Interview with Elizabeth Andrews – Habitat for Humanity Team Leader

  Elizabeth Andrews is an anthropologist by education and profession.  She worked as an anthropologist for many years for the State of Alaska.  In 2002 Elizabeth was inspired to volunteer internationally with Habitat for Humanity.  She is now a Team Leader and will be leading teams to Kyrgyzstan and Guatemala later this year.  Elizabeth discusses …

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An Interview with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Gregory Hubbs, Editor-in-Chief of Transitions Abroad and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.  Hessler-Radelet has made some major and positive changes to Peace Corps during her tenure.  Among other changes, she has shortened the time it takes to process applications and put an emphasis on recruiting volunteers over the …

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An Interview with Nicholas Kristof

I recently interviewed, Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Op-Ed columnist via email.  The interview appeared in Transitions Abroad.  Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have written an excellent book, A Path Appears, about, as the sub-title says, “Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity”. The book discusses how important small donations of time and money are to successful individual and …

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Over 70 and Traveling the World – An Inspirational Interview

An interview with husband and wife Don and Alison, ages 70 and 63 respectively, who are traveling the world. Nomadic Matt talks with this inspirational couple who made the decision to sell their condo and “have a life”. http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/don-alison-success-story/

Michael J. Rosenkrantz Interview

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M._Rosenkrantz_at_festival-smallMichael J. Rosenkrantz is currently in India working with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a Fundraising Advisor/Organizational Capacity Builder.  Mike’s first connection with India goes back to his days at Northeastern University when he befriended a fellow student from that country.   In 2008,  Mike, while searching for international  volunteer opportunities,  found VSO on this website and began his volunteer journey.  Mike is 55 and the father of two children.  Daniel, 26, lives on an ashram in California and is becoming a monk and Sarah, 22, is married to Ricardo who is from Brazil.  Sarah is a musician, dancer and actor    Formerly  Director of Alliance for Living, an HIV/AIDS service organization in Connecticut, Mike loves basketball.  He is a coach at the Delhi YMCA.  Mike also invites readers to become his friend on Facebook and see the photos of his India experiences.

Brad Nahill Interview

Brad Nahill, co-founder of SEEtheWILD, has spent many years working in wildlife conservation and ecotourism.  Prior to co-finding SEEtheWILD.org Brad was a co- founder of SEE Turtles (SeeTurtles.org) an ecotourism and volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and protecting sea turtles.  Brad has also worked as a consultant in the ecotourism industry. He helped found the EcoTeach Foundation and worked with Rare on a project building community-based ecotourism enterprises in World Heritage sites.  

John Dwyer of Over50andOverseas.com recently interviewed Brad Nahill and discussed the background and concepts of SEEtheWILD.org and the volunteer opportunities offered by the organization.

John:   The SEE Turtles organization (SEEturtles.org) that you and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols formed in 2007 to combine sea turtle conservation, ecotourism and environmental education has been very successful.  How did that experience serve as a springboard for SEEtheWILD?

 

Bonnie Lee Black Interview

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bonnieleeblack1tBonnie Lee Black decided to join the Peace Corps at the age of 50 in 1995. In 1996 she was posted to Gabon in Central Africa as a health and nutrition volunteer.   Bonnie was a caterer and food writer in New York prior to her Peace Corps service. Bonnie’s engrossing and practical memoir of her experiences in Gabon, How to Cook a Crocodile: A Memoir with Recipes , was recently published by the new imprint, Peace Corps Writers.

Bonnie Lee Black is a graduate of Columbia University and has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She currently teaches English and creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Mexico in Taos.

John Dwyer of Over50andOverseas.com recently interviewed Bonnie and discussed her memoir.

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John: Your new book How to Cook a Crocodile is a fascinating literary travel narrative and, as described in the subtitle, A Memoir with Recipes.  It is also an inspirational story of how to adapt and survive anywhere in the world.  What inspired you to write the book?

Bonnie: Well, as a writer, I feel I must share my experiences the best way I know how, through the written word.  Two classic books especially inspired the theme and structure of my How to Cook a Crocodile – M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf and Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa.  I like to think of my new book as “the wild grandchild” of these two well known and well loved books by wonderful women writers.

John: Your book is about your two-year Peace Corps service as a health volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa, when you were in your early 50s.  What made you join the Peace Corps at 50?