The story takes place in the late 1970s when the author was in his early 20s as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the rural mountains of Honduras. The book was made possible by writing weekly letters to his Montana girlfriend during their long-distance relationship. The book is, first and foremost, a love story about two young people trying to make love stay.
It is also about the life and death struggles of the poor campesinos, as well as the Peace Corps volunteers, trying to survive and make a difference. The people and situations described in the book are real and authentic. It describes the unique, and in some cases, bizarre events and politics surrounding life in one of the world’s poorest countries. It goes on to cover a three-month odyssey to South America involving encounters with the Maya and Inca peoples engaged in the same travel through life by chicken buses, trains, and vintage automobiles.
It was the ’70s and they were some pretty crazy times and volunteers from that era all shared similar whacky ideas and perspectives on life and death in a developing country. It was also a simpler time before cell phones, the internet, and social media. The book will undoubtedly jog some gray matter memories of other Peace Corps experiences and will likely encourage others to write up their own collection of letters and journals from those early and formative years.
$20 of the purchase price for the book is being given to Amigos de Honduras, an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association, incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Washington.
Letters from Peace Corps, Honduras
by R. Scott Berg (Honduras 1976-79)
To purchase, send $40 to:
95174 Cook Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034