Ramadan with Meryl Streep – Olivia DiNucci, Morocco 2013-17

October 16, 2018

Peace Corps Volunteers come away form their service with amazing stories, like the time when Olivia DiNucci broke her fast for Ramadan with Meryl Streep and later met Michelle Obama. Yet, the things that mean the most to volunteers aren’t usually the stories of adventure or meeting the First Lady. Rather, they are the friendships we make with the citizens of the countries with serve in and the friendship we forge when sharing food and drink. While these are the harder stories to tell, they are the ones that leave the biggest impact.  […]


Ultimate Peace Corps Packing List

May 25, 2018

Packing for two years of service can be nerve-racking. How do you decide what to bring for the next 27 months of your life? How do you pack everything you need to live halfway around the world into two 50-pound bags, a carry-on, and a personal item? […]

  • Facing Fears and Chikungunya – Michaela Sanchez, Nicaragua 2014-16

    October 9, 2018

    Michaela Sanchez served in a village in Nicaragua where she taught English in a community center started by a former volunteer and worked with Nicaraguan English teachers to improve their teaching abilities. Hear her story on this week’s episode of the podcast.  […]

  • Former Peace Corps Director – Ron Tschetter, India 1966-68

    October 2, 2018

    Ron Tschetter’s Peace Corps story all started in the mid 60’s when he saw a Peace Corps ad and said to his wife, “We’re going to do this work stuff the rest of our lives. Let’s go out and see if we can do some good.” Little did he know he would go on to sit on the National Peace Corps Association board and eventually serve as as the 17th Director of the Peace Corps. […]

  • Musical Houses – Veronica Bottalico, Costa Rica 2016-17

    September 25, 2018

    Veronica Bottalico served in Costa Rica as an English teacher in a community driven by the tourism and ornamental foliage industries. She talks about residing in a house that could have been the set of a telenovela, living in a home overrun with mold, and eventually living in a tropical paradise.  […]

  • Serving with a Disability – Tony Skow, Guyana 2015-17

    September 18, 2018

    After being turned away from one opportunity to live and work abroad because of his disability, Tony Skow turned his sites on service in the Peace Corps. While Tony may have a disability, his service was not defined by what he couldn’t do but what he could do better than anyone else.  […]

  • Microsoft to Malawi to Village X – Michael Buckler, Malawi 2006-08

    September 11, 2018

    Michael Buckler stepped away from a job as a litigator representing Microsoft to pursue his dream to serve in the Peace Corps. During his service, Michael fell in love with Malawi and became increasing frustrated with what he saw happening around him. Even has aid and development groups were pouring a billion dollars into Malawi, resulting in countless projects, the rural poor were becoming poorer. After returning from Peace Corps Malawi in late 2008, Mike began searching for ways to improve development work in sub-Saharan Africa. His answer: Village X. […]

  • Her father met her mother while serving in Peru, Julie SIfuentes – Peace Corps Kid

    September 4, 2018

    Julie Sifuentes would not be here if it weren’t for the Peace Corps (and the picture of Machu Picchu on a National Geographic cover that lured her father to Perú). And while there are so many things that have shaped who she is, being a Peace Corps kid, is a really important one. […]

Service Disrupted

Service Disrupted is a telling memoir of what went both right and wrong for volunteer Tyler Lloyd while serving in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.

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