Ep #002: Joan Barker, Niger 2005-07

Niger Peace Corps Volunteer

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.

On this Episode:

  • Joan joins the show as the first fellow storyteller and kicks off the My Peace Corps Story podcast with an array of rich and entertaining stories.
  • We discuss the feeling of failure that often plagues volunteers
  • Why it is important to partner with local leaders and community groups

Photos from Joan’s Service

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Joan’s Peace Corps Story

What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories? 

Walking the route from my village post to the paved road, four miles away, through fields of millet.

What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

Being at odds with village leaders, unrealistic expectations, and being bitten by a rabid dog.

What do you miss about the Peace Corps?

I miss the tight knit nature of the PC volunteer group.

Do you have a favorite quote or local saying that you’d like to share?

Sannu, sannu, ba ta hana zuwa (Going slowly doesn’t prevent one from getting there) – i.e. slow and steady wins the race.


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