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Interview with Mark Horoszowski of Moving Worlds

Mark Horoszowski and his co-founder, while traveling and volunteering internationally, found a need for an organization that matched volunteer skills with international groups that needed those skills.  And so Moving Worlds was born.  I recently spoke with Mark about Moving Worlds and its unique mission in the world of international volunteering. John: How does MovingWorlds […]

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Interview with Kristin Johnson of Women in Progress

Kristin Johnson and Renae Adam served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana from 1992 to 1995. While serving in nearby villages they collaborated on projects helping to empower women.  Kristin and Renae returned home after their Peace Corps service but their love of Ghana and its people never left them.  They were particularly impressed by […]

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Michael J. Rosenkrantz Interview

M._Rosenkrantz_at_festival-smallMichael J. Rosenkrantz is currently in India working with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a Fundraising Advisor/Organizational Capacity Builder.  Mike’s first connection with India goes back to his days at Northeastern University when he befriended a fellow student from that country.   In 2008,  Mike, while searching for international  volunteer opportunities,  found VSO on this website and began his volunteer journey.  Mike is 55 and the father of two children.  Daniel, 26, lives on an ashram in California and is becoming a monk and Sarah, 22, is married to Ricardo who is from Brazil.  Sarah is a musician, dancer and actor    Formerly  Director of Alliance for Living, an HIV/AIDS service organization in Connecticut, Mike loves basketball.  He is a coach at the Delhi YMCA.  Mike also invites readers to become his friend on Facebook and see the photos of his India experiences.

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Brad Nahill Interview

Brad Nahill, co-founder of SEEtheWILD, has spent many years working in wildlife conservation and ecotourism.  Prior to co-finding Brad was a co- founder of SEE Turtles ( an ecotourism and volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and protecting sea turtles.  Brad has also worked as a consultant in the ecotourism industry. He helped found the EcoTeach Foundation and worked with Rare on a project building community-based ecotourism enterprises in World Heritage sites.  

John Dwyer of recently interviewed Brad Nahill and discussed the background and concepts of and the volunteer opportunities offered by the organization.

John:   The SEE Turtles organization ( that you and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols formed in 2007 to combine sea turtle conservation, ecotourism and environmental education has been very successful.  How did that experience serve as a springboard for SEEtheWILD?


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Bonnie Lee Black Interview

bonnieleeblack1tBonnie Lee Black decided to join the Peace Corps at the age of 50 in 1995. In 1996 she was posted to Gabon in Central Africa as a health and nutrition volunteer.   Bonnie was a caterer and food writer in New York prior to her Peace Corps service. Bonnie’s engrossing and practical memoir of her experiences in Gabon, How to Cook a Crocodile: A Memoir with Recipes , was recently published by the new imprint, Peace Corps Writers.

Bonnie Lee Black is a graduate of Columbia University and has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She currently teaches English and creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Mexico in Taos.

John Dwyer of recently interviewed Bonnie and discussed her memoir.

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John: Your new book How to Cook a Crocodile is a fascinating literary travel narrative and, as described in the subtitle, A Memoir with Recipes.  It is also an inspirational story of how to adapt and survive anywhere in the world.  What inspired you to write the book?

Bonnie: Well, as a writer, I feel I must share my experiences the best way I know how, through the written word.  Two classic books especially inspired the theme and structure of my How to Cook a Crocodile – M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf and Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa.  I like to think of my new book as “the wild grandchild” of these two well known and well loved books by wonderful women writers.

John: Your book is about your two-year Peace Corps service as a health volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa, when you were in your early 50s.  What made you join the Peace Corps at 50?

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Lawrence Siddall Interview

Lawrence Siddall, a retired psychotherapist, volunteered to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1997 at the age of sixty-seven. He served as a teacher of English in Poland. His excellent book, “Two Years in Poland and Other Stories”, vividly describes the training he received, his adjustment to his assignment in Poland, and his interaction with fellow volunteers and the Polish people. Incorporated into the book are delightful and interesting flashbacks, among which is his account of a fascinating trip that he and an army buddy took in 1956, driving in a VW Beetle from Europe through the Middle East to India.

Lawrence Siddall’s book may be purchased at his website: or and
I interviewed Lawrence in September 2008.

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Muriel Horacek Interview

I first met Muriel Horacek a number of years ago at a travel show in Orange County, California. She was working in a booth for the Earthwatch Institute at the time. We talked briefly and Muriel convinced me to sign-up for the Earthwatch newsletter. I next met Muriel at the 2008 Los Angeles Travel Show. She was enthusiastically greeting visitors in the Earthwatch booth. I reminded her of our earlier meeting and I also told her of my website that is a resource for those over 50 who are interested in international volunteering. Muriel told me that she was over 80 years of age and was planning a bird-watching trip to India at the time. This interview, which took place in April 2009, is a result of our talk at the travel show. By the way, Muriel in now 84 years old!

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A herd of 93 elephants migrated past us!

African Conservation My name is Silvia and I am 66 years old. My concerns that I wouldn’t be up to the task of volunteering soon vanished. The bush camp in Tuli delivered one highlight after another with so many events in one go! I couldn’t really take it all in at once. At 7:45 […]

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