Ep #009: Catherine Cottam, South Africa 2013

September 19, 2017

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.  […]


Ep #008: Scott Skinner, Republic of Georgia 2012-2014

September 12, 2017

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. […]


Bonus Episode: Service Disrupted, My Peace Corps Story

September 8, 2017

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! […]


Ep #007: Liz Fanning, Morocco 1993-95

September 5, 2017

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. […]


Ep #006: Travis Hellstrom, Mongolia 2008-2011

August 29, 2017

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. […]


Ep #005: Haley Erickson, Guatemala 2009

August 22, 2017

While in training, Haley Erickson was Administratively Separated from the Peace Corps, kicked out before she swore in and began her service. She talks about her short time in Guatemala and what happened. […]


Ep #004: Chris Cannito, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2015-18

August 15, 2017

While Chris Cannito is Primary Literacy volunteer serving in the Eastern Caribbean, his service is more than empowering students to read. After class, he puts down the books and laces up his cleats, to help coach the national rugby team. Listen to Chris’s Peace Corps story, as he finishes his second year of service and prepares to extend for a third and final year in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. […]


Ep #003: Rachel Micklas, Ethiopia 2012-14

August 8, 2017

Rachel Micklas lands in her Ethiopian village with a desire to share her love of soccer. Soon after arriving, she forms a soccer team of young girls, who have never played on a team. Months later, they find themselves in the finals of the regional soccer tournament, several players down, fighting for the championship. Listen to hear the rest of this story and more, from Rachel Micklas’s service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. […]

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Ep #002: Joan Barker, Niger 2005-07

August 8, 2017

Joan served as a Community Health Agent in Niger from 2005 to 2007. This episode, she shares her story as a Peace Corps Volunteer. From long peaceful walks through fields of millet to being attacked by a rabid dog, Joan’s service was full of ups and downs. […]

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