Goodbye, Arandis! P.S. I love you!

Today is my last day at the office where I have worked at the Arandis Town Council for the past 2 1/2 years. It hasn’t always been easy – but it has always been rewarding. Above my desk, every day, I used this poem for inspiration. Attributed to the philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BC, it encapsulates for me the primary objective of Peace Corps around the world.

Go with the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have
But of the best leaders
When their task is accomplished
Their work is done
The people all remark
“We have done it ourselves”

Author: Chris

Until 2019, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker.

16 thoughts on “Goodbye, Arandis! P.S. I love you!”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, Chris. What a privilege to get a glimpse into another country and culture – one I most likely won’t have the opportunity to experience myself. I am so happy that you had this opportunity to realize your very long-held dream of the Peace Corps. I remember you first expressing that desire so so many years ago. Rather than thinking you were too old to go, you embraced the window of opportunity when the stars finally aligned and made it possible for you to go at this time — and thrived! I have no doubt that your time with the Peace Corps was definitely a model of the poem you shared. Wishing you safe travels home. Many blessings on your next adventures. May 2019 bring you a smooth transition back to the US and into your next chapter. Much love, Melanie

  2. I remember sitting in a pub in Los Gatos listening to this man beg me to work for him. I knew little about him, but his colleagues said he was a good man and he turned out to be my favorite “co- worker”. In all endeavors, even the most trying, he seems to be having the most fun. He finds the value in something and adds to it. Chris took us with him on his journey and I’m grateful. Looking forward to hearing some adventures in that pub in Los Gatos soon.

      1. Let’s get you settled in and caught up with those who waited long for your first Christmas back. Put me somewhat after #50 on your todo list!

        Have a great holiday!


  3. HI Chris, thank you very much for sharing your experience. This blog was a window into a completely different kind of life than most of us ever envision, and more than once I found it inspiring. Best of all, it made me stop and reconsider all the choices I get to make every day.
    I hope you travel safely home to your loving family and that you start an amazing new chapter in your life!

  4. Chris, you epitomize my tee shirts. You are the change we want to see in the world! Hope to reconnect with you when you return.
    Thank you for sharing the adventure.

    Kristi Theone

  5. To say that we’re all extremely proud of you would be a great understatement Chris. It’s very clear just how big an impact you’ve made while in Namibia. I know the ones you’ve gotten closest to over there will miss you dearly. Eric

  6. Chris

    You are what is good in the world.

    Your total embrace of Namibia, its culture, and its people has been amazing for me to watch and learn from.

    I look forward to talking with you in row 20.


  7. Hi Chris – thank you for sharing your experiences and memories of Namibia! I met you 2 years ago almost on my last day in the Country, driving from Walvish to Windhoek for my farewell dinner… following you has been like remain in contact with the Country and the People… thank you again. Good wind

    1. I remember you well, Gionata! That was one of the most fun hikes I ever had! I hope you’re well-settled in Senegal and that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! Baie dankie!

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