Eric Freeman, USA Bobsledders: American Soldiers, Yahoo News, 9 February 2014
"The US Peace Corps is a preeminent international service organization that sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service, at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. The Peace Corps' mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
I think the Olympics and the Peace Corps have a lot in common.
“I don’t think so, Fran,” a friend says. “The Olympics are all about sports competition. The Peace Corps has nothing to do with sports."
But the spirit is the same. The spirit of international understanding and goodwill. Olympians and Peace Corps Volunteers do their best to represent their countries in a positive light, and in so doing, increase cross-cultural understanding and help promote world peace. We are all the same.
|Sledding with Luba, Irina, and Nikita in Starobelsk, Ukraine|
Through the Peace Corps we also get to see and know more of the world. We learn about other countries, become friends with the people, and they learn about America along the way. Mutual discovery, making a difference, building friendships and peaceful change from the bottom up. The Peace Corps way.
Sure there's lots to criticize, but I choose to see the positives. So one of the snowflakes on the virtual Olympic flag didn't do what it was supposed to do at the brilliant opening ceremony at Sochi. So what? Forget the petty politics, the judgmental attitudes, the hyper-vigilant critics. Host countries do their best to showcase their best. Let's honor that. Let's honor the common spirit of the Olympics and the Peace Corps!