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  • Genre:TRAVEL
  • SubGenre:South America / Brazil
  • Language:English
  • Pages:156
  • Paperback ISBN:9781682227145

The Reluctant Volunteer

My Unforgettable Journey With the Peace Corps in Brazil

by Peggy Constantine

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Peggy lies to her boyfriend and says she would love to join him in the Peace Corps. They marry, and soon their situation seems like a recipe for disaster. Overwhelmed by depression, culture shock, and homesickness, Peggy is torn between her love for her husband and her longing to leave training and return home. Chances are the marriage will not survive her unhappiness and his determination to remain in Brazil at all costs. What happens next surprises both of them, as they brave physical and emotional challenges in the process of becoming successful volunteers. Along the way, they make friends and experience situations that will resonate with them for the rest of their lives. Full of vivid character sketches and powerful images, The Reluctant Volunteer is ultimately a story of personal growth and the power of love.
Peggy and her husband, Tim, enter Peace Corps training three weeks after their marriage. Peggy is immediately thrown into a state of depression and homesickness that only worsens as time goes on. Once in Brazil, culture shock exacerbates the situation. The outlook for the marriage and their Peace Corps service is grim until something unexpected happens.
About the author
Peggy Constantine is a retired elementary school teacher, a college instructor, and a published essayist. She is a member of the Claremont Forum Writers' Group in Claremont, California. Peggy and her husband, Tim, live in Claremont.
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