THE PEACE CORPS by Norman M. Lobsenz


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Kudos for the Peace Corps, and if the spirit of '60 seems slightly naive in '68, if the esprit de corps is no longer universal, Mr. Lobsenz' affirmative record may still serve to inspire if not wholly to inform. He covers the selection and assignment process, training (local background, language, vocational adaptation -- not always as thorough as suggested here), and on-the-site specifics: housing, clothing, food. A few representative job descriptions and the illimitable area of community development stand for work done: ""American inventiveness and ingenuity"" are exemplified separately (husking rice by using the husks themselves as fuel, ""Weaving"" walls and roofs of bamboo); so are spectacular successes (chickens in the Punjab, tapestries in the Andes). Briefly, the school-to-school program (and how to initiate), after-hours extras, amusing anecdotes. Only a few quibbles: Johnson rather than Kennedy with Shriver opposite the Corps' kick-off; an American's homemade game boosted over the Guatemalans' sticks and pebbles. No frustrations, resentments, curbs or exclusions but it is fluent and orderly and the many photos bring the circumstances closer. Resembling in these respects Lavine's What Does a Peace Corps Worker Do, this is more extensive and thorough.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Watts