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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

Ep #026: Ven & Kelly Anderson, Tanzania 2014-2017

1/16/2018
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Ven and Kelly Anderson served as Education volunteers in a Tanzanian village situated at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. This alone would provide for amazing Peace Corps stories, but their story is made more interesting by the fact that they served as a married couple in their 40's. Hear their story and perspective on service as mid-career volunteers. [...] The post Ep #026: Ven & Kelly Anderson, Tanzania 2014-2017 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:46:59


Ep #025: Elizabeth Ault, El Salvador 2006-2008

1/9/2018
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"I was sued for $7 by a drunk ice cream salesman in the village that I worked in." - Elizabeth Ault. [...] The post Ep #025: Elizabeth Ault, El Salvador 2006-2008 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:37:46


Ep #024: Jaclyn Zoccoli, Liberia 1966-1968

1/2/2018
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When Jaclyn Zoccoli reflects back on her Peace Corps service in Liberia 50 years ago, she asks herself, "What were we able to accomplish?" When she posed that same question to her fellow volunteers of Liberia IX, they were quick to respond. Hear their response and more on this episode of the My Peace Corps Story podcast. [...] The post Ep #024: Jaclyn Zoccoli, Liberia 1966-1968 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:40:13


Ep #023: Greg Emerson, Morocco 2003, Peru 2003-2005

12/26/2017
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Greg Emerson began his Peace Corps journey in Morocco but was evacuated from the country before swearing in, when the US invaded Iraq. Months later, he flew to Peru, where he would spend two years working high in the Andes mountains. [...] The post Ep #023: Greg Emerson, Morocco 2003, Peru 2003-2005 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:57:15


Ep #022: Holidays in the Peace Corps

12/19/2017
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I'm excited to share with you the first thematic My Peace Corps Story episode were I talk with four different Peace Corps volunteers who served across the globe during different decades. They share their holiday Peace Corps stories and reflect on the their time abroad. [...] The post Ep #022: Holidays in the Peace Corps appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:24:51


Ep #021: Charles McKinney IV, Macedonia 2015-2017

12/12/2017
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It was hard for Charles McKinney not to stick out when he served as a person of color in the predominantly Caucasian country of Macedonia. Learn how this impacted and shaped his Peace Corps service. [...] The post Ep #021: Charles McKinney IV, Macedonia 2015-2017 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:38:59


Ep #020: Katherine Fitch, Ukraine 2016-Now

12/5/2017
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A week before Katherine is to hold her first big event as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, things didn't look good. The only performers she had for the Youth Center's Christmas Concert were the English Christmas Carol Club and with no budget for decorations, everything had to be made by hand. But, in true Peace Corps fashion, everything falls into place at the last moment. Hear this story and the rest of Katherine's Peace Corps story. [...] The post Ep #020: Katherine Fitch, Ukraine...

Duration: 00:37:28


Ep #019: National Peace Corps Association – Giving Tuesday

11/28/2017
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You've had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now take part in Giving Tuesday. On this episode, learn more about the National Peace Corps Association and why you should donate today. [...] The post Ep #019: National Peace Corps Association – Giving Tuesday appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:27:16


Ep #018: Ray Myers, India 1966-68

11/21/2017
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During a decade defined by the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and rock 'n' roll in the US, Ray found himself in India training future teachers, building kitchens, and learning to play the drums with new friends. [...] The post Ep #018: Ray Myers, India 1966-68 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:38:57


Ep #017: Taylor Faiella, Fiji 2015-2017

11/14/2017
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Days from the end of her service, Taylor's house was set on fire, sending a clear message that someone no longer wanted her there. That feeling, however, was only shared by one person in Fiji, a community that loved her as much as she loved them. [...] The post Ep #017: Taylor Faiella, Fiji 2015-2017 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:41:44


