The Peace Corpse: Misadventures in Love and Africa
After college I joined the Peace Corps and found myself shipped off to Tanzania as a science teacher. I had already made up my mind before I even set foot in Africa to write a novel based on my experiences, and during my service as a Volunteer I spent a good amount of my spare time writing.
My original idea was that I would appear as a minor character in a novel centered around the experiences of a fictionalized Volunteer, but after my life took an unexpected turn around halfway through my first year of service, I decided to write the book as a memoir instead. Because to be perfectly honest, if I were to describe things that actually happened to me in a work of fiction, people would probably think they were just poor plotting by a novice writer.
Regardless, if you decide to read my book I sincerely hope you enjoy it, and if nothing else it should give you a chuckle or two.
What a great and funny read!
Great Insight into Another Culture!
I didn’t know The Peace Corps could be funny
An entertaining read!
Honest and real – one man’s experience in the Peace Corp
A humorous trip through Africa with a love-sick volunteer! Priceless!
Imagine a white, 22-year-old college kid from Montana volunteering to serve in the Peace Corps with the intention of bringing knowledge and friendship to the developing world. That was me, along with the others who served with me in Tanzania for two years. At least, that was the idea.
I have to admit that I failed to fit the stereotype. The “wide-eyed, self-righteous do-gooder serving the noble cause”. See, I may very well be the only Peace Corps Volunteer in the history of the organization to sincerely, foolishly, and romantically propose marriage to a local girl, only to have her say no. Which is not only funny but cruel, considering that to the majority of Tanzanians, an American kid like me is their golden ticket to a better life.
Of course, that wasn’t all I did. I taught advanced chemistry at an all-girls school, kayaked my way into Zimbabwe, and learned just how little water a human being can survive on. I also spent a good chunk of time having outdoor adventures around East Africa. In my defense, I did accomplish a few useful things. My time in Peace Corps wasn’t a complete waste, so I decided to share my journey.
My goal with this book is to give a very raw, straightforward, analytical – but also humorous – picture of both what a typical Peace Corps experience is like, as well as offer some insight into the current conditions of life in East Africa. For kids who are thinking of joining the Peace Corps, laugh and learn. For other readers? Just laugh, at me or with me. It sure is better than crying about it.
Kindle Author Interview: Andy Christofferson
Andy Christofferson, author of The Peace Corpse, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.
Safireblade: Interview with Andy Christofferson
I appreciate Andy’s willingness to submit to my interview questions. He is a good author, a great guy, and someone I am proud to call a friend.