October 31, 2005: Headlines: Speaking Out: Development: COS - Congo Kinshasa: First Goal: USA Today: Zaire RPCV Les Everett says Laura Vanderkam's commentary, "Peace Corps needs makeover" misses the point

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Zaire RPCV Les Everett says Laura Vanderkam's commentary, "Peace Corps needs makeover" misses the point

Zaire RPCV Les Everett says Laura Vanderkam's commentary, Peace Corps needs makeover misses the point

Yes, there is a need for a more professional, longer term and paid corps of technically trained people to work in development, such as is provided by some European countries. Many of their ranks would be former Peace Corps volunteers. However, that should be in addition to, not instead of, the Peace Corps.

Zaire RPCV Les Everett says Laura Vanderkam's commentary, "Peace Corps needs makeover" misses the point

Village-level view

Laura Vanderkam's commentary, "Peace Corps needs makeover" misses the point that Peace Corps gives Americans a village-level view of development, a view that is sorely needed in the ranks of policymakers.

Many former Peace Corps volunteers put this education to use in later careers in the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and non-government organizations participating in development.

They also make excellent citizens in the United States, able to relate a gut-level understanding of developing countries to others here.

Yes, there is a need for a more professional, longer term and paid corps of technically trained people to work in development, such as is provided by some European countries. Many of their ranks would be former Peace Corps volunteers.

However, that should be in addition to, not instead of, the Peace Corps.

Les Everett, Peace Corps volunteer Zaire, 1973-75, St. Paul





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