Putting Off Retirement - for the Peace Corps

Yael Abouhalkah, Beci Bosley
Former Kansas City Star editorial writer Yael Abouhalkah and his wife Beci Bosley discuss their alternative to retirement: a 16-month (and counting) journey as Peace Corps volunteers in the southwest African nation of Namibia. They’re among the 6% of Peace Corps workers who are over age 50.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Program: 
6:30 pm
Yael Abouhalkah gained a reputation in more than three decades as an editorial writer for The Kansas City Star for not following the path of least resistance. It figures then that he and his wife Beci Bosley haven’t slipped into quiet, comfortable retirement, instead moving seven time zones away to the southwest African nation of Namibia to serve in the Peace Corps.

Abouhalkah and Bosley—among the 6% of Peace Corps workers who are over age 50—discuss their now-16-month journey, which will carry into 2019. They teach English to hundreds of youngsters at separate primary schools, and have worked to upgrade the schools’ libraries with the help of more than 1,000 books contributed by their fellow Kansas Citians. Event attendees are invited to bring a children’s book or two to donate to the Books for Namibian Children collection (English-language fiction or nonfiction titles, first- through fifth-grade reading levels, hardbound or paperback).

Abouhalkah spent 32 of his 37 years at The Star writing editorials. Bosley was a Lee’s Summit elementary school librarian for 13 years and an occupational therapist for 20 years before that.