Making Peace with the World: Photographs of Peace Corps Volunteers

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Winner of the 2011 Peace Corps Writers Award for Photography!

In June 2009, Richard Sitler embarked on an epic journey to document Peace Corps Volunteers serving communities around the world. Over the next two years, Richard would find himself traversing the planet while staying with Peace Corps Volunteers, experiencing their communities and work sites, and documenting what it s like to be a Volunteer in the modern Peace Corps. Richard discovered that the values President Kennedy had imagined for the Peace Corps in his famous 1960 speech at the University of Michigan continue to be evident in the organization today. However, the Volunteer has evolved drastically over the years.

Volunteers today are no longer required to conform to the stereotypical image of young idealists giving up their comfortable lives to live in a grass hut. Rather, Richard discovers Volunteers are using modern technology, such as laptops and cell phones, to not only enrich their experience, but to impact their community as well. He sees how retired professionals bring years of experience and knowledge to their organizations. And how, as it always has been, Volunteers are changing lives while being forever changed themselves.

This is the story of Peace Corps and its Volunteers, fifty years after conception.

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About the Author:

Richard Sitler is an experienced photojournalist who grew up in Knightstown, IN. Sitler is a graduate of Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and has also studied at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

From 2000 to 2002 Sitler took a break from his photojournalism career to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica. Sitler served as an at-risk youth advisor to the Lluidas Vale All Age School.

In 2006 Sitler returned to Jamaica as a Crisis Corps volunteer (now called Peace Corps Response) where he served as a Curriculum Developer for a community youth training center in Ewarton, St. Catherine.

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Richard Sitler has been working on this photo project for years and he has produced a wonderful book. It is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, giving his book as a gift, or keeping it yourself for your coffee table. ---- John Coyne, Editor, Peace Corps Worldwide

Through his photos and accompanying text, Richard Sitler brings us into the lives of today s Volunteers and their host communities, and in the process tells the the quiet but profound story of how the Peace Corps is still making a difference, one person at a time, around the world. --Erica Burman, Editor, Worldview Magazine

Richard's book comes at a perfect time in Peace Corps' incredible history and his keen eye has captured the diverse and amazing spirit of the Peace Corps that lives on fifty years after its founding. I highly recommend Making Peace with the World to anyone who wants to see what Peace Corps means to our host country friends, to us as Volunteers and to the world that we are reaching out to serve everyday. --Travis Hellstrom, Author of The Unofficial Peace Corps Handbook

Through his photos and accompanying text, Richard Sitler brings us into the lives of today s Volunteers and their host communities, and in the process tells the the quiet but profound story of how the Peace Corps is still making a difference, one person at a time, around the world. --Erica Burman, Editor, Worldview Magazine

Richard's book comes at a perfect time in Peace Corps' incredible history and his keen eye has captured the diverse and amazing spirit of the Peace Corps that lives on fifty years after its founding. I highly recommend Making Peace with the World to anyone who wants to see what Peace Corps means to our host country friends, to us as Volunteers and to the world that we are reaching out to serve everyday. --Travis Hellstrom, Author of The Unofficial Peace Corps Handbook

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