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Abolishing the Peace Corps would be a mistake

Mar 01, 2021 - Chicago Tribune

"Why should you, a white woman, go work in Africa?"

The question was from an African American newsroom colleague, and it knocked me back. It was the late-1990s, and I had just announced that I was joining the Peace Corps, assigned to a remote public health post in Zambia, in southern Africa.

I'd applied to the Peace Corps primarily to set aside my journalist's notebook and experience life beyond my own bubble, to better understand the world by immersing myself in hands-on work. I lik...