A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service

Title:
A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service
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Format:
Booklet
USA Price: 
Stock:
In stock
GPO Stock Number:
056-000-00056-9
ISBN:
0-9644472-6-6
Description

Prepared in honor of the 45th anniversary of the Peace Corps, this collection of autobiographical stories by 28 former Peace Corps volunteers recounts the unique experience of being a Peace Corps Volunteer from a first-person perspective.

Compelling, inspiring, sometimes funny, often poignant, these stories represent the breadth of Peace Corps work, the countries it serves, and its Volunteer diversity. Together, the stories reflect the adventure, the cross-cultural exchange, the personal growth, and the deep friendships forged as part of the Peace Corps Volunteers' journey.

A few days after President John F. Kennedy took office, Kennedy asked his brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, to direct a Peace Corps Task Force. The Peace Corps was established by JFK via executive order on March 1, 1961, and Shriver accepted the president's request to officially lead the organization.

The book begins with a Foreword by Peace Corps Director, Gaddi H. Vasquez, that conveys the work of Peace Corps Volunteers and how they exemplify living “a life inspired.” Stories are presented within three themes:

1. Making a difference
2. Life is calling
3. Window to the world

Table of Contents

Foreword: Living a Life Inspired By Gaddi Vasquez

Making a Difference: Where Credit is Due By Karen Schaefer

Finding Meaning in Hair By Andrei Cotton

When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear By Bernadette Zayas Lorenzo

Talking of Trees By Aaron Welch

The Faces of an Acacia Tree By Karin Vermilye

Women Can Learn Things, Too By Amber B. Davis-Collins

The Work Continues By Kelly Daniel

Not A Waste of Time At All By Ronald Venezia

Life is Calling: Renewable Resources: Growing Up With “Sarge” Shriver’s Biggest Fans By Adrienne Benson Scherger

Hope Dies Last By Patrick Burns

Soybean Transformations By John Sheffy

Saying Goodbye By Caroline Chambre

Taking Time By Walter Hawkes

The Importance of Drinking Tea By Jake Jones

Been There, Done That By Stephanie Saltzman

Itam By Jeff Fearnside

America gave me to you By C.D. Glin

Leave Taking By Beth Genovese

Window to the World If There’s Enough for One By Kara Garbe

There is Time By Casey Laycock

¡Que Milagro! By Kerrie A. Resendes

Hummingbirds or Fairies? By Megan Mentrek

Changing Perspectives By Christina Luongo

Different Kinds of Lessons in Moldova By April Simun

Food and Identity in an African Village By Allyson Gardner

Halloween in Tashkent By Ruby Long

The Train Ride Home By Robin Solomon

Saying Goodbye to Patience By Ryan Wells

Becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer

Audience

Peace Corps volunteers, as well as those interested in their work, would enjoy this publication.

Reviews

Goodreads.com - 3.7 Stars
Twenty-eight first-person stories, recount the unique experience of being a Peace Corps Volunteer. Compelling, inspiring, sometimes funny, often poignant, these stories represent the breadth of Peace Corps work, the countries it serves, and its Volunteer diversity. Together, the stories reflect the adventure, the cross-cultural exchange, the personal growth, and the deep friendships forged as part of the Peace Corps Volunteers journey. 

Ryan P. wrote "These stories are simply amazing."

Alyssa wrote "This book made me want to leave with thePeace Corps YESTERDAY..it's awesome!"

Read more reviews for A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service here.

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$8.50
International Price:
$11.90
Publisher:
Peace Corps
Year/Pages:
2006: 181 p.; ill.
Notes:
NB1311
Key Phrases:
  • Biography
  • Peace Corps History
  • Volunteer Work
Weight:
0.5625
Quantity Price:
Discount
Cover:
Paper
Subject Bibliography:
075
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Item available Date:
10/21/2005
Last Status Update:
02/01/2016
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