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Africa

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From Czechoslovakia to Africa
I was born and grew up in Czechoslovakia, did competitive ballroom dancing, escaped in 1986 through Yugoslavia, came to the USA, learned English, earned a ...
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Learning of Loss and Dignity
Each school day in the town of Anecho began with our 400 students lining up in the quad outside their respective classrooms. Headmaster Etienne Adotevi ...
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The Story of a Little Boy with a Broken Arm
Journal entry, Bignona, Senegal, January 1967: A few weeks ago, a little boy came over to show us that his wrist was swollen stiff. It ...
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Kindness of Strangers
Picture a tiny village, just a few houses next to the lagoon that separates Keta—a coastal town and the center of traditional Ewe weaving—from Ghana’s ...
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Sixty-five Latrines
We always began digging a hole in the early morning…..and covered it with tin so no one would fall in the hole during the night.
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A Daughter’s Pride
Arianna (Ari) Richard Eswatini 2017-2019 The first time someone called me their daughter in Eswatini, I felt intensely grateful before a sadness descended into my ...
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Asia

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  • MALAYSIA
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Sima participates in an anti-drug and HIV awareness Mural project with high school students in Phrao, Chiang Mai
Pai nai ka? Where are you going?
To my grandchildren: Once, your Mama Sima decided to go from her home in America to Thailand and become friends with people there and help them ...
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With A Goal in Mind
My Peace Corps assignment was, by choice, in the Borneo ulu, half a day or more upriver into the equatorial rainforest. Ulu is a native ...
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Wearing the Queen’s Dress
As a little girl in South Dakota, I would often steal away to a small bookcase in the living room of our farmhouse. Since I ...
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For Those Who Question the Value of Peace Corps Service
My story begins in 1966 and is an account of what I believed for 37 years to be a failed project. I had many opportunities ...
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High Altitude Recipes
When I passed the Peace Corps exam in 1965, I was working as a secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. I called ...
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Coconut Creations
Elinor Capehart Philippines - 1961-63 Before the road between Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Orientale, and our village of ....
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EASTERN EUROPE AND
CENTRAL ASIA

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  • AFGHANISTAN
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What I Learned in Poland
Christine A. Wolf Poland - 1996-1998 My gratitude for Adam’s skillful driving, combined with Poland’s complicated history and growing pains, had transformed my admiration for ...
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Man on a Mission
Louis Giancola India, 1965-67 In the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, the Peace Corps assigned 30 volunteers to promote ....
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Using a Straw to Fix Power Sprayers.
Laurence Rubel India 1969-1971 In 1969 I was a member of a Peace Corps agricultural extension project sent to Thanjavur District, Tamil...
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Mystical Music
John Long Afghanistan 1973-1975 Shah mohammmed and I climbed out of the taxi, a Russian Volga, on the two-lane dirt road of the...
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Tea-time in an Iranian School
Jim Heideman Iran 1974-1976 Each morning the jeep panel-delivery truck from the Mianeh Office of Education exited the traffic circle...
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Natanz Ceramics
Peter Deekle Iran 1968–1970 After living in two relatively cosmopolitan cities during my first four months in Iran, the Peace Corps...
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LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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  • HONDURAS
  • PERU
  • ST. LUCIA
A PCV Joins the Honduran Army (Almost)
Leonardo Alonso, D.O. Honduras 1982-84 In 1982, fresh out of college, I joined the Peace Corps, as a first generation Cuban-American.
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El Sueño Americano
Terese Maineri de Velasquez Guatemala 2003-2005 At age seven, I begged my mom to buy a tiny acrylic painting featuring a Guatemalan woman wearing traje,
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Project Feasibility vs. Pleasing the People
Mahlon Barash Peru 1965-1967
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Two Cultures Intertwined
Douglas Newlin El Salvador, 1965-67 In Nueva Esparta, El Salvador, I was a health educator and an advisor overseeing the construction of ....
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Fishing with Dynamite
Chic Dambach Colombia, 1967-1969 In my coastal community of Albornos and throughout rural Colombia, a machete is a universal tool...
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Miriam’s Dream
Joe Thigpen Brazil – 1963-1965 I was a 21-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer working in community development in Capinzal, Santa...
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NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

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  • MOROCCO
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Silk Shirt vs. Hair Shirt Volunteers
I was one of the agriculture/forestry volunteers in Morocco with degrees in the areas in which we were assigned to work. At that time, ten years ...
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Treasures of Morocco
Richard Wallace Morocco 1977-1979 My travels to produce Ministry of Agriculture films and printed materials enhanced my appreciation...
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Jebel Sabir Dress
Peggy Schaeffer Yemen 1978–1979 I had hardly heard of the place in 1978, when a Peace Corps recruiter called and said, “How about...
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Non-buyer’s Remorse
Sharon Keld Morocco 2006–2008 I served in small business development in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Azrou, a market...
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PACIFIC ISLANDS

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  • KIRIBATI
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  • VANUATU
Dear Kiribati
Michael Roman Kiribati - 2000-2002 Dear Kiribati -It’s been twenty-two years since I first breathed your hot, salty air, waded in your warm turquoise....
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Blending Custom and Law
Don Bliss Micronesia - 1966-68 My future wife and I met in training in 1966 and headed to Ponape. The island was home for about...
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Sheila N. with Class
Nothing to Give You But This
Sheila Newlin Papua New Guinea, 2000 From a small winter-cold town in Wyoming, I headed to my teaching assignment in Papua New Guinea...
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Sleeping Mat
Richard Sundt Micronesia, Marshall Islands 1967-1969 Yemen 1978–1979 In much of the world, people take their furniture for granted. Among the people who live on ...
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Coconut Bird
Jack and Anne Weiss Micronesia, 1966–1968 “The main thing is to listen to people before you start a program, and then to work at their ...
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A Family Connection
Jennifer Neczypor Vanuatu 2009–2011 A new volunteer, I clambered into the open back of a truck on my way to a village school on the island...
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