From Microsoft to Malawi: Learning on the Front Lines as a Peace Corps Volunteer

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Hamilton Books, 2011 - Travel - 220 pages
In this compelling narrative, Michael L. Buckler draws readers into the challenging, yet rewarding world of the Peace Corps. Inspired by his journals, the book recounts his life as a Peace Corps teacher after a heartbreaking divorce and a demanding legalcareer prompted him to make a change. Assigned to a village school in Malawi, Buckler opens his tiny home to three boys, embarking with them on a journey of cross-cultural discovery, personal sacrifice, and transformative growth. Determined to help his village, Buckler collaborates with community leaders to build a boarding school for girls. As momentum builds, a powerful bureaucrat tries to shut down the project and Buckler becomes discouraged. As he agonizes over whether to leave, the village takes matters into its own hands in a moving display of the persistent, courageous spirit of Malawi. -- Cover, p. 4.

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In this passionate memoir, Buckler opens the world of a Malawi Peace Corps Volunteer to the reader, creating a picture of what it is like to live, work, and connect with local Malawians. It is a personal, evocative narrative with great emotional depth and a compelling storyline.

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About the author (2011)

Michael L. Buckler was raised in LaPlata, Maryland. He attended Cornell University and Duke Law School before practicing law for several years. As a member of the Peace Corps, Buckler spent two years living and teaching in a Malawian village. He now lives in Washington, D.C. and works for the National Park Service.

Author proceeds from the sale of this book will be devoted to several worthy development projects in Malawi, most notably a college tuition fund for the boys who lived with the author during his Peace Corps experience.

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