Why Didn’t You Call? A Peace Corps Panama Exposé
By: Michael Wald
About the Book
This is an account of the promise and failure of the Peace Corps. With a critical eye toward making improvements, Michael Wald takes the reader on a journey through the highs and lows of working in the developing world. Here, he recounts how he worked around flaws in Peace Corps' system to achieve a project that helped thousands of people better their lives in Panama.
For those considering volunteering abroad, this book offers true-to-life portrayals of development work rather than the overly flattering portrayal used to recruit volunteers. If future development professionals and volunteers take Wald’s eye-opening observations to heart, they can start with an accurate view of what they are doing and tweak their efforts to better portray the United States in the eyes of the world.
About the Author
Motivated to improve the lives of others, Michael Wald became a lawyer and worked most of his career as a "people's lawyer," representing the ordinary person, not large corporate interests. He has also served on the board and as an officer of many civic organizations. Wald’s time in Peace Corps was but one of his efforts to make the world a better place
Wald loves travel and has lived in four different foreign destinations, in addition to his years in Panama. He has two fantastic children, three grandchildren, and a wonderful wife and life. He retired to Albuquerque to be near the mountains where he can find solitude, exercise, and admire the famous red-sky sunsets of New Mexico.
(2022, paperback, 184 pages)
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