Volunteer Stories

Evacuated Volunteers: Ukraine

Posted: 4/15/2014 10:35 PM
On February 24, 2014 Peace Corps officially announced that it had evacuated 200 volunteers from Ukraine. NorCal interviewed volunteers who among those evacuated. ... read more

The Many Identities of Eastern Ukraine

Posted: 4/15/2014 9:53 PM
Eastern Ukraine has captured worldwide attention.  To give context to these events we interviewed three recently returned Volunteers who served in the Eastern Ukraine: Jing Li, Julia Lee and, Kyle Borley ... read more

Three Poems

Posted: 3/4/2014 11:49 PM
He wears his wife’s black, sequined slippers.
He cooks dinner, not his forte, “to help.”
A Dominican Papi.
... read more

Baobab Blessings

Posted: 3/4/2014 11:42 PM
Baobab blessings shower these fields. Rows of hunched backs Sprout dabas raised to plow. Will rain come, To follow the shot of dolo, a calabash of beer ... read more

The Marlay Peace Corps Legacy

Posted: 2/1/2014 6:04 PM
By John Hoban It’s not every child who grows up being scolded in Tagalog (a local Philippines language), but then again Daniel Marlay did not grow up in an average American family. He was part of a ... read more

Fishing for a Purpose

Posted: 2/1/2014 5:54 PM
By Athalia Markowitz Matt Young is a second generation Peace Corps Volunteer living and working in rural Zambia in rural aquaculture promotion. His father, John Young (RPCV Papua New Guinea 81-85), w ... read more

Marriage to an RPCV – The Experience of a Lifetime

Posted: 12/15/2013 10:56 PM
What is it like being married to a Peace Corps Volunteer? Is it any different than other marriages? ... read more

When Life is not a Beach ...

Posted: 11/3/2013 2:51 PM
Athalia Markowitz Annika Dubrall (Mauritania 2003-2005) found out she was going to Mauritania in a letter from Peace Corps headquarters during her senior year at CAL. When read the name “Mauritania ... read more

Women from Vanuatu to Nicaragua

Posted: 11/3/2013 2:40 PM
By Kseniya Fenner (Ukraine 2011-2013) Brianna Russell served in Vanuatu (located in the South Pacific) from 2008-2010 as a Business volunteer on the island of Paama. She worked as an advisor for t ... read more

The French Connection

Posted: 10/13/2013 8:10 AM
Zach Matheson talks presenting his Peace Corps Story was scarier than Peace Corps itself. ... read more

Returning to Country of Service

Posted: 9/8/2013 9:57 AM
Local RPCVs return to their site of service, as friends and partners in development. ... read more

Early Termination (ET)

Posted: 8/8/2013 12:59 AM
By Bryan A. Lemos Due to the sensitive nature of this article, volunteer names have been changed. The factual content has not. Living in a developing country comes with certain amazing experi ... read more

It’s the Women who Make the Music in Mali

Posted: 7/10/2013 5:49 PM
By Mary Casagrande “Women were the musical engine in my village,” says RPCV Heather White of her village, Kyro, but this description doesn’t match what others see. “When people look at the music la ... read more

When My Arabic Failed Me, Music Never Did

Posted: 7/10/2013 5:22 PM
By Sharon Heiny Armed with a small acoustic guitar, Socorra Camposanto left for Peace Corps Morocco in March 2010. While music wasn’t her primary focus, Socorra notes: “Anything I did related ... read more

Military Service - Letter to Editor

Posted: 6/11/2013 9:24 AM
I was particularly interested in Will's write-up on our RPCV colleague from Hong Kong, Ready to Serve Again, who took his RPCV service into Air Force service, and was able to apply it so well; not onl ... read more

Little Bears with a Big Impact

Posted: 6/9/2013 8:05 PM
By Michelle Kanda Berd, (pronounced Baird), Armenia, is a small town five kilometers from the Azerbaijan border. It’s rural, isolated, and forgotten by the rest of the country. Since the fall of t ... read more

However Long the Night

Posted: 6/9/2013 7:42 PM
The most difficult challenge Peace Corps Volunteers inevitably face is a custom they find morally repugnant. Part of them says not to judge and the other part feels like they cannot stand by and do nothing. Molly Melching illuminates a middle path. ... read more

Ready to Serve Again

Posted: 5/8/2013 12:31 AM
Although some may think there’s a contradiction between Peace Corps service and military service Waikwong view both as honorable ways to serve his adopted country. ... read more

Peace Corps at Mid-Life

Posted: 4/2/2013 12:29 AM
By Virginia Lee Jay Davidson (Mauritania 03-05) was 13 when JFK was inaugurated and created the Peace Corps. Inspired by this event, as so many of that generation had been, it was a lifelong dre ... read more


Posted: 4/1/2013 11:48 PM
Ellen Davis By Athalia Markowitz Ellen Davis-Zapata (Guatemala 1992-1994) had already raised four kids when she realized she had forgotten to join the Peace Corps. For three months she contemplat ... read more