Ep #006: Travis Hellstrom, Mongolia 2008-2011
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.
On this Episode:
- Serving in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer
- How Travis Hellstrom helped establish the first B-Corp in Mongolia
- The story of when Travis met his wife, Tunga, and that you can fall in love without language
Photos from Travis’s Story
Travis’s Peace Corps Story
Where and when did you serve? What did you do?
I served in Mongolia from 2008-11 and I was a Health Volunteer. I also stayed for a third year and I was a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader and worked in the World Health Organization in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?
Meeting my wife Tunga while working in the Health Department is certainly my favorite memory.
What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?
I have plenty of funny and crazy stories from Peace Corps including the time my workplace tried to replace one of my pipes in my apartment while the water was still running. That story ends with a foot of water in my bathroom and I include it, among many others, in my book Enough.
What do you miss about the Peace Corps?
I miss the direct connection to my desire to help others in my work every day. It’s like living at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs on a daily basis.
What is something you learned in Peace Corps that has stayed with you?
Helping people isn’t a profession like being a doctor, it’s a daily choice and we can always choose to serve those around us in our work every day.
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