Fiesta of Sunset

The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth

by Taylor Dibbert



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/15/2011

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781450272223
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781450272247
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781450272230

About the Book

Shortly after graduating college, Taylor Dibbert began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer. Dibbert spent two years in Guatemala’s Western Highlands, living and working in the indigenous village of Nebaj – a place still emerging from the shadows of a bloody civil war and steeped in history.

Fiesta of Sunset speaks frankly about Dibbert’s Peace Corps experience – from witnessing armed robbery and struggling with gastrointestinal disease to deep personal reflection and considered social commentary. This is a story that embraces adventure, candor and humility.

Some of the mysterious and romantic stereotypes of the Peace Corps are set to rest in this engaging memoir. The book also provides a closer look into a war-torn nation still struggling with poverty, corruption and inequality. 

Ultimately, the Peace Corps is about empowerment – helping the world’s poor help themselves and trying to alleviate global poverty. But there's something more that JFK left out of his groundbreaking Peace Corps speech. Personal growth lies at the heart of the volunteer experience. This uniquely compelling book reminds us that the organization’s mission is more relevant than ever.

About the Author

Taylor Dibbert has worked for nongovernmental organizations in several continents. Over the years, his writing and journalism have appeared in a wide range of outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review and HuffPost.