Cindy Handle served in Uganda as a Community Economic Development volunteer. Her love of volunteerism started when working with Amnesty International in undergrad and continued to grow into a passion for helping others. On this episode, she reflects on her service, a year after returning home.
I interview Yadezi Abreu about her time in Peace Corps Colombia, thus far, as a Colombian American. Not only is she Colombian, her family is from the region where she serves, and her grandfather lives close by. Yet, her service has not been without struggle, and much of that struggle comes from being Colombian.
After reading my Peace Corps memoir, Sheev had several questions and comments that he sent me. This started the idea to have in on the show, both as a guest and as a host. We talk about the writing process, my service, and my unfiltered, raw account of my time in the Peace Corps.
How would you sum up two years of service abroad filled with highs, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and a handful of lows. Sheev and I discuss his time as a Clinic Health Volunteer in Botswana, the highs, lows, and in-betweens.
Blake and Helen started Tiny House Coffee Roasters while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua, to work hand in hand with members of their communities. They collaborate directly with local producers, sharing more work and more benefits.
Catherine Cottam served in South Africa in 2013. She was medically separated five months into service when she developed depression and eventually Bipolar Disorder. Yet, her service should be defined by more than mental health issues.
Could you find Georgia on a map? No, not the state, the Republic of Georgia. This episode, I talk with Scott Skinner about his time in Georgia as an Education and Youth Development Volunteer. While he did hone his wood chopping skills in the far northern region Georgia, he learned many other skills and lessons that he uses each and every day.
This episode, I take some time to talk about the My Peace Corps Story podcast and share a little more about my service in Burkina Faso. In this bonus, I confront my lifelong fear of reading aloud (sort of) and read the first two chapters of my book, Service Disrupted, with the addition of a few added soundscapes. I’d love to know what you think. Enjoy!
Liz Fanning served in Morocco from 1993 to 1995 as Parks, Wildlife and Environmental Education volunteer. Twenty years after serving, she founded CorpsAfrica, which offers the same transformative experience as the Peace Corps to emerging leaders in Africa – giving them the chance to be a part of the solution for their own countries.
Travis Hellstrom served in Mongolia, 2008-2011, where he met his wife Tunga. He has a passion for happiness, simplicity, love, authenticity, and optimism. We talk about his service, meeting his wife, and his work to spread optimism.