|Name:||Donald L. Richardson|
Where do you work?
With IDS, a small consulting firm which trains Army Brigades in civilian/military integration for Afghanistan and Iraq
When did you serve in the Peace Corps?
Where did you serve (which country/countries)?
What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?
Help in business practices of a fishing co-op and a housing co-op
Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?
My Director Jerry Judge, Econ. Prof. of Notre Dame
What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?
The death of the President of a co-op while riding a motorcycle with side car which we taught him to drive.
In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?
Totally. My career was international after the PC as the Senior Officer of Citibank in Bolivia and years with USAID in economic development projects.
In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?
I attended Stanford and Stanford GSB. I am a local resident of Ann Arbor.
What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?
Be practical and have your goals match the work in the PC
What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?
The value gained is a greater awareness of different cultures and thinking.
What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?
The importance of being open minded