Friends Can Become Family

Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson

in Voices from the Peace Corps

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129754
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135687 | DOI:
Friends Can Become Family

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The stories that the Peace Corp volunteers tell are often people centered since they have come to know various people and learned from them during their service. Also, they have learned how to care about those people. As such, one of the basic aims of the Peace Corps ethos is to foster the development of friendships. These friends may be students, mentors, and peers. As Philip Curd asserted, there was a “sense of kinship, a lack of any ulterior motive or commercial advantage or political agenda.” Aside from the people of the host country, volunteers also foster special bonds with other volunteers developed during the training process and through various in-country experiences. This chapter shows how country groups often hold regular reunions and how friends may be able to perceive each other almost as family.

Keywords: friends; family; host country; volunteer; special bonds; kinship

Chapter.  8745 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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