Peace Corps creates strong international bonds
In 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Since then the organization has sent over 230,000 volunteers to 139 countries, creating international bonds and assisting in development efforts worldwide.
Volunteers function as good neighbors in their host country. I was among the first volunteers fortunate enough to serve in Latin America.
As most volunteers will tell you, I learned much more in my host country than I contributed. I learned to love its people, who were kind and welcoming. I learned to love the Latin American culture with its rich traditions, beautiful landscapes, good food and music. I was treated with respect and kindness at all times. The experience changed my life for the better, and I will never forget it.
President Trump’s executive orders show no interest in establishing good relationships with other countries. He is obsessed with building walls, reducing foreign aid and isolating our own country from the rest of the world. It is sad that he will never realize all that Latin America and the rest of the world have to offer.