This book is a detailed account of one man's experiences serving, not one, but two tours in the Peace Corps as a volunteer. He takes you from the beginning of what prompted him to join the Peace Corps and leaves nothing out of the next four years of his service. Being a volunteer in a foreign country, living at the level of those being served, provides a lifetime of experiences wrapped up in a short amount of time. Each day brought new challenges, some humorous, some rather horrific, but life lessons as never predictable. From the jungles of Nicaragua, through the civil war there, to working on the coast of Chile, the author takes you on a journey that will leave you amazed at what one person can do.
From a very young age the author, Kirk Hackenberg, felt a desire to help those less fortunate. He especially felt a need to help underprivileged children as they are often overlooked in the larger scheme of things. After graduating from college, and feeling the need to make a difference in the world, but having no direction, he found what he was looking for in the Peace Corps. In this fact-filled book he takes you from the sometimes-humorous beginning of learning a foreign language, the heartbreak of realizing he couldn't fix everything, to the triumph of knowing he did make a difference in so many lives. His tender stories of working with the children in these poverty-stricken countries will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings. A devoted husband, and father of two sons, Kirk has had many experiences and lived in many places, but the Peace Corps years was where he "grew up".