Stories of Kentucky’s Engagement with the World

February 19, 2019

On November 17, 2018, the Kentucky Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, with a grant from the National Peace Corps Association, held a day-long event centered around international experiences. This episode comes from audio recorded during that event. […]


The Third Culture of Peace Corps – Allison Meredith Smith, Macedonia 14-16

February 12, 2019

Working with a non-government funded organization (NGO) I worked closely with the youth of my community creating sustainable projects primarily centered around eco-awareness and the arts. My secondary projects included an after school program that bridged the gaps between American and Macedonian culture, facilitating courses on college prep or the importance of volunteering, and co-lead the National English Essay Challenge (NEEC). […]


Finding Community in a Gym – Kelly Branyik, China 2014-2016

February 5, 2019

“I miss my family and friends. I miss the food. I miss the ease of walking everywhere and the accessibility to cross-country transportation. I miss my healthy lifestyle. Feeling free and like I could do anything. Having no bills to worry about.” – Kelly Branyik, RPCV China […]


Happy New Year from Tyler Lloyd

January 1, 2019

I hope you had a great 2018 and have an even more amazing 2019. You’ll be hearing from me in February. Until then, I wish you the very best and want you to remember that every volunteer has a story. What’s yours? […]


Peace Corps Pup – Michelle Claus (and Sipi), Uganda 12-14

December 18, 2018

Michelle Claus didn’t go into Peace Corps expecting to have a pet, but after her house was broken into she thought getting a dog would be a good idea. You know, for security. But, she’d only have her dog during service. She wasn’t going to bring him home. Yet, Sipi had other plans… […]


Serving at 64 – Craig Hahn, Moldova 2011

December 11, 2018

Photo’s from Craig’s Story Craig Hahn’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? Moldova 2011 Teaching health (preventative) education. What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories? Working with the children at the orphanage for those with tuberculosis. What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories? […]

Peace Corps Jamaica

Jedd and Michelle Chang

December 4, 2018

We served in Jamaica 2012-14. Michelle did literacy tutoring at a rural primary school while Jedd helped start up a brand new community center in town and taught basic computer classes to senior citizens. […]

Costa Rica

Invested interests – Chris Norris, Costa Rica ’09-11

November 27, 2018

Chris Norris’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? Costa Rica, 2009-2011, Youth and Economic Development – taught business classes to teens and adults, taught English, did multi-use court infrastructure project, soccer tournament, wrote grant to build computer lab and get computers in high school. What is one of […]


Artezanz – Born in the Peace Corps: Stephen McBay and Kevin Ryterski, Paraguay 2015-2017

November 20, 2018

Stephen McBay and Kevin Ryterski served as Community Economic Development volunteers in Paraguay. After their service, they found a way to continue to serve. Through their company Artezanz, they are working with the Artisan Community, both established and up and coming, to create an online marketplace where global goods can be made available to anyone. Kevin and Stephan give the artisan direct access to the site, so they can remove the need for a middleman and sell their products directly to you!  […]

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