A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service
- Binding: Paperback
- Published: 2005-12-31
- Edition: 0
Prepared in honor of the 45th anniversary of the Peace Corps, this collection of autobiographical reminiscences by 28 former Peace Corps volunteers recount the unique experience of being a Peace Corps Volunteer from a first-person perspective.
Compelling, inspiring, sometimes funny, often poignant, these stories represent the breadth of Peace Corps work, the countries it serves, and its Volunteer diversity. Together, the stories reflect the adventure, the cross-cultural exchange, the personal growth, and the deep friendships forged as part of the Peace Corps Volunteers journey.
A few days after President John F. Kennedy took office, Kennedy asked his brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, to direct a Peace Corps Task Force. The Peace Corps was established by JFK via executive order on March 1, 1961, and Shriver accepted the president's request to officially lead the organization.
The book begins with a Foreword by Peace Corps Director, Gaddi H. Vasquez, that conveys the work of Peace Corps Volunteers and how they exemplify living “a life inspired.” Stories are presented within three themes:
1. Making a difference
2. Life is calling
3. Window to the world