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The Tide: A Peace Corps volunteer living in the aftermath of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (English Edition) von [Zakary, Joshua]
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“The Tide” offers a glimpse into two worlds. One is a perspective on becoming a Peace Corps volunteer. The other delves into the realities of living and working in a region of Africa decimated by Joseph Kony’s LRA. It is an unapologetic look into the author's times of sheer joy, and periods of heart wrenching agony. Chronicling his personal experiences, and accounts from Ugandans, Volunteers, Aid Workers, and Expats living in the region.

[UPDATE: 2nd Edition] I have spent the last six months reevaluating my book. Having the time to take another look, has given me a new perspective. While the main message hasn't changed, I have rewritten much of it, in order to break down the essence of what I want to convey to the reader. I believe this is a much stronger more coherent edition.

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About the Author: I've always had a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures. While studying, I spent several years living and working in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, UK, and Thailand. In my career, I focused on International Development through joining Peace Corps as an NGO Development Volunteer in war-torn northern Uganda, and later working in Namibia for USAID.


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2.0 von 5 Sternen nothing to do with Kony, the LRA, or Ugandans 25. März 2012
Von G. Hoffman - Veröffentlicht auf
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For people interested in the culture of ex-pats and NGOs in Northern Uganda, this book might be a useful resource. For people interested in applying to the Peace Corps or learning about the history and impact of the conflict in Northern Uganda, I would discourage them from reading The Tide. The title is a reaction to the recent Kony hysteria in an attempt to sell more books. The book has absolutely nothing to do with Kony or the LRA other than the fact that they play a significant role in the history of the region in which the author served, but it is a history the author neglects to write about. Sixteen of the book's twenty-eight chapters are dedicated to the author's experiences with the application and training process for the Peace Corps, and the other twelve chapters focus more on NGO operations and socializing with ex-pats rather than actual interaction with Ugandans. The application and training process is different for every person, so while his experience makes for interesting reading material, it should not be taken as universal to all applicants and trainees. The author offers some extremely insightful observations on the culture of NGOs and international development, but when writing about other issues he takes generous liberties, romanticizes with gross exaggerations, and reaches pretty far to draw conclusions based on nothing more than hearsay from other ex-pats or the deductions of his inner monologue. For a reader unfamiliar with the region or the Peace Corps, it can be hard to differentiate between the insight and the hearsay. He never takes the extra step to engage or investigate in order to debunk or give substance to his conclusions, but rather opts to believe that the reader will adopt the author's own deductive reasoning to reach the same result that such conclusions are "obvious". With this book, it's not always obvious...or true.

As an aside, this also needs to be proofread once more. Were and where are two different words. Uganda is not in West Africa. They, they're, and their are different words. Emphasis and emphasize are different words. These mistakes are not isolated incidents and appear throughout the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice case study 12. Mai 2014
Von Stephen - Veröffentlicht auf
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Not only do I agree with most of the sentiments expressed, but Joshua has drafted a useful study of the issues that may scome up for many volunteers in Africa.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect Intro to Peace Corps Volunteer Life 16. April 2014
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I enjoy reading these types of self-reflective works on one's experience in a different culture than one's own. I think this is because I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself. I'm amazed at the author's ability to remember quite so much. Looking back on my own experience, I don't think I can recall quite as much of my time during service.

Highly recommended for those interested in joining the Peace Corps, especially if you are thinking of volunteering in Africa. The book details everything from the application process, to the actual time period of gathering together medical and dental information, to the acceptance stage, to the first weekend where all the newbie volunteers meet, to the pre-service training and the first months on site, to some of the projects one might encounter, and to the end with the author's last weeks in Uganda.

A quick, informative, and enjoyable read. More than anything, the book made want to sign up again to do another round as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Good a The Bad and The Ugly About Peace Corps 19. Januar 2016
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Good book, all about the Peace Corps and less about the experiences with people that I expected. Very interesting though, and a quick read.
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