

This February 16th Thomas Dunne Books will publish the memoir of the late Frank Mankiewicz, So As I Was Saying . . .: My Somewhat Eventful Life, written by Frank and Joel Swerdlow. The book tells the story of one of the very early Peace Corps staff members, the first CD in Peru, and later Latin America Regional Director who later went on to.. (Read More)

New books by Peace Corps writers — January 2016 - Posted 6 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

To purchase any of these books from, click on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small .. (Read More)