Some acorns from the Peace Corps oak:
* Jim Diamond showed some villagers in Chad how to dig pit silos so their oxen could eat grass silage in the dry season.
* A volunteer in Liberia got his pupils to wear shoes, reducing the chance of their getting worms. Another persuaded the women in her village to boil water.
* Michael Bradbury helped build a school in a Sierra Leone hamlet.
* Christine Elias organized a farming cooperative in Gambia, teaching the villagers the concept of saving their money.
* Volunteers in Micronesia built a prototype chicken house with contributions from the Indian Wells, Calif., Rotary Club under the Partnership program.
* Vicki Soucek taught mothers in Illela, Nigeria, to give their children a balanced diet.
* "I was discouraged and about ready to leave after one year," a volunteer wrote. "Then I watched a farmer bring his cows in for milking one afternoon. I suddenly realized he wasn't running them or beating them. It hit me -- I had taught him that."
* John Guerre got rival religious groups to work together building bridges, roads and a water system in a Costa Rican village.
* Paul Tsongas, later a Massachusetts senator, set up housekeeping with 10 Ethiopian students, and taught them math and science as he immersed himself in their culture.
* Bob Weiss, an Iowa farm boy, helped Masai tribesmen to manage their cattle more efficiently.
* A tree survey in Nicaragua by Steven Tomlin paved the way for future reforestation.
* Dr. Anton Koenigsberger worked with a Togolese medical team in Sokode.
* David Bellama helped write a book on Cameroonian pidgin. A deaf volunteer wrote a manual for the deaf in Honduras . . .