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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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English

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Episodes

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

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 of Peaceful Fruits, Suriname 2011-2013

7/10/2018
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After the challenge of serving in a village deep in the rainforest of Suriname, Evan was up for another: becoming an entrepreneur and creating a company that would provide sustainable income to Amazon communities via delicious, healthy fruit snacks. In perfect Peace Corps fashion, Evan started Peaceful Fruits with a batch of fruit snacks made in his mother's oven, packaged in ziplock bags, that he sold at his local farmer's market. [...] The post Out of the rainforest and on to Shark Tank –...

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