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.
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
Highlights: Zagreb, Postojna Caves, Prejama Castle, Rovinj and hill towns of the Istrian Peninsula, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Split (our 1st stop on Croatia's famous Dalmatian Coast). In Zagreb (ZAH-greb), we met our friends with whom we traveled for the rest...read more
Hvar Island's original inhabitants were migrants from the Greek Island of Paros in the 4th century BCE who created the settlement of Pharos, from which the name Hvar is derived. It too has been overrun like the rest of the former Yugoslavia, by Slavs, Venetians,...read more
We sailed from Hvar to Dubrovnik on catamaran Ferry, the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to Dubrovnik. We met our guide at Place Gates for our walking tour, then we learned some of the history and culture by visiting some important city sites: Old Town,...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.”