Peace Corps volunteer Joshua Hardester with some of his young charges
Peace Corps volunteer Joshua Hardester with some of his young charges
Joshua Hardester, a former resident of Camden, recently finished his first year serving with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. His primary work revolves around children, youth and families in a rural community of 1,500 people in Costa Rica's lush Central Valley. Hardester will present an illustrated talk about his experiences at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday evening, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Over the past year, Hardester has been able to start projects such as music and agriculture classes in the local elementary school and an ongoing series of conflict-resolution workshops in the regional high school. Hardester's work is extending beyond the local community as he begins to organize a national soccer tournament for indigenous teens.