Phil and Carol Arld signed up to be Peace Corps volunteers after long and satisfying careers with the federal government. Peace Corps assigned them to Ukraine to serve as English teachers in one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe - Sevastopol on the Southern tip of the Crimean Peninsula. In this collection of essays, journal entries, and correspondence, Phil and Carol paint a compelling picture of day-to-day life as Peace Corps volunteers serving as English teachers. Their personal motto - Just say yes : yes to every offer of hospitality, yes to each invitation matter how tired they were or how seemingly boring or unfamiliar the activity - led to many rich and rewarding experiences. In these pages, you will read about the Peace Corps experience from the perspective of someone more than 30 years older than the typical volunteer. You will experience the naivete and frustrations of trying to blend into a new culture, the stress of learning a new language, and the satisfaction of ending a two-year service commitment with many new friends and a job well and meaningfully done.
Philip Arnold was born in 1950 in Hays Kansas and grew up in Kansas and Colorado. He is a graduate of Regis High School in Denver and Colorado State University. In 1973, he went to work for the Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago. He left Chicago in 1974 and worked for the Board in Billings, Montana for 13 years, and Portland, Oregon for four years, before returning to Chicago in 1990. He is the father of three sons and has three grandchildren. Carol Arnold was born Carol Bidinger in Lodi Ohio in 1946. She grew up in Elyria, Ohio until leaving for college. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1968. She lived in Scotland and West Virginia before returning to Chicago in 1975 to work for the Railroad Retirement Board. She raised two children during this time and now has two grandchildren. Phil and Carol met in St. Louis in May 1989 and were married in Reno, Nevada three months later. They currently reside in Cape Coral, in Southwest Florida.