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Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World
     

Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World

by Ruth Colvin
 
From the Sunshine Coast of South Africa to a remote ashram in India, Colvin and her husband have traveled around the world, visiting sixty-two countries and providing literacy training in twenty-six developing countries.

The founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., which later merged with other organizations to become ProLiteracy, Colvin was invited by

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From the Sunshine Coast of South Africa to a remote ashram in India, Colvin and her husband have traveled around the world, visiting sixty-two countries and providing literacy training in twenty-six developing countries.

The founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., which later merged with other organizations to become ProLiteracy, Colvin was invited by universities, religious organizations, and the International Executive Service Corporation to share her skills in native language literacy and English as a second language training.

Along the way, Colvin met people from all walks of life-a holy man in India, a banned leader and a revolutionary in the apartheid system of South Africa, lepers in India and Madagascar, Chinese Communists who truly "serve the people," and survivors of Pol Pot's Cambodia. In a richly varied and exciting career, Colvin's most rewarding adventures were connecting with individuals from vastly different backgrounds and experiences, learning about their cultures and traditions, and discovering the many similarities all people share. Believing education is the key to facilitating communication and understanding among people around the world, Colvin, a lifelong learner herself, has dedicated her life to teaching others.

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New York Journal of Books
Our experience through Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World by Ruth Colvin is both humbling and enlightening. We see , through the illumination of cultural differences, human similarities. We feel, in a word, connected.
Library Journal
In her introduction, 94-year-old Colvin (founder, Literacy Volunteers of America, now ProLiteracy) writes, "I collect people the way others collect stamps or coins." Her collection includes a Hindu holy man, unsung heroes fighting apartheid, Nigerian women running an aluminum factory, maximum-security prisoners in Zambia, the king of Swaziland, Chinese Christians, an Ecuadorean folklore artist, lepers in Madagascar, and a newborn baby in Cambodia. This diverse medley of stories accumulated from ten developing countries represents decades of international volunteer work by Colvin and her husband. Rather than focusing on her obvious passion for adult literacy training, Colvin reveals her deeply cultivated respect for cultural, racial, and religious diversity, concluding with the observation that "people are people" everywhere. The chapters are organized by country; this results in a scattered, fast-paced description of those the author met during her travels. Fortunately, the introduction and epilog fill in some gaps. Occasional photos enhance the text, including shots of Colvin receiving awards from two U.S. Presidents. VERDICT Straightforward and authentic, this book is recommended for general readers keen on international travel, volunteering, or literacy.—Rebekah Wallin, Paris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815609933
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
437,070
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.70(d)

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