Serving with a Disability – Tony Skow, Guyana 2015-17

After being turned away from one opportunity to live and work abroad because of his disability, Tony Skow turned his sites on service in the Peace Corps. While Tony may have a disability, his service in Guyana was not defined by what he couldn’t do but what he could do better than anyone else.

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Tony Skow’s Peace Corps Story

Where and when did you serve? What did you do?

Guyana, South America April 2015- July 2017

What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?

Bought a Hindu bracelet at my local market. The seller noticed I had verbal palsy and offered me a “discount” because I “needed it”. I asked her how long I would have to wear the bracelet before my hand would be “healed”? She responded “trust god” lol

What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

The 2016 presidential election. I didn’t necessarily support who was elected; however I understood that at that moment in time I did work for the US government and I had to act and respond politely. At the same time I needed to demonstrate my values even if they didn’t coincide with that of the elected president.

What do you miss about Peace Corps?

I miss the Music, weather, people, landlords, and food. I am from Minnesota and can’t stand snow, so when Peace Corps asked me where I would like to go, I responded “someplace where it doesn’t snow” so I got near the equator.

What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?

The music has stayed with me. I learned and am still learning how to throw away bad days, and cherish the good ones.

Do you have a favorite quote or local saying?”

“Jus Now” it was the pace at which everything happens in Guyana. It was also an estimate to how long things would take to complete.



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