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James Gronseth won’t let potentially harsh conditions and a language barrier stand in his way of helping others. The 84-year-old has joined the Peace Corps.
Gronseth will go to Botswana, Africa to help improve treatment for HIV and AIDS patients. He tells KGW he doesn’t think age is an issue.
“Life is for living, you know, and this is something I want to do. So I’m going to do it.”
Gronseth has already spent much of his life making a difference. He worked for 35 years in hospital administration and has taught language skills at Portland State University for 23 years of his retirement.
He’s learning the native language of Botswana and is prepared to potentially live in a mud hut for two years.
By the time Gronseth is 86 years old and his assignment is over, he’ll likely have broken the age record for volunteers, according to KGW.