From the traditional (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah) to the fun (Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day) and the obscure (Roadkill Cook-off, Burning Man, the Gilroy Garlic Festival), Americans celebrate many different festivals with friends, family and strangers alike.
I spent the week embarking on a serious, in-depth and investigative journalistic interview process. My subjects? Two nine-year-olds who grew up 5,000 miles apart from one another. My purpose? To compare the life of an American third-grader to the life of a Moldovan third-grader. The results? Pretty darn cute. Meet […]
“I don’t want to go to Nicaragua,” I grumbled to my mom as I sat in the passenger’s seat, wrinkling my nose. She had just asked me if I was excited about my new Peace Corps assignment. I still wasn’t sure if I would actually go, but I said […]
What does a butterfly have to do with serving in the Peace Corps? As a Peace Corps Response Volunteer from July 2014 to March 2015, I had the opportunity to raise thousands of butterflies for an exhibit in El Salvador.
When I started a pen pals project between my elementary school in The Gambia and various classes in the States, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought a letter exchange could be a simple first project for me to start. What I forgot, […]
Yes, you read that right: should not. The Peace Corps used to have a saying: “At Peace Corps we are practical idealists.” Those kind of crazy ideas make returned Peace Corps Volunteers terrible employees. Here are a few reasons why hiring a returned Peace Corps Volunteer will ruin […]
We arrive in Chiclayo in time for dinner – a boisterous affair with a half-dozen Peace Corps Volunteers, cabrito and tacu tacu and other local delicacies (notwithstanding the calzone that one Volunteer ordered) and, of course, the now-customary Marinera performance (though I don’t think I could ever tire of watching such expressive […]
Peace Corps Malawi was the most influential experience of my life. It was incredibly hard emotionally, and sometimes physically, but it exposed me to a new reality (one with a lot less artifice and window dressing) and allowed me to confront the truth of developing country life in […]
In Moche, a northern city best known for its rich history of pre-Inca civilization, our first stop is a freshly painted mural near the main city square. Rumor has it that a Peace Corps Volunteer has been painted into the scene – a colorful, elaborate tableau featuring community […]
I am so happy that this is a trip focused on Volunteer visits. Getting to meet with our amazing Cuerpo de Paz (as Peace Corps is known in Peru) Volunteers, seeing the tremendous passion they have for our mission and the love they feel for the communities they serve […]