Many of STS’s staff and board members got their start in international development as Peace Corps Volunteers. This week we join with all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Peace Corps Week to celebrate and reflect on all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad.
“When I joined Peace Corps in 1983, I was willing to do anything: build houses, dig ditches. Instead, Peace Corps asked me to teach English in the Central African Republic. I remember my first day of teaching. I was stunned. One hundred students were jammed into the room (some climbing through the windows), eager to learn from me! By the time my two years were up, I wasn’t a great teacher, but I was hooked. I loved what education could do to build people’s futures, and was enamored of this thing called international development. Thirty-five years later, I am still working with children and their teachers throughout Africa and the developing world—now more as a technician than as a teacher, but with the same conviction that education can change lives. It changed mine!” – STS’s President and Co-Founder, Mark Lynd