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close this book Above and beyond
View the document Acknowledgment
View the document Preface
View the document Introduction
close this folder Part one - Seven success stories
View the document Fishing in Sierra Leone
View the document Rooftop gardening in the Dominican republic
View the document Egg production in Papua New Guinea
View the document Enterprise zones in Malawi
View the document Repairing braillwriters Nepal
View the document Organizing a women's conference in Hungary
View the document Learning from legends in Yap
close this folder Part two - A sampling of activities
View the document Appropriate technology & energy
View the document Arts & entertainment
View the document Business
View the document Construction
View the document Environmental education
View the document Health education
View the document Literacy
View the document Recreation for children & youth
View the document Resource centers & libraries
View the document Services for people with special needs
View the document World wise schools (WWS)
View the document Volunteer & vocational training
View the document Working with women
close this folder Part three - Guidelines for success
View the document Starting slowly
View the document Letting the community take the initiative
View the document Relying on local resources
View the document Enjoying the activity
View the document Paying attention to the nuts and bolts
View the document Keeping is simple and flexible
View the document Following up, documenting and sharing your experience
View the document List of acronyms
View the document Bibliography


As a reflection of the Peace Corps experience, this manual is the work of many people. Besides the three of us, at least eight other people - the featured players in our success stories - can be considered co-authors: Stephanie Cox, Del Friedman, Frank Giarrizzo, Phil Bob Hellmich, Jeff Marcove, Nancy Picard, Casey Vanderbeek, and Susan Willett. Without their articles in the Peace Corps Times, or the material they provided us, we would have no Above and Beyond.

In addition, we had the advice of present and former staff in Peace Corps/Washington. An original committee from OTAPS, including Judy Braus, Drew Burnett, Angela Churchill, Barbara Ferris, Phyllis Gestrin, Mary Jo Larson, Paul Vitale and Ben Way, broached the idea of a new manual and suggested its content.

Staff from Peace Corps Partnership, Gifts-in-Kind, World Wise Schools, and Small Project Assistance made their files available to us, and once we started writing, provided editorial help. They also were the source for some of our photographs, but many others came from the Peace Corps Times, The Exchange, and the walls at Agency headquarters, decorated with Peace Corps scenes from around the world.

Our drafts were reviewed by Randy Adams, Betsy Davis, Amy Rule, Gretchen Gindlesperger, Eric Hornberger, Max Koller, Margie Legowski, Maryann Murray, Kathy Rulon, John Shores, Shelley Smith, Jamie Watts, and Alexandra Willson. The issues raised were discussed at an OTAPS forum, chaired by Joy Barrett and attended by staff from the entire Agency. We have tried as much as possible to respond to their combined judgment and incorporate their suggestions in our final draft. We hope we have succeeded.

Throughout, we've benefited from the direction of David Wolfe and the other staff at ICE - Gail Wadsworth, Vernell Womack, and Sheila Wright - and have been helped, too, by Louis Welton, who took our draft in its raw form and produced this manual.

But above all, we owe a debt of gratitude to the many Volunteers whose names we never mentioned but whose stories gave us a foundation to build on. Our thanks and appreciation to all of you.

Judy Benjamin

Barbara Boyd

Kathy Marcove