Volunteer Stories

Appreciating the Speaking Opportunities We Have

Posted: 4/10/2016
Appreciating the Speaking Opportunities We Have: A True Privilege for RPCVs - Q&A with Glenn Anaiscourt ... read more

The Return Cycle of Adjustment

Posted: 3/8/2016
During Pre-Service Training, soon-to-be Peace Corps Volunteers are provided a diagram charting their likely upcoming peaks and valleys on the journey to cultural adjustment. ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Janet Allen

Posted: 1/11/2016
As I worked on my story I learned more about what I experienced. Even though my experience happened 30 years ago, I knew something about it was powerful for me but I had never sat down and thought, ‘Why is this story significant to me?’. ... read more

Keeping the Audience's Attention with Humor and Other Tactics

Posted: 12/9/2015
Q&A with Allison Bakamjian By Betsy Aaron, Global Presenters Coordinator Allison Bakamjian is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Colombia from 2012-14. Her assignment was focused on ... read more

Community Organizing in India

Posted: 12/9/2015
By Marlow Schindler Dwayne Hunn served as an Urban Community Development Volunteer in India from 1966 to 1968. Dwayne was part of an experimental group of volunteers who pioneered Urban Community ... read more

Global Presenters: Handling Difficult Questions and Different Generations, Q&A with Gale Lederer

Posted: 11/5/2015
Interview by Betsy Aaron Gale Lederer is an RPCV who served as a teacher-trainer in Azerbaijan from 2009-2010. She earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MA from the University of Chicago—both in histo ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Sue Castle and The Phone Call

Posted: 11/4/2015
Sue Castle's son Nick passed away while serving in China in 2013.  Since Nick’s death Sue has worked advocating for improved health care for Volunteers.  Although much has been reported about Nick’s death Sue wanted to tell his story in her own voice. ... read more

Featured Storyteller: Craig Berger

Posted: 10/6/2015
I was very nervous. The nervousness built up to where ten minutes before my performance I was plotting ways to get out. ... read more

Tips and Tricks on Public Speaking with RPCV Joe Lurie

Posted: 10/5/2015
Joe Lurie served in Kenya from 1969-70. For 20 years, he was the Executive Director of the International House at UC Berkeley, housing nearly 600 students from over 75 countries. He is a cross-cultural communication trainer and author. ... read more

Continuing Service Profile: Nalini Elkins

Posted: 8/1/2015
By Marlow Schindler Nalini Elkins served in Peace Corps Togo, West Africa from 1981 to 1983 as an English and Art Teacher.  Armed with a BA in psychology and her fellow teachers as both colleag ... read more

Young and Motivated: Rwandan Women in Tech

Posted: 6/1/2015
Interview by Jenny Alton LylaFujiwara, completed two years of Peace Corps service in Rwanda in December 2013. As an Information and Communications Technology Educator, she worked with local ... read more

Village Nepali: Permission to Stop Conjugating

Posted: 5/1/2015
The nicest surprise I got while using Nepali in the real world came from my didi (“big sister”). She was pretty much illiterate, married at 14, left school in the third grade and yet she was the one who helped me the most with my language skills ... read more

I Am Not Bruce Lee

Posted: 5/1/2015
By Jenny Alton What language did you learn during training? We learned Arabic, though we were taught with a new system in training, basically making us illiterate but fluent. We did not learn how ... read more

Being Comfortable Being Misunderstood

Posted: 5/1/2015
Getting lost in translation was almost a daily occurrence. If someone had a lot of patience they understood what I was trying to say with my improper grammar, mispronunciations and literal translation of American idioms. ... read more

Scholar to Volunteer – Project Management in Theory and Practice

Posted: 4/5/2015
By Marlow Schindler Melissa Ng (Belize RPCV, 2011- 2013) was a Business and Organizational Development volunteer assigned to the Toledo Cacao Growers Association in Belize. She worked with her c ... read more

Training China’s Future Tour Guide/Model/Environmentalists

Posted: 4/1/2015
By Marlow Schindler Peace Corps Fellows and Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) are two very different programs. The Fellows Program is for returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) interested in ... read more

Fill the World with Hope

Posted: 3/1/2015
In Ghana, West Africa, Alice Impraim first learned about Peace Corps as a teenager in a biology class taught by a Volunteer at her high school. But it wasn't until many years later, that she made the journey to Namibia as a Peace Corps Volunteer herself. ... read more

Coming Home

Posted: 1/14/2015
By Marlow Schindler Just as there is no single Peace Corps experience, there is no single homecoming experience.  Every Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) experienced different challenges and ... read more

When in a Blizzard

Posted: 12/1/2014
By Sharon Heiny To Amanda Carson, a Community Youth Development Volunteer, April in Mongolia seemed like a safe time to pack up her snow boots and head to a friend’s for a pig roast. After all, ... read more

The Kindness of Strangers

Posted: 12/1/2014
by Karen Drachler In the developing world, in this case specifically Tanzania, there aren’t road signs. Or maybe there are some, but no one pays them much attention. Directions are always based ... read more

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