Volunteer: Alan Yount
Contributions from Alan Yount
Like some Peace Corps Volunteers of an earlier era, my decision to join the Peace Corps was shaped by the events on the ground when I volunteered. In the 1960s, it was the Vietnam War and the draft; the Peace Corps was one way to defer draft eligibility. For me, in the 1980s, it was AIDS; the Peace Corps was my way of avoiding that “war” of my generation, my way of deferring being drafted into the AIDS epidemic. In both cases, volunteers were hoping to avoid death while man...