Paperback: 168 pages
Full color throughout
Published: March 2011
Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5
Available in print and as an ebook
Making Peace with the World: Photographs of Peace Corps Volunteers
About the Book
In June 2009, Richard Sitler embarked on an epic journey to document Peace Corps Volunteers serving communities around the world. Over the next two years, Richard would find himself traversing the planet while staying with Peace Corps Volunteers, experiencing their communities and work sites, and documenting what it’s like to be a Volunteer in the modern Peace Corps.
Richard discovered that the values President Kennedy had imagined for the Peace Corps in his famous 1960 speech at the University of Michigan continue to be evident in the organization today. However, the Volunteer has evolved drastically over the years. Volunteers today are no longer required to conform to the stereotypical image of young idealists giving up their comfortable lives to live in a grass hut. Rather, Richard discovers Volunteers are using modern technology, such as laptops and cell phones, to not only enrich their experience, but to impact their community as well. He sees how retired professionals bring years of experience and knowledge to their organizations. And how, as it always has been, Volunteers are changing lives while being forever changed themselves.
This is the story of Peace Corps and its Volunteers, fifty years after conception.
About Richard Sitler
Richard Sitler is an experienced photojournalist who grew up in Knightstown, IN. Sitler is a graduate of Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and has also studied at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire and New Jersey.
From 2000 to 2002 Sitler took a break from his photojournalism career to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica. Sitler served as an at-risk youth advisor to the Lluidas Vale All Age School.
In 2006 Sitler returned to Jamaica as a Crisis Corps volunteer (now called Peace Corps Response) where he served as a Curriculum Developer for a community youth training center in Ewarton, St. Catherine.