- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Wheatmark (October 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604944579
- ISBN-13: 978-1604944570
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Being First: An informal history of the early Peace Corps Paperback – October 15, 2010
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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.