Ep #016: Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014

11/7/2017
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Lizzie Pelz, an LGBTQ+ volunteer, served in Ethiopia from 2012 to 2014. While her experience is not the same as all LGBTQ+ PCVs, we talk about going back into the closet, finding support, and the difficulties faced while serving in the Peace Corps. [...] The post Ep #016: Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:41:10


Ep #015: Christine Blackburn, Kingdom of Tonga 1996-1997

10/31/2017
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Christine Blackburn, a 3-time Moth Story Slam winner, renowned storyteller and podcaster, tells the story of her time in Tonga. [...] The post Ep #015: Christine Blackburn, Kingdom of Tonga 1996-1997 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:32:52


Ep #014: Jennifer Bangoura, Mali 2008-2012

10/24/2017
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Jennifer Bangoura served in Mali from 2008 to 2012, first as an Environment Specialist in a village of 1,000 people nine hours north of Bamako, then in Bamako where she worked on a USAID-funded education contract as a Communications Specialist. We talk about a few of our shared interest, the Peace Corps and photography, and learn more about her Peace Corps story. [...] The post Ep #014: Jennifer Bangoura, Mali 2008-2012 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:37:31


Ep #013: Cindy Handle, Uganda 2014-16

10/17/2017
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Cindy Handle served in Uganda as a Community Economic Development volunteer. Her love of volunteerism started when working with Amnesty International in undergrad and continued to grow into a passion for helping others. On this episode, she reflects on her service, a year after returning home. [...] The post Ep #013: Cindy Handle, Uganda 2014-16 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:34:13


Ep #012: Yadezi Abreu, Colombia 2016-2018

10/10/2017
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I interview Yadezi Abreu about her time in Peace Corps Colombia, thus far, as a Colombian American. Not only is she Colombian, her family is from the region where she serves, and her grandfather lives close by. Yet, her service has not been without struggle, and much of that struggle comes from being Colombian. [...] The post Ep #012: Yadezi Abreu, Colombia 2016-2018 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:33:36


Bonus Episode – Guest Host Sheev Davé Interviews Me

10/6/2017
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After reading my Peace Corps memoir, Sheev had several questions and comments that he sent me. This started the idea to have in on the show, both as a guest and as a host. We talk about the writing process, my service, and my unfiltered, raw account of my time in the Peace Corps. [...] The post Bonus Episode – Guest Host Sheev Davé Interviews Me appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:59:59


Ep #011: Sheev Davé, Botswana 2013-2015

10/3/2017
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How would you sum up two years of service abroad filled with highs, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and a handful of lows. Sheev and I discuss his time as a Clinic Health Volunteer in Botswana, the highs, lows, and in-betweens. [...] The post Ep #011: Sheev Davé, Botswana 2013-2015 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:39:55


Ep #010: Helen Schafer and Blake Thomas of Tiny House Coffee Roasters, Nicaragua 2012-2014

9/26/2017
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Blake and Helen started Tiny House Coffee Roasters while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua, to work hand in hand with members of their communities. They collaborate directly with local producers, sharing more work and more benefits. [...] The post Ep #010: Helen Schafer and Blake Thomas of Tiny House Coffee Roasters, Nicaragua 2012-2014 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:41:08


Ep #009: Catherine Cottam, South Africa 2013

9/19/2017
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Catherine Cottam served in South Africa in 2013. She was medically separated five months into service when she developed depression and eventually Bipolar Disorder. Yet, her service should be defined by more than mental health issues. [...] The post Ep #009: Catherine Cottam, South Africa 2013 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:30:26


Episode #008: Scott Skinner, Republic of Georgia 2012-2014

9/12/2017
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Could you find Georgia on a map? No, not the state, the Republic of Georgia. This episode, I talk with Scott Skinner about his time in Georgia as an Education and Youth Development Volunteer. While he did hone his wood chopping skills in the far northern region Georgia, he learned many other skills and lessons that he uses each and every day. [...] The post Episode #008: Scott Skinner, Republic of Georgia 2012-2014 appeared first on My Peace Corps Story.

Duration: 00:33:23

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