Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Being First: An informal history of the early Peace Corps Paperback – October 15, 2010
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
About the Author
George C. Enders, PhD, is the Director of Medical Education adn Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Top Customer Reviews
I found his reporting of his experiences with the villagers to be somewhat bureaucratic, arms length, maybe impersonal or aloof ??
Why do I say this? Because I became a Peace Corps volunteer in 1966. I say this when I compare my own two years experience with Bob's. I did live among a different tribe than did Bob.
I found the Ghanaian villagers engaging. Resourceful. And surprisingly happy, despite their outward economic circumstance.
I made many good friends. And, I found it difficult to say good bye, when my tour ended in 1968.
Ironically, as director of the Ghana Peace Corps, Bob was outstanding. He respected each volunteer as a creative individual. In his administrative role, Bob happily offered so much support and encouragement and creative suggestions to the Volunteers.
Bob was a natural fit for the times and his role.
You may find that Bob's historical details provide a fascinating and rare look into the early days when U.S. Peace Corps policy still involved a lot of experimenting. The U.S. Peace Corps "mission" advanced slowly through its early birthing years.
It was a wonderful time. No cell phones. No internet. No computers. Snail mail between Ghana and the United States required 4 to 6 weeks -- one way.
The majority of Ghanaians lived in small villages. Local Messages were sent between the villages by the "talking drum." And no Ghanaian had ever seen a McDonald's, a Pizza Hut, or a Kentucky Fried. As volunteers, we ate the native foods. We lived and played in the same manner as the villagers.
In short, it truly was another world -- in another time and place.
How quickly those changes have come.