Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wise Guys Retreat


This is a view from our hotel where we stayed for the "Wise Guys" Retreat. Nine of the 12 volunteers in Thailand that are over 50 attended.
Peace Corps has started a "50+ Initiative" to attract more "baby boomers" into the Peace Corps. We met with a representative from the main office in Washington DC and gave him our views on the changes Peace Corps can make to attract more "wise guys" as well as suggestions that would help adapt procedures and practices to accommodate them. Currently, only 5% of Peace Corps Volunteers are over 50, yet they represent nearly 40% of all adults in the U.S. "Baby Boomers" have a lot to offer due to their skills and experiences and are highly respected in many countries served by the Peace Corps. Peace Corps is an excellent avenue to serve humanity and the 50+ group has much to offer. Thailand is one of 10 countries that has been targeted to begin the "50+ Initiative".

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2 Comments:

At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MJ says: Good for you! Great idea!

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger lindsayallbaugh said...

You guys are perfect for that initiative! How exciting to be involved in that...Keep us updated!

 

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