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Recently, while traveling by train through Wisconsin, I had the good fortune to share a dining table with three young men. After our introductions, I soon learned that the three of them had spent the entire summer at a northern Wisconsin Indian village as part of their training for a fall assignment in the Peace Corps. While I found them to be very enthusiastic about their forthcoming work abroad, I nevertheless wondered afterwards what motivated them, as well as the thousands of others like them, to volunteer for a two-year tour of duty in some far-off land, where a multitude of hardships and challenges would continuously confront them. I also wondered how well they would succeed in representing the United States in the highly vulnerable area of international affairs. It is in Morris I. Stein's book, Volunteers for Peace, that many answers are provided concerning this most important
Saltzman ES. Volunteers for Peace.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(4):514. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730220126018