Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Directors of the Peace Corps: Peace Corps: Director Aaron Williams: Memo to Incoming Director Williams: Motivation

By David Livingston ( on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 2:27 pm: Edit Post

IMO it's important that somehow the idealism of the earliest days of the Peace Corps be regenerated. For example, Group Liberia One consisted of 106 indiduals, 99 of whom served a full two year (or more--several of us extended our tours for some weeks because our replacements were slow in arriving) tour as PCVs, that's a success rate of 93.3%. In contrast, it is my understanding that today fully 50% of PCVs sent abroad fail to complete a full two year tour. If this is correct, that's a very wasteful expenditure of assets.

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