The Peace Corps Experience: Challenge and Change, 1969-1976 by P. David Searles, country director for the Peace Corps in the Philippines

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 2:09 pm: Edit Post

The Peace Corps Experience : Challenge and Change, 1969-1976 by Philippines Country Director P. David Searles



The Peace Corps Experience : Challenge and Change, 1969-1976 by Philippines Country Director P. David Searles

The Peace Corps Experience : Challenge and Change, 1969-1976
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by P. David Searles
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Hardcover - 288 pages (April 1997)
Univ Pr of Kentucky; ISBN: 0813120098 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 9.31 x 6.32
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A former deputy director of the Peace Corps offers both a first-hand look at life in the agency - in the field and at headquarters - and a radical reinterpretation of its history during the Nixon and Ford administrations. By the end of the 1960s, the Peace Corps was in disarray. Debate raged over its effectiveness, and many new volunteers embraced the anti-establishment behavior of the day's youth. When President Nixon appointed Joseph Blatchford as director in 1969, some insiders felt the agency's days were numbered - especially when Blatchford set about re-evaluating the Peace Corps' mission and initiated a program called New Directions to reorient its work. Many observers simply lump Blatchford's efforts with the failures and faults of the Nixon administration. David Searles, however, contends that the new director's initiatives revitalized the Peace Corps and made it more relevant. He relates the history of these policies and their implementation in the field, drawing on his experience as country director for the Peace Corps in the Philippines. He shows how, despite constant carping from veterans of the early Peace Corps and much furor at headquarters, New Directions re-energized the agency and renewed and reaffirmed the Peace Corps' mission.



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By Rachael Richardson (63-227-247-123.bois.qwest.net - 63.227.247.123) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 6:36 pm: Edit Post

Hi, I'm still in high school and i was just curious on the case of your funding. How is that going? You are suffering from lack of funding correct?

By William R. Powell (bzpowell) (68.2.120.176) on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 1:21 pm: Edit Post

Dave was the country director when I was a volunteer in Baguio City from 1971-1975. He was a very able administrator and personable as well.

Wishing him the best

Bill Powell
RPCV Baguio City Community Center
1971-1975

By dave baggott (70.225.171.229) on Saturday, September 05, 2009 - 6:12 pm: Edit Post

I benefited from Dave Searles' leadership as a Country Director, and also had an opportunity to meet him in Washington in '75. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Dave Baggott
South Cotabato 72-73
Davao City 73-75


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