Tom is a Texas native growing up in Katy Texas. He doesn’t remember leaving Texas until being at least old enough to buy a beer. He started a career in software development in 2000 but tired of it and joined the Peace Corps in 2007.
After returning in 2009 he continued a career of software development in Austin Texas. His experience as an environment volunteer in the third world has given him a new perspective on humanity.
I think many people feel the Peace Corps is made up of nothing but peacenick hippies who want to escape reality for a few years before joining the corporate grind. While serving in Honduras in 1991 building roads as a solider in the US Army I knew several Peace Corps members.
They lived in tougher conditions then I did, they had no way to defend themselves and were largely on the same mission, to help people in need. My hope is Tom’s experience will expand the listener’s mind today on what service in the Corps is really all about and how valuable it is in helping others and perhaps someday helping us right here at home during hard times.
Join us today as we discuss…
- The three primary objectives of the Peace Corps
- What you get out of serving in the Corps
- Individual skill sets in the third world such as
- Growing rice
- Building clay and mud ovens
- Teaching language skills
- Erosion control
- Raising poultry
- Medical care in absence of doctors
- Building community
- Solar cooking
- Building nurseries for tree cultivation
- The way taxes can begin at a city level almost in an extortionist way
- Theft and punishment thereof in the third world
- Road construction in rural Madagascar (roads are a luxury in the 3rd world)
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