A couple of years ago I started a program to try to get rock-star tech and design people to take a year off and work in the one environment that represents pretty much everything they're supposed to hate -- government. It's called Code for America, and it's a little bit like a Peace Corps for geeks.
In the tech industry, college dropouts are legendary for eschewing education and founding billion-dollar companies. Not-as-famous but just-as-important are the college graduates that critically support these visionary founders.
In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy posed a challenge to Americans: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Just a few weeks later the Kennedy administration provided a vehicle for young Americans to undertake that challenge.
Those who were not there in the 60s and 70s, when Sargent Shriver was well known as an extraordinary member of an extraordinary family, should be duly impressed by the stories they are now hearing about his dynamic role in launching and leading both the Peace Corps, proposed by President Kennedy, and then President Johnson's War on Poverty.
You're in a country where everything feels different. The food isn't what you're used to; the people don't make sense. It's sensory overload and you're bewildered by all the things around you -- the language, the music, the faces, the smells.
Dear Annie: I hope you can settle an argument. My parents are saying that with my college major (English), it will probably be hard for me to find a job when I graduate next spring. They want me to go straight to grad school and get a master's degree, which they say will make me more "marketable." (They are willing to foot the bill, which I do appreciate.)
I know it's called "Father's Day," not "Stepfather's Day." But not all fathers are fathers, biologically speaking. And on Father's Day, we also should celebrate their efforts, thankless as they may be.
The idea of volunteering away from home seems like a win-win to many travelers: a way to experience and help another community at the same time. But without a solid, well-designed program and reasonable expectations, volunteer travel can do more harm than good.
After a year with the Peace Corps in Kenya, husband and wife team Kevin Ward and Renice Jones returned to the U.S. with a business idea: import Kenyan crafts and provide artisans with an affluent new market for their wares.
An American woman who was trampled to death by an elephant in Kenya, where she lived with her family, was a librarian who was determined to see that schools and libraries be built in poor villages, a former boss said Wednesday.
Whether hungry for love, adventure, fun or food, readers on your holiday gift list can get their fill from a variety of travel books this holiday season. Here's a sampling of six dishes from the buffet.
Dear Annie: Call me an old hippie (I served in the Peace Corps in the late '60s), but I've always wished I could find a job that would let me make a decent living while also doing some real good for someone.
Many college graduates are struggling with heavy student loan debt and steep monthly payments that limit their professional options. But for some, choosing the career of their dreams could actually lift that burden.
Bolivia President Evo Morales declared a U.S. diplomat "undesirable" Monday amid allegations that the United States asked a visiting scholar and Peace Corps volunteers to keep tabs on Cubans and Venezuelans in Bolivia.
An American diplomat working toward restoring peace in war-torn Sudan was shot and killed along with his driver early Tuesday as he headed home from a New Year's party in the Sudanese capital, his family said.