Jody Olsen first heard of the Peace Corps during a presentation from a recruiter attending a sorority dinner. The following day she informed her fiancé that they were going to join the Peace Corps and 18 months later they were headed to Tunisia. Almost 50 years after her service ended, she was sworn in as the 20th Director of Peace Corps. This is her story.
For the past two weeks I’ve been either rushing to the bathroom, doubled over in pain, or both. It reminded me a lot of Peace Corps actually. This was the first time I’ve had any major GI issues since Peace Corps, which I assumed hardened my gut and made it impervious to illness. Boy was I wrong.
Being a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer herself, she couldn’t help but think that just such an in-depth, comprehensive documentary was needed for the Peace Corps. Alana says: “In a time when the American public either has a very antiquated notion of the Peace Corps, informed by an almost mythological awe of the 60s, or is not even aware that the agency still exists, it is high time to bring this unique organization back into the public discourse, to raise the level of the discussion from quaint to crucial.”
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, Bryn worked to rehabilitate the country’s highly deforested environment. But Bryn’s drive to serve didn’t end with the Peace Corps.