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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

Serving at 64 – Craig Hahn, Moldova 2011

12/11/2018
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Photo’s from Craig’s Story Craig Hahn’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? Moldova 2011 Teaching health (preventative) education. What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories? Working with the children at the orphanage for those with tuberculosis. What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories? [...] The post Serving at 64 – Craig Hahn, Moldova 2011 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:37:28

Jedd and Michelle Chang

12/4/2018
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We served in Jamaica 2012-14. Michelle did literacy tutoring at a rural primary school while Jedd helped start up a brand new community center in town and taught basic computer classes to senior citizens. [...] The post Jedd and Michelle Chang appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:52:49

Invested interests – Chris Norris, Costa Rica ’09-11

11/27/2018
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Chris Norris’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? Costa Rica, 2009-2011, Youth and Economic Development – taught business classes to teens and adults, taught English, did multi-use court infrastructure project, soccer tournament, wrote grant to build computer lab and get computers in high school. What is one of [...] The post Invested interests – Chris Norris, Costa Rica ’09-11 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:47:42

Artezanz – Born in the Peace Corps: Stephen McBay and Kevin Ryterski, Paraguay 2015-2017

11/20/2018
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Stephen McBay and Kevin Ryterski served as Community Economic Development volunteers in Paraguay. After their service, they found a way to continue to serve. Through their company Artezanz, they are working with the Artisan Community, both established and up and coming, to create an online marketplace where global goods can be made available to anyone. Kevin and Stephan give the artisan direct access to the site, so they can remove the need for a middleman and sell their products directly to...

Duration:00:51:53

Redefining Remote – Chelsea and Kyle Pease, Lesotho 14-16

11/13/2018
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Photos from Chelsea and Kyle’s Story Chelsea and Kyle Pease’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? We served together as a married couple in Lesotho, Africa from 2014-2016, both as education volunteers. We lived in Motete, a village in the mountains about six hours from the nearest [...] The post Redefining Remote – Chelsea and Kyle Pease, Lesotho 14-16 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:01:13:05

Bob Vila – Peace Corps Panama to This Old House

11/6/2018
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Before Bob Vila begin his life in broadcasting, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, building houses and communities in Panama. Mr. Vila even built the very house he lived in during his service! [...] The post Bob Vila – Peace Corps Panama to This Old House appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:46:47

Culture and Witchcraft – Taylor Nelson, Zambia 2016-2018

10/30/2018
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The culture of a new country can be a beautiful thing to behold. Yet, sometimes cultures and traditions of another group can run counter to your believes or even be downright dangerous to those who practice them. Taylor Nelson experienced this first hand, as she worked as a health volunteer while navigating around traditional witchcraft practices of Zambia. [...] The post Culture and Witchcraft – Taylor Nelson, Zambia 2016-2018 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:42:48

Born a Backpacker – Nia Chauvin, Mozambique 2007-09

10/23/2018
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Nia Chauvin served as an English teacher in small northern town in Mozambique from 2007-2009. While serving, she fell in love with her now husband and fell deeper in love with traveling. Now, Nia continues to travel the world with her husband and their young son. Through her website Born a Backpacker, she wants to show other parents that they can continue to travel with children, especially to countries where Peace Corps Volunteers call home. [...] The post Born a Backpacker – Nia Chauvin,...

Duration:00:53:26

Ramadan with Meryl Streep – Olivia DiNucci, Morocco 2013-17

10/16/2018
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Peace Corps Volunteers come away form their service with amazing stories, like the time when Olivia DiNucci broke her fast for Ramadan with Meryl Streep and later met Michelle Obama. Yet, the things that mean the most to volunteers aren't usually the stories of adventure or meeting the First Lady. Rather, they are the friendships we make with the citizens of the countries with serve in and the friendship we forge when sharing food and drink. While these are the harder stories to tell, they...

Duration:00:41:18

Facing Fears and Chikungunya – Michaela Sanchez, Nicaragua 2014-16

10/9/2018
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Michaela Sanchez served in a village in Nicaragua where she taught English in a community center started by a former volunteer and worked with Nicaraguan English teachers to improve their teaching abilities. Hear her story on this week's episode of the podcast. [...] The post Facing Fears and Chikungunya – Michaela Sanchez, Nicaragua 2014-16 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:42:01

Former Peace Corps Director – Ron Tschetter, India 1966-68

10/2/2018
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Ron Tschetter's Peace Corps story all started in the mid 60's when he saw a Peace Corps ad and said to his wife, "We're going to do this work stuff the rest of our lives. Let's go out and see if we can do some good." Little did he know he would go on to sit on the National Peace Corps Association board and eventually serve as as the 17th Director of the Peace Corps. [...] The post Former Peace Corps Director – Ron Tschetter, India 1966-68 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:01:01:47

Musical Houses – Veronica Bottalico, Costa Rica 2016-17

9/25/2018
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Veronica Bottalico served in Costa Rica as an English teacher in a community driven by the tourism and ornamental foliage industries. She talks about residing in a house that could have been the set of a telenovela, living in a home overrun with mold, and eventually living in a tropical paradise. [...] The post Musical Houses – Veronica Bottalico, Costa Rica 2016-17 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:55:45

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

9/18/2018
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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 was not defined by what he couldn't do but what he could do better than anyone else. [...] The post Serving with a Disability – Tony Skow, Guyana 2015-17 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:39:40

Microsoft to Malawi to Village X – Michael Buckler, Malawi 2006-08

9/11/2018
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Michael Buckler stepped away from a job as a litigator representing Microsoft to pursue his dream to serve in the Peace Corps. During his service, Michael fell in love with Malawi and became increasing frustrated with what he saw happening around him. Even has aid and development groups were pouring a billion dollars into Malawi, resulting in countless projects, the rural poor were becoming poorer. After returning from Peace Corps Malawi in late 2008, Mike began searching for ways to improve...

Duration:01:15:28

Her father met her mother while serving in Peru, Julie SIfuentes – Peace Corps Kid

9/4/2018
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Julie Sifuentes would not be here if it weren’t for the Peace Corps (and the picture of Machu Picchu on a National Geographic cover that lured her father to Perú). And while there are so many things that have shaped who she is, being a Peace Corps kid, is a really important one. [...] The post Her father met her mother while serving in Peru, Julie SIfuentes – Peace Corps Kid appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration:00:50:36

His uncle’s passing in the Peace Corps inspired him to serve – Darryl Glotfelty, Tanzania 2013-2016

8/28/2018
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Growing up, Darryl Glotfelty would look around the house at keepsakes that his parents had accumulated over the years, but was particularly drawn to a few objects that didn’t quite fit in with the Appalachian décor. The red drum, batiks, and picture of his uncle in his Togolese dress all piqued Darryl's interest. Sadly, his uncle passed away during his Peace Corps service, before Darryl was born. Yet, he inspired Darryl to serve many years later. [...] The post His uncle’s passing in the...

Duration:00:53:31

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