2009.06.15: June 15, 2009: Headlines: COS - India: Fathers: Peace Corps Press Release: David Benson was a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in India from 1963-1965

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David Benson was a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in India from 1963-1965

David Benson was a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in India from 1963-1965

"To my father, the Peace Corps represented an adventure of depth, and the stories he told of his adventures in India were fascinating to me as a kid. Peace Corps, to my dad, was a means to an interesting life, and it became a rite of passage for me. There was never a time in my life when I didn't assume Id join Peace Corps when I could, and my father's stories were a seminal influence. When I went to Nepal in September of 1992, almost exactly 29 years after my father went to India, I felt that I'd arrived."

David Benson was a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in India from 1963-1965

Peace Corps Celebrates Fathers by Honoring Legacies of Volunteerism

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2009 - This Father's Day, the Peace Corps is recognizing all fathers who have supported their Peace Corps Volunteer sons and daughters, and is highlighting returned Peace Corps Volunteer fathers who, through their service, inspired their own children to join the Peace Corps.

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Adrienne Scherger's father, David Benson, had a profound impact on her decision to become a Volunteer. Benson was a former community development Peace Corps Volunteer in India from 1963-1965. "To my father, the Peace Corps represented an adventure of depth, and the stories he told of his adventures in India were fascinating to me as a kid. Peace Corps, to my dad, was a means to an interesting life, and it became a rite of passage for me. There was never a time in my life when I didn't assume Id join Peace Corps when I could, and my father's stories were a seminal influence. When I went to Nepal in September of 1992, almost exactly 29 years after my father went to India, I felt that I'd arrived. My project was TEFL, and my village was in the mountains, not the desert, but I suddenly had this major commonality with my dad. That shared experience made us even closer. Peace Corps changed my father's life. He became a development worker and spent his career in Africa with USAID. It changed my life too, in different ways, and I thank my father for being such an inspiration to me, for giving me the courage to jump into that unknown with nothing but a burning curiosity, a sense of adventure, and a desire to serve."




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