Archive - January 22, 2012

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Peace Corps Volunteers shouldn't be pulled out of Central America

Peace Corps Volunteers shouldn't be pulled out of Central America

Writing in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, January 20, 2012, PCV Jared Metzker, who is stationed now in Guatemala, said that the Peace Corps should not have pulled out of Central America, saying that the one Volunteer who had been murdered in Guatemala was the first in 40 years. Metzker goes onto write in his op-ed piece,  “The Peace Corps director Aaron Williams decided last month to take a step back from the programs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. He has evacuated all Peace Corps workers from Honduras and is suspending the induction of new volunteers in Guatemala and El Salvador. From my perspective, based on being here, speaking to other volunteers and reading the Guatemalan press every day, these decisions seem unnecessary, even cowardly.” I don’t think  Director Aaron Williams is a coward or afraid to assign PCVs to the “real world.”  Aaron and I were born and raised on the southside of Chicago; we . . .

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