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Voices from the Peace CorpsFifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers$
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Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129754

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129754.001.0001

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Friends Can Become Family

Friends Can Become Family

(p.227) Chapter 8 Friends Can Become Family
Voices from the Peace Corps

Angene Wilson

Jack Wilson

University Press of Kentucky

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

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