Don Messerschmidt (Ph.D.) is an anthropologist, writer and educator with many years experience in Nepal. He first went there in 1963 as a Peace Corps volunteer assigned to the central Nepal district of Lamjung, adjoining Gorkha. During the two years as a volunteer, he undertook community development work and spent considerable time at Amppipal, visiting the former hospital staff and building rapport with local villagers and development workers.
Don has a Bachelors Degree in Education/Social Science from the University of Alaska, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. He has taught at many levels in both public and private schools, and in colleges and universities in North America and Asia.
Don is Deputy Director of Health & Development Consulting International (HDCi), and is currently semi-retired, but still very active on international rural development; conducting in-depth research in Nepal for articles and books on various topics, and leading numerous Himalayan tours and treks.