Archive - September 21, 2012

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Aaron Williams (Dominican Republic 1967-70) Says Goodbye To The Peace Corps. Thank You Aaron!
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Lora Parisien Begin (Tunisia 1989-91) Memoir

Aaron Williams (Dominican Republic 1967-70) Says Goodbye To The Peace Corps. Thank You Aaron!

Aaron Williams (Dominican Republic 1967-70)  left the agency today. It was his last day on the job. He resigned, as he said,  for personal and family reasons. He was the RPCV Director since August of 2009 who traveled a tremendous amount to Peace Corps countries to visit PCVs in the field and his family handled his many trips overseas without complaint.  Aaron came into the agency at a difficult time, and has  (in my opinion) dealt with a number of  White House political appointees who were not RPCVs and did not get what it meant to be a PCV. He overcame their shortcomings and enhanced the Peace Corps. Now he deserves to focus his long and outstanding international career in a new direction. Wherever Aaron went as Director to RPCV reunions  the reports were always positive. RPCVs across the country emailed me to say, “he’s a good guy.” As we know from RPCVS that is high praise.  . . .

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Lora Parisien Begin (Tunisia 1989-91) Memoir

The Measure of a Dream;  A Peace Corps Story by Lora Parisien Begin (Tunisia 1988–91) A Peace Corps Book $16.96 356 pages July 2012 Reviewed by Kitty Thuermer (Mali 1977-79) When I sat down to read Lora Parisien Begin’s charming Peace Corps/Tunisia memoir, The Measure of a Dream, it was all about the misadventures of Bridget Jones in the Casbah — she who tripped her way through the labyrinthian back alleys of Islam — fueled by mint tea and self-deprecating naivite. The soundtrack, of course, was the crackling call to prayer — deafeningly delivered by loudspeaker at 4 a.m. Yet two days into my read, I was shocked to hear the news that all hell had broken loose in her beloved host country. That Tunisia — famous for igniting the flame of the Arab Spring, yes — was now aflame with a darker anti-American purpose, as evidenced by the carcasses of . . .

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