re: "Too Many Young People?"
"To a certain extent, Strauss is right: the Peace Corps might consider focusing a little less on young people, and a little more on increasing their recruitment from an older, more experienced crowd. Greater presence of an older generation would help the program to run more smoothly, and facilitate the success of the organization's younger recruits. But Strauss also overstates his case -- in particular, he errs when he suggests that young volunteers are less valuable because they are not yet "effective development workers."The fact is, the "effectiveness" of the young recruits is not as paramount as Strauss cracks it up to be -- the Peace Corps is as much about presenting a friendly, human face of the United States as it is about efficiently completing its development tasks (i.e. teaching English, building schools, etc.)."
"(T)he Peace Corps should ensure that they're hiring competent people and placing them in positions where they can make a difference. But the group's purpose is also, perhaps just as much, about establishing connections between different people and developing relationships across cultures. In effect, it's as much about the human connections as it is about the actual work. In this regard, the energy and attitude of young people can be an extremely important asset."
Note: CAA loves the Peace Corps!
Second-hand hat tip to Alanna.