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Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras by Barbara E. Joe
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Some are funny love the year-old with her pet chicken and some are heart-breaking the funeral for the year-old. I'm a Peace Corps volunteer in Mexico, and I see some of the cultural similarities of the Latin way that are enriching, mystifying and a challenge at times. Joe has enlightened us, her way, in the Honduran way, and I highly recommend this book to those interested in Peace Corps work--and to those who just want a darn good read!!

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As a very long term admirer of The Peace Corps, 50 years in fact Barbara's book brings home to me how very much has been gained in terms of intercultural relationships and good will through the existence of this remarkable institution with a relatively minuscule number of volunteers and a very low budget. The fact that the budget is so low informs all concerned that this is not a charity but a hands-on commitment by the volunteers to teach, inform, assist, demonstrate, encourage, innovate, cooperate, delegate and live with the population they wish to help that they may help themselves.

As seen and told through Barbara's narrative, the experience on both sides creates enduring and endearing positive actions and memories for the betterment of all concerned, in spite of a few rough patches. I know from anecdotal experience that so many returned Peace Corps Volunteers continue on with lives of service; Barbara turns this around by bringing her years of helping others into the Peace Corps. Her perspective as "An Old and Knowing Soul" OAKS certainly gives those of us "of a certain age" encouragement to go out and do what we can by imparting our skills and knowledge to help others sustain themselves One person found this helpful.

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Triumph and Hope shares Peace Corps Honduras with its readers through the lens of experience, vigilance and dedication. I relate to Barbara's story as a former Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. As I read, I relived many of my experiences which I loved so much. Pat Holland Conner,author Doorways to Significance in progress. Gives a good picture of a peace core volunteer work. One also learns a lot about the country of Honduras, its people, and the conditions they are living in.

Filled with a rich cast of interesting characters, this well-written book makes the people of several Honduran towns, and their joys and hardships, really come to life. In describing her Peace Corps experience, the author provides a wealth of valuable insight into the substantial challenges, sacrifices and rewards that come with service work in a developing country. Throughout, the author seems to find the right touch in relating to the rea Triumph and Hope, by Barbara Joe, is an excellent read.

Throughout, the author seems to find the right touch in relating to the reader the variety of complex topics that she was forced to confront as a volunteer. Everything from religion and cultural practices to international politics impinged on her service, and she shares her personal philosophies and approaches without being judgmental or preachy. This book will appeal to those considering Peace Corps or similar volunteer programs, those who have an interest in Latin America or the health service field, or those who simply enjoy learning about the lifestyles of other people and enjoy reading about adventures abroad of which there is no shortage in this book!

He went to school at the St. Joel feels that everyone should be in constant awareness of how fast time passes so that we may live every day with a little more zeal.

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Gwen Kehr hails from the Philadelphia suburbs. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied biological sciences and English writing. While in the Peace Corps she called the southern African country of Lesotho her home and taught high school science and English. Gwen believes in a holistic approach towards education and is excited to teach high school biology in New York City. After graduating from Caltech, she worked for a couple of years before joining the Peace Corps. She was originally nominated to be a science teacher, but ended up invited and serving primarily as a math teacher in Burkina Faso.

Andrea enjoyed teaching math so much that she stayed for a third year! She hopes to continue helping students learn and appreciate math. As the daughter of Italian immigrants settled in Akron, Ohio, Cristina has always valued the importance of education, opportunity, and cultural traditions. During her service, she realized the fulfillment of teaching and the impact of mindful education. Following graduation, Mary went on to serve as an Education volunteer with Peace Corps in the Bicol region of the Philippines.

If there is one thing the world has taught her it is that every human being - of every gender, race, creed, status, and circumstance - has the ability to learn and the right to receive a quality education. Liliana intends to teach English to seventh and eight graders. Having graduated in with a B. As a Peace Corps Fellow, he hopes to begin teaching high school mathematics. Ben hopes to one day create a new model of education that shifts the national paradigm into a new realm of practical holistic life preparation. If he is unable to do that, he hopes to teach a bunch of kids some math.

Being a volunteer has given her a unique take on Bilingual Education, observing and participating in classes taught jointly in Spanish and Maya Kiche. She plans to teach an 4th to 6th grade as a Bilingual Ed teacher. Andrew grew up in Los Angeles, where his Jesuit education and participation in Boy Scouts formed his desire to serve the community. He studied Environmental Science at Berkeley, where he met his wife, Nicole.

