The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
In 1968, my in-laws, Dick and Suzanne Burgart, joined Peace Corps 13 and made their way to Ethiopia. For two-years, they gave of their life, their time and their skills to the people of Ethiopia.
For this final episode of 2011, I chose to be in conversation with Dick Burgart. I’ve been a part of the Burgart family for more that 16 years and this episode marks the first time I’ve had an in-depth conversation with him about his (and my mother-in-law’s) time in Ethiopia.
Enjoy the conversation!
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