Andy has one of the best Twitter profiles I’ve read. It says: Author of THE PEACE CORPSE: misadventures of a sex-deprived, foul-mouthed college kid in Africa trying to make his life not completely useless.
Isn’t he adorable? I think so. His goal is to live on every continent for at least one year. Including Antarctica. So far, he’s been to North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and he’s working on Australia at the moment.
Please welcome the fascinating author and world traveler, Andy Christofferson.
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About the Peace Corpse in Andy’s Own Words
Imagine a white, 22-year-old college kid from Montana volunteering to serve in the Peace Corps with the intention of bringing knowledge and friendship to the developing world. That was me, along with the others who served with me in Tanzania for two years. At least, that was the idea.
I have to admit that I failed to fit the stereotype. The “wide-eyed, self-righteous do-gooder serving the noble cause”. See, I may very well be the only Peace Corps Volunteer in the history of the organization to sincerely, foolishly, and romantically propose marriage to a local girl, only to have her say no. Which is not only funny but cruel, considering that to the majority of Tanzanians, an American kid like me is their golden ticket to a better life.
Of course, that wasn’t all I did. I taught advanced chemistry at an all-girls school, kayaked my way into Zimbabwe, and learned just how little water a human being can survive on. I also spent a good chunk of time having outdoor adventures around East Africa. In my defense, I did accomplish a few useful things. My time in Peace Corps wasn’t a complete waste, so I decided to share my journey.
My goal with this book is to give a very raw, straightforward, analytical – but also humorous – picture of both what a typical Peace Corps experience is like, as well as offer some insight into the current conditions of life in East Africa. For kids who are thinking of joining the Peace Corps, laugh and learn. For other readers? Just laugh, at me or with me. It sure is better than crying about it.
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Inside Andy Christofferson’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Spending time with my girlfriend. I know that may sound corny, but after traveling the world searching for true love I’m pretty happy to have finally found it.
What turns you on creatively? Punk music. Also, reading a book or watching a TV show or movie and thinking how I would do things differently if I were the one creating the story.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Actually” and “seriously”. I actually use those two words way more than I even realize. Seriously.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Integrity. I admire a man who can stand up for what he believes in, even when it’s not easy or convenient.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Empathy. I admire women who can provide insight, compassion, and understanding to stubborn men like me.
What is your greatest regret? That I didn’t play football in 7th grade. I’ll never have another chance to play organized football with all the equipment and everything, but aside from that I’ve done pretty much every other thing I’ve wanted to do with my life.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Anxiety. I get way too anxious about things way too easily.
What is your greatest fear? That I’ll wake up one morning and I’ll be 50 and I’ll not have accomplished all the things I want to accomplish. And I can’t find my pants.
[Eden] Ha! I wouldn’t be worried about your pants. If you can’t find your teeth, then you’re in trouble.
Which living person do you most admire? It’s hard to pick just one. I admire a lot of different people for a lot of different specific things, but I can’t really think of any one person that I admire most as a whole.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d like to start a school based on the latest scientific research on education. I don’t think we’re currently teaching children in the most efficient way possible, and I’d like to do something about that.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A duck.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Getting a PhD in computational biochemistry despite knowing nothing about computation and next to nothing about biochemistry when I started.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty.
What is your greatest extravagance? Ordering pizza because I’m too lazy to cook. I’m a very simple creature.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Raise a child.
What is your favorite music (genre/artist/album/song)? Punk/Less Than Jake/Hello Rockview/Scott Farcas Takes It on the Chin
What are some of your favorite curse words? Fuck. I also like saying variations of “fuck off” in Italian (vaffanculo), Swahili (kitombwe mbele), and Chinese (qi ne da ba).
What is your motto? “I have a green hat.”
Thanks Andy for your insightful answers!
Readers, please connect to Andy. He a super cool man to chat with.
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Connect with Andy
Andy Christofferson was born and raised in northwestern Montana, and graduated from Montana State University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a profound desire to see the world. After spending two years in Tanzania, East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and four years in England getting a PhD in chemistry (and chasing the girl of his dreams), he made it his goal in life to live on every continent for at least one year, and write a book about each one. So far he has spent a year (or more) on North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and currently lives in Australia. The Peace Corpse is the first (and as of July 2011, the only) book finished, but he’s hard at work on the others right now. Really.
Andy has three published scientific papers in the field of computational biochemistry, and has started his own fake publishing company, Videlicet Productions.