Welcome to episode #24
My guest Allan " Alonzo" Wind
The last episode of Season Two! Thank you for your support.
Allan is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He worked on diplomatic assignments in Peru, Nicaragua, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa and the Southern Africa Regional Missions. He provided oversight to U.S. government foreign aid development and humanitarian assistance and supported U.S. Ambassadors as their senior development officer on multiple country teams. He also worked for NGOs elsewhere in Latin America and as the Global Programme Coordinator for the International Save the Children Alliance Secretariat in London, UK.
In this episode, Allan talks about his first book, ANDEAN ADVENTURES: An Unexpected Search for Meaning, Purpose and Discovery Across Three Countries. It covers his personal development as a young man who uprooted himself from his American comfort to become a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and then later service in Bolivia and Peru. This decision to leave the USA shaped who he became personally and professionally. Allan shares his belief in the value of volunteering and the immense personal rewards that can be gained. He also goes into how he’s bridged the gap between his Jewish upbringing and his later embracing of the Baha’i faith.
I hope that after listening to his episode, you decide to grab a copy of his best-selling book Andean Adventures. It is also now an audiobook: https://tinyurl.com/AudioAlonzo.
It’s an Insightful and entertaining book, a window into the life and work of a foreign service officer, his life stories and for anyone contemplating volunteering or careers in foreign service.
Allan and his wife currently reside in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the United States, while their adult daughter is in Africa on her own adventures. Mr. Wind serves on the Boards of Directors of different nongovernmental organizations, including Hunger Relief International, supporting their efforts with the neediest in Guatemala and Haiti in any way he can.
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