Here I post excerpts from Kirk Hackenberg’s A Peace Corps Profile..it is about his experience as a volunteer in the Peace Corps.
Read..and tell me I wasn’t lucky to work with this man….although reading this book is not enough…Kirk himself was a book of endless # of pages.
He added a lot to me…both professionally and personally.
Chapter 7 “Lacking the Social Graces”
…… I was sitting in my room when I heard a commotion across the street and looked out to see what was going on. To my anger I saw her and one of the Nicaraguan engineers that I work with beating her.
I ran across the street and grabbed him by the neck. With my fist raised to give him a pop, I realized there was absolutely no resistance on his part. I was so surprised by this that I didn’t hit him. I think he saw the amount of anger in my face and knew I was capable of anything at that moment. His next response was to tell me that they hit the women in his country and I shouldn’t interfere.
Chapter 13 “Crossing the Boarder”
…… I told her I would walk her and her brother back home. It was then that it hit me like a ton of bricks that I had no idea where that was. We walked, with her leading the way, and when we arrived, I was not prepared for what I saw. Her house was a cardboard box along with many others in an alley of a distant street. Inside were a few tattered clothes and a rag bed. She and her brother went in with their bags of food in hand.
I walked for hours, crying, not knowing what to do or how to help. I would never forget this moment in my life and wondered how much more I would have to see and feel before this was over.
Chapter 21 “A Life Complete”
…… I participated in the launches of Galileo to Jupiter, and the Magellan to Venus. I helped with COLBE, which gave us our first complete images of our own universe. I stood at the space center and saw the day and night launches of the Space Shuttle up close.
I have gone to the top of the Vertical Assembly Building and seen the space shuttle moved to its pad. I went on to help procure the world’s largest robotic machines to fabricate a new space shuttle rocket engine but none of this was as interesting to me as my Peace Corps years.