On March 1st, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10924 establishing a new government organization that had three simply stated goals:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Simply stated, but not simply met, these goals remain the same today, and current Volunteers spend their 24 months of service doing their best to figure out how they can be realized in their host communities.
The big three are, well, big, but after nine months in Mongolia I’ve learned that Volunteers should never fail to notice small victories. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading a bit about my work here for the better part of a year now, because I’ve absolutely enjoyed writing about it.