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From Tunisia to Baltimore to Washington, new Peace Corps director at home in the world

From Tunisia to Baltimore to Washington, new Peace Corps director at home in the world

Half a century ago, after completing two years as a Peace Corp volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English, learned how to make couscous and drank tea with merchants, Jody Olsen moved to another new place quite foreign to her.

But she soon got to know her neighbors, who shared dinners, the names of house painters and day care arrangements, and quickly felt at home in the village.

Charles Village.

“Villages are villages,” Olsen said with a laugh.

Olsen considers those 10 years in Baltimore an important part of a journey that took her from a young college student who had never been on an airplane to now, at 75, the director of the Peace Corps.

It was 1969....

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