How the Walleighs Found Purpose & Adventure
Boomers Rick and Wendy Walleighs’ book details their inspiring move to Swaziland and then Nairobi, Kenya for a total of 18 months. These are documented on this website and in their book titled From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. It is available on Amazon, all online book retailers, and some Bay Area bookstores. Go to Media Coverage to see all the media featuring the Walleigh’ adventures.
ALL ROYALTIES ARE DONATED TO TECHNOSERVE, the international development organization for which the Walleighs worked, to continue its “Business Solutions to Poverty” in Africa and Latin America, so please buy this book for friends and family!
Meanwhile, enjoy the photos and descriptions of our many travels to nearly 60 countries on six continents.
Prague was the first of the many cities that we visited with pedestrian-only sections, in at least part, if not all of the central districts. This makes the ambiance wonderful. Despite our timing of late May (the “shoulder” season), the city was busier than we...read more
We set off on our 2+-hour tour of Vienna armed only with a large, unwieldy map in German/Austrian that only showed the streets on one side. Descriptions of buildings and sights were on the only on the back. Though we weren't thrilled about feeling as if we had been...read more
Budapest, Hungary is a city of both historical and modern culture with elaborate architecture built from the 1700s forward. It was the 3rd stop on our May 2017 tour of Eastern Europe, and our favorite "big city" in the former Habsburg or Austro-Hungarian Empire....read more
Ljubljana is a totally charming small city—though it is capital of Slovenia and its largest city at under 300,000 residents. The whole country’s population is only 2 million but of the former Yugoslavia countries, it was the 1st to leave and is the most successful....read more
“If you are nearing the end of your business career and wondering what’s next, you’ll find Rick and Wendy’s experience both illuminating and inspiring.”Debra Dunn
“Rick and Wendy Walleigh are my down-to-earth heroes. At the end of Phase 1 of very successful careers–still healthy enough to spend their retirement days skiing, golfing, lunching, traveling in style–they chose instead to take their energy and considerable skills and apply them in some of the poorest communities in the world.Bruce McNamer
“For those seeking an encore to their professional lives, Rick Walleigh’s account of the adventure he and his wife, Wendy, began is as energizing as it is useful. This remarkable book summarizes the factors they considered before volunteering in Africa to foster economic growth through small business development. More importantly, it records their experience with cultural change, new applications for honed skills, the nature of contemporary economic development work in the face of poverty, and the sights, smells, surprises and encounters found in living and working overseas. This is not a “how-to” book for those of us wanting renewal; it is an “I did this and so can you” story that is unique, thought-provoking and encouraging.”