Peace Corps volunteers embody grit, not just for serving overseas for 27 months in often very unstructured situations, but for remaining quietly optimistic while doing so.
This type of resolve and dedication is special, which is perhaps why Alpine has become home to many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers – a refuge for the worldly and romantics, one might say. For a relatively small program in the scope of federal organizations, it’s surprising to find so many in such a small space. Dr. Theron Francis, assistant professor of English at Sul Ross State University, is one such volunteer. Serving in Yemen from 1989-1991, Francis described his service as a turning point in his life. In an age where experiences are valued, it is no wonder that the Peace Corps remains a strong organization with record numbers of applicants each year. Here in West Texas, the returned volunteers of Alpine have one thing in common – they continue to serve their community, right here at home.