November 15, 2006 Wednesday 3PM CT
People in Wisconsin volunteer for the Peace Corps more than in any other state. This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca welcomes Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison to share their stories of humanitarian work and the much anticipated, recently released 2007 Peace Corps Calendar.
- Greg Pepping, University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Peace Corps Representative
- Laura Buchs, President of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison
- Adele 11/18/06: "My husband and I are returned volunteers from Cameroon (1962-5) and I had a story to share with you. We were married on Jan 21, 1961, the day John Kennedy was inauguarated as president. As I was dressing to go to the church that afternoon, I heard him speak and was moved about his proposals to send young Americans to the developing world. My husband-to-be heard the same words by the new president as he prepared for our marriage at a separate location. We had no time to speak to each other until well after the ceremony, but when we had time to share our thoughts, a decision was made that we would make an application to join this exciting new program. The bureaucracy moved slowly, but a year later we were selected to join a group of teachers going to Cameroon where we stayed three happy years. We have often wondered how many folks make such a life-changing decision on the day they are married. Thanks for such a wonderful program (among many others we also enjoy on WPR). You are right about the Wisconsin connection to the Peace Corps. We are both U. of W. graduates."