Memoirs capture an individual’s life. For many RPCVs, writing about their life and work in another country provides the best way to educate others.
Rhoda and Earle Brooks, who served in Ecuador from 1962-1964, published the first Peace Corps memoir titled The Barrios of Manta: A Personal Account of the Peace Corps in Ecuador in 1965. Shortly after, Arnold Zeitlin (1961-1963) published To the Peace Corps with Love—a memoir about his service in Ghana. The Barrios of Manta and To the Peace Corps with Love established a precedent for future Peace Corps volunteers.
Upon completing their service abroad, Peace Corps challenges returned volunteers to carry out the organization’s Third Goal. The goal aims to inform Americans about people and cultures around the world. Through education about other nations and their people, the Peace Corps seeks to foster understanding and world peace.
Memoirs provide a platform for sharing one’s experiences and knowledge of their host country with the rest of the US. For more information and an extensive bibliography of published works on the Peace Corps, visit Peace Corps Worldwide.