Peace Corps
Thai 27
1969
 
 
 
Vance Hyndman
Vance
Vance and Kathy
Stephen and Wyatt
After our Peace Corps experience I returned sort of aimless and ended up in graduate school at Cornell which I did not finish; then moved to Washington and did a career with the Congress for over a dozen years, mostly with the House
Foreign Affairs Committee. My wife Kathy and I met when we both worked with the U.S. Congress.
I did a lot of work on Asia and frequently traveled there including trips to Thailand. Those trips got me interested in returning for a more extensive and intensive stay, so I maneuvered into the Peace Corps
Country Director job in Thailand from 1987 to 1990
At that time I was the only recycled volunteer (that is the only person who had served as a volunteer who returned as director; Bob Charles, my predecessor had been a training officer and Northeast rep during our time there).
Being back as CD was a great experience, though I tended to treat it as entirely different from my own Peace Corps Volunteer experience. Thailand had changed tremendously and expectations for volunteers were different. I found an incredible spirit and dedication to meaningful work that I recalled among the best volunteers of our era. I was very reassured that Peace Corps was relevant still.
I felt very fulfilled back in Thailand and believe I had a certain credibility with volunteers because I had truly served there myself (though you may recall I was one of those Bangkok volunteers who maybe didn't do squat johns as well as the upcountry volunteers).
After Thailand we went to Hungary (as Peace Corps director from 1990 to 1992).
It was extremely exciting being part of the transition, the Hungarians were
great people to work with (though very different from Thais). Starting up a new country program was very frustrating, so I have great sympathy for what people must be suffering getting things rolling in Iraq.
After Hungary (and the birth of two boys)we returned to the states in 1992 where I worked for awhile with The Asia Foundation and finally moved to teaching.
In 1998 I taught Chinese history in Beijing to American high school students and English and Investment Science courses at Woodrow Wilson High School
Since then I have been teaching at St. Andrew's Episcopal School and have a course in Asian Studies but also am the main substitute teacher. Substituting is rewarding, and I get to see all that goes on in teaching and get to know all the kids.


Our two boys (Stephen, age 14) and Wyatt (age 12) were born in Vienna while I worked in Budapest.

We have enjoyed the challenges of growing up with them and their interests in music (electric guitar) and swimming. Now they are facing college in the next several
years. Our trials with teenagers must amuse our many friends
who went through this experience many years ago.