The Peace Corps at 50: Looking Back, Looking Ahead


Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm.
The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia, Olympia

TOPIC: The Peace Corps at 50: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Although the number of volunteers serving is the highest that it has been for many years, many people are surprised to hear that the Peace Corps still exists.What has happened during the past 50 years, and where is the Peace Corps headed during the next 50 years? Today there are many governmental and non-governmental opportunities to volunteer overseas.Other countries also send volunteers to other countries.What is the role for volunteers in the world today? What opportunities are available for retired people? These issues and others will be addressed by our distinguished panel of former volunteers.Plenty of time will be available for questions and suggestions from the audience.


Debbie Dohrmann, Thailand 1973-1975, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Secondary Education Program.

Debbie has a B.S. Ed. from the University of Maine. Debbie has been employed since 1993 at South Puget Sound Community College as ESL and US citizenship instructor.

Joshua O’Halloran, Turkmenistan 2008 – 2010, Community Health Educator.
Graduated from Colorado Mountain College in 2005. In Turkmenistan Joshua also organized a baseball league, taught a debate club, and formed English clubs with young adults.

He is currently studying sustainable agriculture at The Evergreen State College.

Dr. Robert A. (Bob) Findlay FAIA. Architect promoting rural school construction in Colombia (63-65) and a PC Responds volunteer doing disaster management assignments in Peru (70), Cook Islands (98), and El Salvador (99).

Emeritus professor of architecture at Iowa State University. Since retiring in Olympia, he was elected to represent the Western States on the National Peace Corps Association Board and handles communications for the Olympia Area Peace Corps Association.

Cliff Moore, Togo, West Africa, 1980 – 1982, integrated rural development volunteer.

After Peace Corps he worked in Sudan, Kenya, Spain and Honduras before returning to the US. He spent 19 years as a professor of Community Education at Washington State University, and since 2009 he has served as the Director of the Thurston County Department of Resource Stewardship.

Peter Reid, President of the Olympia World Affairs Council, will moderate the panel.

He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania from the end of 1964 through the end of 1966.

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