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They joined Peace Corps soon after graduating. Andrew served in Mali, West Africa, from to While there, he helped in a number of ways, including teaching biology at the middle school, helping women better produce and market shea butter and garden vegetables, and starting a library. Andrew hopes to put his multicultural and environmental background to good use teaching biology in New York. Josue Daniel Bojorquez was born in a small border town in northern Mexico.

He moved to Gary, Indiana with his family when he was 7. While teaching high school Social Studies, he hopes to provide his students with the opportunity to change their lives through education. Following graduation, she served as a teacher trainer in Samoa and worked on various village projects pertaining to literacy, environmental education, and health education. In New York City, Sally hopes to teach primary special education in a dual language school. A solid cross-cultural education, she believes, is essential in order to foster the development of compassion, empathy, and awareness, thus increasing the potential for cultural harmony.

She believes that education is the starting point and the tipping point in our development as a society and a nation, and is even more convinced of this after her Peace Corps service in a small village in El Salvador. These experiences in the Salvadoran school system have shown her the importance of learning and teaching. Starting in the fall, she will be teaching Bilingual Education in an elementary school setting.

Adam Johnson grew up in the vibrant south side of Minneapolis. His fondness of cultural diversity and equality led him to study Governance, Peace and Justice in Latin America at the University of Minnesota. Adam spent his four years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and Guinea , where he carried out life-skills activities for children living in two protective shelters and taught French, math and science to 28 third graders.

Adam looks forward to getting to know his students, their families and their community as a bilingual education teacher. His experiences in service have taught him that patience and an open mind can help one to help others. Adam believes education must relate curriculum to the experience and culture of learners, fostering individuality and helping learners realize the possibility for greatness is endless.

He continues to work towards the achievement of this realization through developing a pedagogy based on dedication, reflection, and activism.


Dave Lance is originally from Chicago. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in with a degree in journalism. He is looking forward to building on his teaching experience as a high school English teacher in New York City. Langston Hughes' quote "Dig and be dug" best expresses Dave's world view.

After graduating, she moved to Florida, where she taught second grade for two years before joining the Peace Corps with her husband in They both served as education volunteers in Guyana, South America. Jennifer worked with both students and teachers in three primary schools and one secondary school as a literacy advisor. After leaving Guyana in , she took a position with the United Nations Development Program in Chile as an English teacher for students in grades Quinn Riddle is from the sun and palm tree drenched city of Los Angeles, California.

Romania was the home of her Peace Corps service from to and that experience now travels with her wherever she goes. She is excited to be teaching Social Studies to some of New York's finest 8th graders. Her worldview includes all ideas and actions that create less fear, more love, and inspire dreams. She believes that skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing are vital for individuals to grow and effect change in their communities; Kristen is proud to become a part of that process for her students.

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Rachel Alis Sharpstein is from Orlando, Florida. Her goal is to teach second grade in a dual language school. She believes that we are all artists in our own way, and that there is nothing more evocative than creative expression. Michael Simpson grew up in the Caribbean and South Florida, but has lived in Oregon for the past 35 years. After serving in the U. Navy, he received his B. He taught at a high school in Oregon for 3 years prior to enjoying a 25 plus year career in architectural woodworking and custom furniture building and design. He served as an Education Volunteer in Peace Corps Ghana, teaching chemistry and biology at the high school level.

As a Fellow, Michael will be teaching high school chemistry. He is looking forward to the challenges of teaching in an underserved inner-city school and attending graduate school, while being able to draw on the vast resources of the other RPCVs in his cohort. Since he is pursuing teaching as a second career, fulfilling a life-long dream, he is anxious to add to his knowledge of the education process and to build on the classroom skills that he has developed during his 5 years of teaching in West Africa.

He is excited to have the opportunity to teach and to be able to pursue a career, which can have such an impact on the lives of so many young people. He believes that the complex global climate that surrounds us all as we move into the 21st century, challenges teachers to seize the opportunity to nurture and support each student's strengths, diversities, and creative energies. Michael wants to promote a diverse learning environment that taps into every student's unique potential.

As we face an increasingly complex new world vision, he will strive to create a learning environment which gives each student the opportunity to contribute and make a difference, not only in their own lives, but in the lives of everyone on the planet. Jennifer Warren was born and raised in New Jersey and has spent time abroad on 5 different continents. She attended Seton Hall University for undergraduate studies and received a B.

She served in the U. Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small land-locked country in South Africa. She believes that everyone is entitled to a quality education, no matter their socioeconomic background or their strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. Andrea is from Holbrook, New York.

During her time as an undergraduate student, she had the opportunity to teach in Washington D.