Think again. Alice Carter joined at 86. And this wasn’t her first adventure.
Too Old to Join the Peace Corps?
ALWAYS AN ACTIVIST, ALWAYS ON THE GO
In younger days, Alice got involved in the civil rights movement and protested the Vietnam War. Then she got married, lived in many places, and raised six children. More recently, she was living in Boston, tutoring inner-city kids and helping out with church dinners. But she wanted a change. She also wanted to get away from Boston and winters in the Northeast. A year ago, when Alice found out there’s no age limit for volunteering for the Peace Corps, she applied.
NEW PLACES NEW PEOPLE
In a recent interview with NPR, Alice explained that she has always loved seeing new places and making new friends. She’s certainly done both at the youth center where she works in Rabat, Morocco—her current Peace Corps station. As her work with children in Rabat has grown, Alice feels she has personally grown along with it.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE WORK
While Alice is generally in good health, there is a nearby Peace Corps medical staff available to help her deal with what she calls the “tinkering” her 87-year-old body requires. Her supervisor at the youth center started her working only 4 hours a week, but added more hours as it became clear that she could and wanted to handle them.
WHAT ALICE BRINGS TO THE PEACE CORPS
Alice notes that young people in our culture tend to be competitive. Fortunately, she has outgrown the need to compete, and thinks it must be very restful for her co-workers to work with someone who isn’t trying to be a world beater or to accomplish the impossible.
WHY VOLUNTEER FOR THE PEACE CORPS
Based on her experience, Alice Carter believes that older people can make a real contribution while having pleasant and rewarding experience in the Peace Corps.
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