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Andean Adventures: An Unexpected Search for Meaning, Purpose and Discovery Across Three Countries by [A. J. Alonzo Wind]

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I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much for taking the time to write your life stories. I'm sure it was cathartic and what a wonderful way of stepping back and looking back at the very full life that you have enjoyed! 

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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This book is for the younger generations who have seen their opportunities and futures seized from them by the viral pandemic and virus of racism. It is also for those with children or grandchildren derailed by the disruption and the deformed public discourse.
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.  

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  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 62 ratings

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Allan J. "Alonzo" Wind is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), having worked off and on with the Agency primarily overseas on diplomatic assignments from 1990 to 2019 in the Peru, Nicaragua, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Africa and the Southern Africa Regional Missions. In these roles he provided oversight to U.S. government foreign aid development and humanitarian assistance, and supported U.S. Ambassadors as their senior development officer on multiple U.S. Embassy Country Teams.

He previously worked as the Global Programme Coordinator for the International Save the Children Alliance Secretariat and as a Country Director and Health Sector Coordinator for different nonprofit private voluntary organizations including CARE and PLAN International in a range of countries including Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Wind began his career as a Rural Public Health U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador from 1980-1982, where he was widely known as "Doctor Alonzo." The Alonzo nickname stuck throughout life in many countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

He graduated from the University of Chicago. He is originally a New Yorker, and as a high schooler he was a "subway rat" attending the famous Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. There he studied creative writing for two years with Frank McCourt. He has always been an avid science fiction fan and sometime writer, and notes that writing science fiction and creative writing under Frank was invaluable for future U.S. government work.

He and his wife currently reside in Fairfax County Virginia, while their adult daughter is in Africa on her own adventures. Mr. Wind serves on the Boards of Directors of different non-governmental organizations, including Hunger Relief International, supporting any way he can their efforts with the most needy in Guatemala and Haiti.

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