Peace Corps in Panama: Fifty Years – Many Voices

Peace Corps in Panama -  Fifty Years, Many Voices

Peace Corps in Panama: Fifty Years, Many Voices brings together the collective humor, heartbreak, and wisdom of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers across five decades of service. This inspirational book commemorates the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps in Panama. More than 30 authors and poets reflect on their overseas experience and how it changed their lives. Their voices will speak to Peace Corps Volunteers of any generation, their families, and friends. A must-read for all who have dreamed of international service.

Meredith Cornett is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of a Career Development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, which is funded in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature; and The McKnight Foundation.


  • Bonnie Ulrich says:

    I just received the book and began reading immediately. The stories that described the time just before Peace Corps was asked to leave are dramatic and sometimes harrowing.
    All who have returned write about being welcomed as if they had never left. This echoes my own experience exactly!

    • mc_admin says:

      Bonnie, your story is so beautiful! Thank you for letting me include it. Can’t wait to meet you and your “Peace Corps Baby” (now 46!) in a few weeks.

  • Steven Orr says:

    Meredith has done a yeoman job of putting together this book. As a contributor, I am pleased and proud to be included.

    • mc_admin says:

      Steve , thank you so much for the kind words! Your story about Emilio José Batista was a wonderful addition to the collection. So much important history in the personal story of one man. I was honored to be able to include it in the collection.

  • Jerry Lutes says:

    Congratulations on an outstanding book, and an outstanding event at the reunion in Panama. I read the book in its entirety and then passed in on to my wife, who was a volunteer in Kenya. She finished it promptly, so that when she met Mary Ann Ryser Fox in Bocas, she already knew Mary Ann’s story.

  • I loved writing for this book and love reading the other stories even more. It is a great testament to Peace Corps and Panama, as well as being both entertaining and educational.

  • Meredith Cornett says:

    Thank you, Flo! It has been such fun working on this project with you. AND so excited to see your Foreword in print for Heart of Palms! Won’t be long now.

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