As if rising northeastern temperatures weren’t warm enough, Wilton resident Richard “Dick” Chaloux set out for an even hotter climate on Wednesday, June 26, journeying to Benin in West Africa for the next two and a half years. “I found myself, as do many other people who are post 60, as kind of casting around for something to do in the next chapter of my life,” Mr. Chaloux said about his reasons for joining the Peace Corps. “There’s another side of it too,” he added. “It’s going to be really nice to be a part of something that’s much bigger than myself.”
His desire to join the ranks of Peace Corps volunteers working to promote sustainable development in underprivileged areas of the world was not a spur-of-the-moment decision for Mr. Chaloux, who had been all set to make the trip to West Africa over a year ago. “I would’ve gone to Mali at that particular time but because of safety concerns they decided to terminate the program,” he said.