Like many college students, my 22-year-old son wanted to travel before he settled down to obligations and responsibilities. With no savings put aside, he knew it wouldn’t be easy. He studied his options and chose the Peace Corps, www.peacecorps.org.

When John’s assignment finally arrived—Western Samoa, a group of four Pacific islands —he packed his allotted 90 pounds of carefully selected necessities. Although an adventurer at heart, John questioned his decision once on board the jumbo jet: “Can I teach? Can I learn the language? Will the students accept me? Can I make a difference?

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