[A friend who I served with in Ethiopia (1962-64) sent me this article from the January 3, 1963, The Machinists, a newspaper published by the International Association of Machinists. It is the way that the Peace Corps did recruitment in those early days. Here was an announcement looking for Diesel Mechanics. The contact person at the Peace Corps was Jules Pagano. A few months ago I wrote about Jules as one of the original Mad Men at the agency. Here's the newspaper ad:]
Peace Corps Needs Diesel Mechanics
The Peace Corps is looking for 30 gasoline or diesel engine mechanics to volunteer for a special repairing and maintenance project in Tunisia.
JULES PAGANO of the Peace Corps public affairs office announced recently that volunteers will be assigned to repair shops to maintain trucks, buses, and auto engines and to help train Tunisian mechanics.
The operation is part of a Tunisian Peace Corps project already in progress-maintenance and repair of heavy road building equipment. Here are prerequisites for volunteers as listed by Pagano for THE MACHINIST: Qualifications. Volunteers must have previous experience in repairing and maintaining various types of gas or diesel machines. Graduates of auto mechanic schools, retired mechanics, and graduates of technical schools with training and experience as bus or auto mechanics are eligible. Peace Corps volunteers must be American citizens, 18 years of age and older. Married couples are eligible if both qualify. They cannot have dependent children under the age of 18.
Training. Volunteers will go through a two-to-three month training program in the United States. They will learn some of the language, history, culture and traditions of the country in which they will serve. They will also take refresher courses as mechanics.
Allowances. Volunteers receive $75 a month readjustment allowance, paid at the end of the assignment. They also receive allowances for food, clothing, housing and incidental expenses and 30 days of leave per year. Transportation and medical care are provided.
TUNISIA is an independent country located on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Africa. It is bordered by Algeria and Libya. Training for the project will begin in July. Interested IAM members should make application as volunteers now. Questionnaires are available at any U. S. Employment Security Office or by writing: Jules Pagano, Director, Professional, Technical, Labor Division, Peace Corps, Washington 25, D.C.