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Peace Corps Experience

Peace Corps Reflections: Ten Years On

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Taylor Dibbert

There has always been something in my head about public service and giving back and trying, incrementally at least, to make the world a slightly better place, while acknowledging that far too often America's actions abroad, however well-intentioned, do more harm than good.

15 Times Peace Corps Volunteers Were The Original Hipsters

Peace Corps | Posted 09.24.2016 | Travel
Peace Corps

It's a little-known fact that most hipster trends were actually started by Peace Corps Volunteers... Seriously. Just take a look.

For Ebola Response - Think Infrastructure, Not Donations

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

I have no doubt that those who give donations to charities or NGOs working in developing nations have good intentions and are trying to help; the problem is that, most times, this isn't the most effective way to help.

When the Prevention Is the Problem

Allegra Panetto | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Allegra Panetto

There is one thing I would absolutely change about my Peace Corps experience: accepting the default, anti-malarial drug, Lariam, which is known to cause serious, even long-lasting neurologic and psychiatric side effects.

WATCH: Is This The Solution For A Divided America?

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact

With American society apparently becoming increasingly polarized and pessimistic, highlighting our common denominators may be more crucial than ever t...

Peace Corps Guilt

Esther Katcoff | Posted 01.01.2013 | Impact
Esther Katcoff

I tell people I joined the Peace Corps to understand what it means to be poor, but that´s just part of the story. I joined the Peace Corps to figure out how to escape the guilt of having so much while other people have so little.

Two Bags, Two Years: The End of Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

When I got to Botswana, the items in those bags started to lose their importance. Being a Peace Corps Volunteer was a series of constant adjustments.

Peace Corps Volunteers Export Love, Marry Foreign Citizens

Ross Szabo | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The next time you say goodbye to someone joining the Peace Corps remember they could be coming back with more than some awesome stories.

Joining the Peace Corps (part 2) or, a Buddha, a Belgian Priest (and the Brothel)

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 04.24.2012 | Comedy
Amy Lennard Goehner

When I walked in, it looked like a cozy tea room parlor. Several sober women amidst of sea of not-at-all-sober men whisked me upstairs and closed the sliding door. A door with panes made of paper. They guided me to the grandmother's room down the hall -- off limits to men.

Joining the Peace Corps (or How I Learned South Korea Was Not in the Tropics)

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 04.18.2012 | Comedy
Amy Lennard Goehner

Had I known half of the "adventures" that awaited me, I would have come up with a post-college Plan B. And had I done so, I would have lost out on, well, remember the slogan? "The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love."

Peace Corps Service During the Holidays

Ross Szabo | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

During the holidays it's natural for everyone to look back at what they did this year. For Peace Corps volunteers that can come with mixed emotions.

When America Works

Karestan C. Koenen | Posted 01.21.2012 | Impact
Karestan C. Koenen

Nothing can bring Kate Puzey back or make up for the lost potential of her promising life. But, even after death, she continues to make this world a better place.

Everything Makes Sense One Year Into Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 12.06.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

It can be hard to hear that after one year of service things will make more sense and come together, but that sentiment has rung true for many Peace Corps volunteers.

Coping in the Peace Corps

Ross Szabo | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The experience of moving to another country to volunteer has a way of stripping you naked, forcing you to look at yourself without as many distractions or escape routes that are present in the States.