To Benin and Back: Short Stories, Essays, and Reflections about Life in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and the Subsequent Readjustment Process.

To Benin and Back Short Stories Essays and Reflections about Life in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and the Subsequent Readjustment Process Just out of college seeking the adventure of his life and an opportunity to do good Chris Starace joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Benin West Africa for two years from to The challen

  • Title: To Benin and Back: Short Stories, Essays, and Reflections about Life in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and the Subsequent Readjustment Process.
  • Author: Chris Starace
  • ISBN: 9781462046218
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just out of college seeking the adventure of his life and an opportunity to do good, Chris Starace joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Benin, West Africa for two years from 1995 to 1997 The challenge was great, and he was pushed to the limit in adapting to a starkly different culture while living on a meager 6 a day He made many discoveries about himself, as well asJust out of college seeking the adventure of his life and an opportunity to do good, Chris Starace joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Benin, West Africa for two years from 1995 to 1997 The challenge was great, and he was pushed to the limit in adapting to a starkly different culture while living on a meager 6 a day He made many discoveries about himself, as well as an exotic land Delving into the culture and creating strong relationships with the people led him to appreciate numerous aspects of Benin, while many outsiders are unable to see past its shortcomings To Benin and Back recounts a variety of unique experiences from an insider s perspective such as living in a remote village, exploring the regional market, harrowing bush taxi rides, odd encounters with Voodoo, having a strange illness diagnosed by a very imaginative traditional healer, being stuck in a sandstorm in the Sahara desert, and humorous anecdotes about adapting to the Beninese culture, insects, snakes, domestic animals and children When he returned to the United States, he was forced to reevaluate his own culture while dealing with severe reverse culture shock Traveling back to Benin seven years later allowed him relive, reexamine and assess his long term contribution.

    One thought on “To Benin and Back: Short Stories, Essays, and Reflections about Life in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and the Subsequent Readjustment Process.”

    1. There are many things to like about this book. Granted, it has a few flaws, but they are minor and certainly don't detract from the enjoyment and enlightenment one gets from following the author through his two years as a Peace Corps member in the West African country of Benin. Fresh from college and wanting adventure that also would make a difference in the world, Chris Starace joined the Peace Corps. This book evolved from his extensive journal entries and will provide readers with an excellen [...]

    2. Quote:"Great stories and detail about a fascinating country from a unique perspective. It provides a fresh look at a West African country and the Peace Corps experience. The book made me see my own culture in a new light." – Dan Florin. Note from the Author:As soon as I arrived in Benin, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer in October 1995, I knew that I had to share my experiences with others because Benin is such a fascinating place. I worked in fits and starts over the last 14 years glean [...]

    3. I won this book from the giveaway and I am very pleased with the book! The book gives wonderful insight on many things you never even imagined happened or could happen in this world. The experiences which are described are told in such a way that you can completely imagine being in the situation. This book taught me a lot about a different culture! I am very pleased at winning this book! Thank you!

    4. A wonderful, account of life in Benin as a Peace Corp volunteer. Mr. Starace has wonderful insight and tells his tales with a deep understanding a humor. He does a good job of putting his experiences into the context of a young American and reflects on the differences in the two worlds that he calls home. I throughly enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud at times and couldn't put it down.

    5. It's a good read but not something I'm really into. I just can't get connected. I have a friend who might like it.

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