- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub (July 1 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155369676X
- ISBN-13: 978-1553696766
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
A Peace Corps Profile Paperback – Jul 1 2002
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About the Author
From a very young age the author, Kirk Hackenberg, felt a desire to help those less fortunate. He especially felt a need to help underprivileged children as they are often overlooked in the larger scheme of things. After graduating from college, and feeling the need to make a difference in the world, but having no direction, he found what he was looking for in the Peace Corps. In this fact-filled book he takes you from the sometimes-humorous beginning of learning a foreign language, the heartbreak of realizing he couldn't fix everything, to the triumph of knowing he did make a difference in so many lives. His tender stories of working with the children in these poverty-stricken countries will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings. A devoted husband, and father of two sons, Kirk has had many experiences and lived in many places, but the Peace Corps years was where he "grew up".
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Kirk writes about his time in Nicaragua and Chile. While I enjoyed reading his memoir, I have to say it lacks detail and the structure is too linear. He tends to jump quickly to another topic without a lot of development. I wanted to know what food he ate, what the country people's lives were like among other things and that is rarely included.
I'm glad I read it and feel like I got to know a very unique and admirable individual.
A lot of Peace Corps memoirs are silly and self-indulgent. This is, sadly, the opposite - terse and serious. If I had to choose one book this probably wouldn't be it. I read Moritz Thomsen's Living Poor before I went to S. Korea as a volunteer and recommend it before this good but sparse book.