A representative sampling of letters from application to the Peace Corps to the aftermath of service gives a valuable, balanced view of the Corps' activities and the participants' experiences. Comments on the training in Washington, Puerto Rico and in the field; on living abroad (watch out for ""culture shock""); the diary of an English teacher's day in Ethiopia and notes on other days elsewhere are a part of the scene. There is also the description of a plan put into effect in a Chile village to produce and sell vegetables locally, competing with larger, more distant growers, and its side effects. There are social notes from around the world, and, as the corpsmen and women reach the two year mark of service, advice to new colleagues. For the public at large, this offers a genuine understanding of the Corps at a personal level.