Archive - January 5, 2011

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Where did the Three Goals of the Peace Corps come from?
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Review of Labeled by Mark Salvatore (Paraguay 1989-91)

Where did the Three Goals of the Peace Corps come from?

Scratch any RPCV or PCV and they’ll tell you the three goals of the Peace Corps. While the wording varies from one publication to the next, these are the goals: (1) Contribute to the development of critical countries and regions; (2) Promote international cooperation and goodwill toward the country; (3) Contribute to the education of America and to more intelligent American participation in the world.  Now, those are the stated goals, and I know that they have been tweaked with by staff and PCVs over the last 50 years. For example, “living at the level of the HCNs” is often stated as Goal # 2. But the question is, who came up with these goals and why three? Well, at the famous Mayflower Hotel in the winter months of 1961 when the task force of Shriver/Wofford/Wiggins/Josephson and a handful of others began to draft the proposal to give JFK that would define . . .

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Review of Labeled by Mark Salvatore (Paraguay 1989-91)

Labeled by Mark Salvatore (Paraguay 1989–91) Create Space $9.99 $.99 ebook 231 pages 2010 Reviewed by Sharon Dirlam (Russian Far East 1996-98) HERE IS A COMING-OF-AGE STORY about a boy who doesn’t fit in anywhere and spends most of his time being stoned or drunk or otherwise in a less-than-lucid frame of mind. The rest of his time he spends trying to fit in, or rebelling against society, or berating himself for being inadequate and shy. Vinnie knows he’s smart. He has lots of interesting thoughts wafting through his mind: quotes from worthwhile books, lessons from mythology, memorized comments by admirable people. What he doesn’t have is any idea of what to do with the rest of his life or even with the moment at hand. The war in Vietnam is raging, high school sucks, the girl he likes rejects him. Life isn’t going well at all. People just don’t . . .

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