The Associate Director of the United States Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast is a 72-year-old woman -- Mrs Nora Hodges.
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SV Mrs. Hodges seated with interviewer
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 7): Mrs Hodges: "That's a long story, After retiring from 30 years of teaching after my husband's death, I entered the Peace Corps as a volunteer and I went to Tunisia where I taught English as a foreign language for two years. I had such a marvellous experience there that I went to Washington and enlisted my services in order to get more old people into the peace Corps because I realised what old people could do in the third world, and what on the other hand, and that's very important to me, what the third world could do for the self respect for old people. I really built a whole new life there. What I didn't realise at the time was that I built a whole new career, because after two years in Tunisia and a year and a half in Washington I was then invited to the Ivory Coast to my job as associate director which, granted, is quite unusual at my age, I think I'm the only one in existence so I feel very proud to have been chosen for this job and I intend to prove that old people can do a decent job."
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Background: The Associate Director of the United States Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast is a 72-year-old woman -- Mrs Nora Hodges. After a career as a teacher and the death of her husband Mrs. Hodges volunteered for the Peace Corps -- to find a useful place for herself in the Third World where skill and experience is always needed.
Mrs Hodges now works in Abidjan after a period with the Peace Corps in Tunisia and Washington. This remarkable woman feels that old people can find a new life for themselves contributing to the developing nations of Africa and Asia.