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Since the establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 225,000 Americans have served 141 countries. The My Peace Corps Story Podcast helps tell some of the many diverse and vibrant stories of Peace Corps Volunteers, in their own words. Hear the varied experiences had by generations of Americans when they devoted two or more years of their life to national service abroad. While often cited as a positive, life-changing experience, service in the Peace Corps is not easy. This show portrays Peace Corps service as it is, both the good and the bad. The host of the show, Tyler Lloyd, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and would “gladly and proudly do it all again.” The difficulties and risks of serving abroad, however, should not be understated or taken lightly. My Peace Corps Story Podcast will captivate you with the personal stories of Americans working and living abroad. Each episode, we explore the cultures, communities, and people that make the Peace Corps an unparalleled experience, filled with stories worth telling. Every volunteer has a story. What’s yours?

Since the establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 225,000 Americans have served 141 countries. The My Peace Corps Story Podcast helps tell some of the many diverse and vibrant stories of Peace Corps Volunteers, in their own words. Hear the varied experiences had by generations of Americans when they devoted two or more years of their life to national service abroad. While often cited as a positive, life-changing experience, service in the Peace Corps is not easy. This show portrays Peace Corps service as it is, both the good and the bad. The host of the show, Tyler Lloyd, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and would “gladly and proudly do it all again.” The difficulties and risks of serving abroad, however, should not be understated or taken lightly. My Peace Corps Story Podcast will captivate you with the personal stories of Americans working and living abroad. Each episode, we explore the cultures, communities, and people that make the Peace Corps an unparalleled experience, filled with stories worth telling. Every volunteer has a story. What’s yours?
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Since the establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 225,000 Americans have served 141 countries. The My Peace Corps Story Podcast helps tell some of the many diverse and vibrant stories of Peace Corps Volunteers, in their own words. Hear the varied experiences had by generations of Americans when they devoted two or more years of their life to national service abroad. While often cited as a positive, life-changing experience, service in the Peace Corps is not easy. This show portrays Peace Corps service as it is, both the good and the bad. The host of the show, Tyler Lloyd, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and would “gladly and proudly do it all again.” The difficulties and risks of serving abroad, however, should not be understated or taken lightly. My Peace Corps Story Podcast will captivate you with the personal stories of Americans working and living abroad. Each episode, we explore the cultures, communities, and people that make the Peace Corps an unparalleled experience, filled with stories worth telling. Every volunteer has a story. What’s yours?

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Episodes

Peace Corps to AmeriCorps – Emily Milcent, Indonesia 2016-2018

8/21/2018
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Service doesn't stop when you close your service, and Emily Milcent is a perfect example. She spent two years teaching English in Indonesia and is now starting a new position as an AmeriCorps volunteer. We talk about her in time on Java, the most populated island in the world, her amazing post card project, and why you need rice with every meal. [...] The post Peace Corps to AmeriCorps – Emily Milcent, Indonesia 2016-2018 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:54:45

Teaching English from Zambia to Japan -Shou Yuan, Zambia 2013-2016

8/14/2018
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After three years of serving as a rural education development volunteer in Zambia, where he taught English, Shou Yuan headed for rural Japan to continue teaching English. We talked over Skype during his recent visit home to the US, and explored the similarities and differences of teaching English and living in two very different countries. [...] The post Teaching English from Zambia to Japan -Shou Yuan, Zambia 2013-2016 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:59:51

A Year in Review – Some of My Favorite Stories

8/7/2018
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Today marks a complete year of sharing stories of current and returned volunteers! It has been an amazing year, packed with even more amazing conversations. Each interview has filled me with energy and continually reaffirmed why I started this podcast. [...] The post A Year in Review – Some of My Favorite Stories appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:53:43

The Power of Deeply Integrating – Christopher MacAlpine-Belton, The Dominican Republic 2013-2016

7/31/2018
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Aided by his appearance and language ability, Christopher MacAlpine-Belton was able to deeply integrate into his community in the Dominican Republic. His level of integration allowed him to challenge the status quo and develop rich and meaningful relationships. This week, Christopher reflects on his service, the challenges he and other volunteers faced, and provides tips that any volunteer can use to better integrate into their community. [...] The post The Power of Deeply Integrating –...

Duration:00:38:29

Poop River, Nudity, and Lemurs – Jennifer Nguyen and Christopher Southard, Madagascar 2014-2017

7/24/2018
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Jennifer and Christopher met while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar. Apart from serving in different Peace Corps sectors, they had very different experiences. Hear about their time a Peace Corps Madagascar volunteers in the land of mischevious lemurs and fat baobabs. [...] The post Poop River, Nudity, and Lemurs – Jennifer Nguyen and Christopher Southard, Madagascar 2014-2017 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:01:16:27

Struck by Lightning – Lavar Thomas, Rwanda 2014-2016

7/17/2018
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"A ball of light then flashed before my eyes, as I sat on my bed. It struck my phone and went up my right arm; the pain was quite unbearable. I ran out of my room and collapsed..." [...] The post Struck by Lightning – Lavar Thomas, Rwanda 2014-2016 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:37:35

Out of the rainforest and on to Shark Tank – Evan Delahanty, Suriname 2011-2013

7/10/2018
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Photo from Evan’s Story Evan Delahanty’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? I served in Suriname from 2011-2013 as a Community Economic Development Specialist. I supported projects to improve access to transportation, solar energy, the internet, and higher education. What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories? [...] The post Out of the rainforest and on to Shark Tank – Evan Delahanty, Suriname 2011-2013 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:01:07:56

