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Andean Adventures: An Unexpected Search for Meaning, Purpose and Discovery Across Three Countries Kindle Edition
Life is all about Surviving the Lessons and Growing from Them.
Shot at, arrested, threatened and endangered - Author Allan J. Wind survived incredible and unexpected dangers as a global humanitarian volunteer and lived to share the powerful lessons he learned on his travels.
If you're struggling to find inspiration and motivation because of the challenging events going on in the world, this book is a reminder that there are many remarkable stories of people out there who do care and whose generosity is changing the world.
Words have power. Let the words of Andean Adventures take you into a world beyond what you may have ever seen and experienced.
From Brooklyn New York to the Andes Mountains, you'll get a front seat to the incredible stories as the author traveled and lived in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.
"Doctor Alonzo" - as he was newly nicknamed - found himself surrounded by indigenous peasant leaders and communities in raucous tribal celebrations, social movements for change, wonders of nature and marvels of human kindness and romance while hitchhiking to the very tip of South America and its glaciers and penguins.
Along the way, there were unexpected dangers - near-death illness in the jungle, getting shot at in a police-military crossfire, an arrest and detention behind bars by an anti-American colonel looking to jail some gringos, tear gas and police truncheons from Nazi-influenced fascists in Chile, terrorist car bombs in Peru and an expulsion order by a drugs & thugs U.S. Ambassador in Bolivia when he got in the way of illicit spying.
"Doctor Alonzo" candidly shares his story of discovery and adventure among the peoples of the Andes. With simple honesty, "Doctor Alonzo" tells the tale of his own enlightenment to inspire others to be of service and for the next generation to dedicate themselves to the principles of working to build a better tomorrow.
Here you will find storytelling interwoven with a memoir of public health, community development service, and spiritual discovery overseas in Peace Corps and nongovernmental organizations and USAID, sharing with self-deprecating humor, his unusual experiences across the Andes and Latin America. Full of anecdotes and some remarkable stories from different South American countries.
You will find as well reflections on the role and place for foreign aid, on religion, and on other topics many of us spend time questioning and dealing with. For some, a provocative discussion and meditation on searching for meaning and purpose after college. A story of successes, failures, redemption, challenges, faith, and perseverance.
Available in ebook, paperback and Audible Audiobook, as well as a Spanish translation edition titled "Aventuras Andinas".
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Your stories are a valuable window into the life and work of a foreign service officer, but also the life and work associated with working with NGOs. Anyone thinking about pursuing these types of careers would benefit from reading your book. I feel that I have a much better sense of what your work is all about.
- Maria Savva, PhD Associate Professor & Program Director, International Studies LaGuardia Community College City University of New York
I have known Allan aka 'Alonzo' since our Peace Corps days together in Ecuador. His adventures bring me back to my days of youthful optimism and the desire to be a true humanitarian. This lovely, amusing and very entertaining story of Allan's Andean Adventures shows the reader the power of compassion, kindness, open mindedness and the importance of being true to oneself and those around us. Allan uses anecdotes and humor to remind us of the importance of understanding, respecting and accepting our cultural differences.
- Rachel Zelon, CEO Hunger Relief InternationalI had no idea, when Allan was driving me around in his Brown Bomber apparently trying to kill us all, that he would find genuine and faith-inspired ways of improving the world for ordinary people. His transformation into Alonzo, an international development activist, stirs the imagination for us, young and old.- Kris Organ, Service Employees International Union Organizer, retired
I had the opportunity to meet Alonzo Wind in action in South Africa and appreciated what USAID under his lead was doing to address HIV AIDS there. This narrative from the beginning of his career is a fun window into his early experiences on another continent. I find inspiring his message about encouraging national service in arenas like the Peace Corps, once it is re-established again. As someone who encourages people to do all they can to promote the social good, this is a rewarding and positive read.- Todd Krim aka "Mr. Charity" President & CEO TKG |THE KRIM GROUP Instagram: @ToddKrim Where Influence Meets Social Good™
¡Felicitaciones! Your book is very well done. A lot of reflecting on the role and structure of foreign assistance, on religion, and on other topics we all spend time questioning and dealing with, and it's good to see that you came out well on all aspects. Having lived in all three of those countries, for a total of 14 years, I enjoyed your anecdotes. They brought back many memories.
- Michael Hirsh, former Peace Corps Country Director. Peace Corps Staff Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Peru
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Words have power. I have some stories to share. My life took a direction I had never anticipated from the start. I served in Peace Corps a full two years thinking that I would return home afterwards. That proved not to be the case.
I saw the most abject poverty and struggled to find ways to grasp how to fight it and how to understand it. I saw plenty of action in decades of service overseas. I was shot at, arrested, threatened with expulsion. I also encountered the most unexpected surprises along the way.I lived and worked almost four decades in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Although I have also seen crushing disappointments, I remain relentlessly and stubbornly optimistic. The rich and enlightening experiences I faced at the first steps of my career helped me shape all that came after.
I want to share these with you, dear reader, in a spirit of fellowship and sincerity. There are lessons and experiences that are informative and instructive. This book represents one important slice of my life story and that of many wonderful people.
Are you considering life options overseas once we get through to the other side of this Coronaverse? Are you interested in finding opportunities for greater meaning and purpose? Are you interested in a story of failure, redemption, challenges, faith and perseverance?The Andean Adventures here are the first which really determined my life. Though I would go on to others, these were formative and decisive.
The Andean countries of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru are not that far from the United States. But they also were and remain a different and unfamiliar world to most. Far less known than our immediate southern neighbors that have been targeted by those more interested in a Wall than a Bridge.
- ASIN : B08GW1C85L
- Publisher : Enable & Ennoble (August 26, 2020)
- Publication date : August 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3802 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 283 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #789,569 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
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A mutual friend of ours whom he mentions as a colleague and mentor in his book, once described Alonzo as a "big soul, whose commitment and determination overcomes difficulties of all kinds." I found this to be true and I can see in his memoirs how he does it and what drives him to excellence. What fascinates me about his story and how he came upon such a significant find, was the messenger or vehicle that took him there. I knew Bruce Fox well and would not have imagined him guiding Alonzo in the way he did. Bruce recently passed away and I am sure he rejoices in his new abode for his friendship with Alonzo whom he assisted in finding gold deep within and mining it without delay. You've got to read this amazing story. It's a story behind the story that reminds us, as Alonzo puts it, "that service to others is not always what we expect, but a chance to find meaning and purpose in life."
Fortunately, the answer is "yes" in both cases. And in telling the story, Alonzo takes the reader into the communities and day-to-day lives that characterized each period of his career. As I read, I found myself visualizing the different people and settings to the point where I could almost taste the dust the trucks kicked up on the dirt roads. And sympathizing with the effort it can take to hang onto idealism as life gets more and more complicated.
Hopefully people considering the Peace Corps or other forms of public service will read this book and find their ways to make the world a better place, one health presentation or committee meeting at a time.
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I will keep adding more notes, but so far I enjoy learning about the author's early life. ...