Ed and Adele Douglass were newly engaged graduate students from UW-Madison looking for an adventure in 1963. That's when they heard about a new program started by President John F. Kennedy called the Peace Corps. The concept was intriguing, even though Adele and Ed weren't sure where they'd be going.
Adele and Ed began their two-year tour in Cameroon in 1963. Adele Douglass taught at a missionary school for teenage girls. Ed Douglass used his background in mass communications to teach principles of electricity at a technical high school. While both say their students learned from them, the couple says their experience helped them chart courses for their lives. That was after suffering from a bit of culture shock after returning home.
Ed Douglass made a career working in public health. The Douglass's say anyone considering the Peace Corps should look into it further.