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What do you do when you're ready to retire from a successful career in Silicon Valley? Why not move to Africa and do volunteer work?

Okay, this isn't the way most of us imagine spending our golden years. But Rick and Wendy Walleigh -- like so many baby boomers reaching the traditional age of retirement -- were too healthy, motivated, and interested in giving back to play
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by Wheatmark (first published March 13th 2015)
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Grady
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
`We both wanted to `give something back.' We both wanted to be working on something of obvious benefit to society.'

Both Wendy and Rick Walleigh have impressive credentials and successful careers in the new tech world. Wendy, with an M.S. in Communications from Boston University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University, succeeded in high-technology marketing and sales in computer networking hardware and software companies as Director of OEM Marketing at 3Com Corporation. Her
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Aleksandar Totic
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author and his wife had a great time, and did good work in Africa.

Unfortunately, the writing did not allow me to feel much all this. It was just a narrative of what happened, without characters you can bond with, or a plot to get excited about. Couple of things I remember:

There was a short chapter titled "Businesswoman of the Year Award Dinner". The point of the chapter was that a high-ranking official made sexist jokes. We only learn about author feeling uncomfortable with the jokes, never
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Weiyi Zheng
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am half way through the book, and I am delighted with the level of details in narrative of what happened. This is the down to earth, realistic of 'how I can make my little contributions to a small portion of people', not your everyday 'saving the world' kind of story. but that made it a good book to get to know what Swaziland and Mozambique are like.
About the lack of emotions mentioned in another review, yes I agree that the author is presenting events in a detached manner. but being an
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Skylar
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and it was a quick and pleasurable read. And I'm only a little jealous of the adventures and opportunities the authors have had! It was interesting seeing a different type of international volunteering (entrepreneurship and business help instead of nursing, doctoring, teaching, or missionaries). Their story was a really good read that will probably influence my own retirement journey one day.
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In 2005, Rick Walleigh left a 30-year career as a high-tech exec with firms like HP and Ernst & Young to use his skills to give back through volunteering for TechnoServe.

Rick traveled to Africa with his wife Wendy to work on reducing poverty.  Now back in the US, he continues to work part-time for TechnoServe as a Senior Advisor to the CEO and other members of TechnoServes senior management
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