In order to heal America's reputation in the world and better tackle emerging global crises, we need the Peace Corps to be bigger, better, bolder and more diverse. What better time to reinvigorate the Peace Corps than as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month?
Like many thousands of former volunteers, I am forever indebted to President Kennedy and his vision of a "peace corps of talented men and women" -- a vision to which I owe my family and my career. Even so, is fifty years of Peace Corps enough?
It seems when some people hear I have a cell phone it discredits the vision of "the Peace Corps experience," but I hope to show that most volunteers today are still near equal footing with the people of their community.
In most jobs there's a learning process for everyone. Taking the time to discover the systems in place and proving what you can do has its ups and downs. After that initial phase is over, it's time to get to work.
Apparently, like the fated flight I couldn't make in the airport, Peace Corps opens positions to more people than they have posts. In this case, everyone made it before us, so we were going on standby!