From Corporate brand manager to Peace Corps Volunteer – Meisha Robinson, Benin 2000-2002, South Africa 2012

7/3/2018
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Meisha Robinson served in Benin as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then again ten years later in South Africa. In between her time as a volunteer, she got an MBA and was the brand manager for Campbell's Soup. What caused her to leave her high paying corporate job and return to life as a volunteer? Learn on this week's episode. [...] The post From Corporate brand manager to Peace Corps Volunteer – Meisha Robinson, Benin 2000-2002, South Africa 2012 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:51:04

Evacuated from civil war – Brian Cooper, Republic of the Congo 1996-97

6/26/2018
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Eating monkey, a 10-day adventure down the Congo river to In-service Training, having two of his friends arrested for being accused of being spies, and evacuated from a civil war. These are only a few of Brian Cooper's stories from his time in the Republic of the Congo. [...] The post Evacuated from civil war – Brian Cooper, Republic of the Congo 1996-97 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:57:30

Should you go back into the closet during Peace Corps? – Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014 (Rebroadcast)

6/19/2018
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This episode is a rebroadcast of Ep #016: Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014, in celebration of Pride Month. On this Episode: Working as a health volunteer to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission Serving as an LGBTQ volunteer The view of homosexuality in Ethiopia Lizzie’s Peace Corps Story “Before I say anything else, I want to make the [...] The post Should you go back into the closet during Peace Corps? – Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014 (Rebroadcast) appeared first on My Peace Corps...

Duration:00:41:54

Gay in the Peace Corps – Patrick Driscoll, Senegal 2014-2016

6/12/2018
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Homosexuality is illegal in Senegal. When Patrick Driscoll found this out before he departed for his Peace Corps service, he was immediately a bit nervous about the next 2 years of his life. Patrick had come out during his senior year of college and was generally accepted by everyone and was quite content. Then, he was moving halfway around the world to essentially "jump back in." [...] The post Gay in the Peace Corps – Patrick Driscoll, Senegal 2014-2016 appeared first on My Peace Corps...

Duration:00:57:01

Marine Corps to Peace Corps, Josh Guerrero, The Gambia 2012-2014

6/5/2018
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Before serving his country as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Josh Guerrero served in the Marine Corps. We talk about his Peace Corps service, the transition from combat boots to flipflops, and essentialism. [...] The post Marine Corps to Peace Corps, Josh Guerrero, The Gambia 2012-2014 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:50:45

Dear listeners, I apologize. I can do better.

6/1/2018
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On this short Friday episode, I issue an apology to the listeners and guests of the My Peace Corps Story podcast. I'm sorry. I can do better. [...] The post Dear listeners, I apologize. I can do better. appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:05:00

Dealing with divorce halfway around the world: John Leos, The Gambia 2015-2017

5/29/2018
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Thousands of miles from home, John Leos contended with failed projects and the unexpected divorce of his parents. But his service in The Gambia, a small West African country bordering the Gambia River and bounded by Senegal, was not defined only by these hardships. On this episode, John fondly remembers his host family, the nephew named after him, his fellow volunteers, and the family cow. [...] The post Dealing with divorce halfway around the world: John Leos, The Gambia 2015-2017...

Duration:00:40:50

Ultimate Peace Corps Packing List

5/25/2018
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Packing for two years of service can be nerve-racking. How do you decide what to bring for the next 27 months of your life? How do you pack everything you need to live halfway around the world into two 50-pound bags, a carry-on, and a personal item? [...] The post Ultimate Peace Corps Packing List appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:10:00

Inspired by a Peace Corps Volunteer, Solomon Amuzu serves Ghana – Ep 044

5/22/2018
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Solomon Amuzu met Peace Corps Volunteer Kate Schachter 16 years ago when she was serving in his Ghanian village. From Kate, Solomon learned about organic farming and the importance of caring for our planet. Sixteen years later, Solomon is now serving his country through his organization, Call to Nature Permaculture. [...] The post Inspired by a Peace Corps Volunteer, Solomon Amuzu serves Ghana – Ep 044 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:23:55

Confronting and Conquering Self-doubt

5/18/2018
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I suffered from self-judgment during my service and continue to have bouts with self-judgment in life after Peace Corps. More important than the stories we tell others are the stories we tell ourselves. Here is how I conquer my self-doubt. [...] The post Confronting and Conquering Self-doubt appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:06:01

Evacuated Days After Swearing-in: Camilla Cluett, Burkina Faso 2017

5/15/2018
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Hours after swearing-in and becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer, Camilla Cluett and her fellow volunteers were consolidated for security concerns. Days later, she was leaving Burkina Faso for good. While her service was short, she gives insights into training and tells us what is to come of her Peace Corps story. [...] The post Evacuated Days After Swearing-in: Camilla Cluett, Burkina Faso 2017 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:23:35

What do you think of a short Friday episode each week?

5/11/2018
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This episode is different, something new that I am going to be trying out for the next month. I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions to it. Think of this as an audio newsletter, update, monologue, and an opportunity for me to talk a little bit more directly with my audience. [...] The post What do you think of a short Friday episode each week? appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:08:46

Ep #042: Nathan Fitch, Micronesia 2004-2007

5/8/2018
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Nathan Fitch is a filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn. He currently works in the video department of The New Yorker and recently finished his first documentary film, Island Solider, based in Micronesia, where served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. [...] The post Ep #042: Nathan Fitch, Micronesia 2004-2007 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:43:22