In the article "Volunteers to Break New Ground," May 13, the author discusses in depth the type of assistance future Peace Corps volunteers will offer Russia and the struggling ex-Soviet states - all aimed at helping the locals to understand our capitalist system.
As a volunteer in Nepal from 1987 to 1989, I learned that the Peace Corps in fact has three stated goals: 1) to offer skilled labor, 2) to share our American culture with the peoples of other countries, and 3) upon our return to the States, to share our experiences of living in a foreign culture with our fellow citizens.
American arrogance in assuming that we have all the right answers can be a dangerous and ultimately alienating perspective. Peace Corps volunteers are diplomats as well as teachers, engineers, and bankers - and we can learn a great deal from the people and cultures we travel so far to help. Scott Durbee, Vashon, Wash.
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