Peace Corps Revisited is a podcast that interviews volunteers, exploring everything it means to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.
In episode 17, I'm speaking with Toni Gale about her Peace Corps service in Ukraine from 2017-2019. Toni speaks about the challenges of being a professional woman in a country where business is male-dominant. She also speaks about the close relationship that formed between her and her host family.
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In episode 16 I'm speaking with Ben Taylor, who served in the Federates States of Micronesia from 2012 to 2014. Ben talks about the close relationship that was forged with his host family, as well as many fascinating cultural practices. Ben talks about taking Zumba classes to prepare for Peace Corps service, as well as the dos and don'ts of drinking sakau.
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Join me for episode 15, in which I'm speaking with Carleena Angwin about her Peace Corps Service in Panama from 2001-2003. Carleena hosts the podcast, "The Carleena Show", where she speaks with guests about their hero's journey. Carleena speaks about coming from a "sheltered, rural background" and joining the Peace Corps the day before 9/11 occurred.
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After taking a hiatus from podcasting, please join me for episode 14, where I’m speaking with Nate Balk, a current PCV serving in Morocco. Nate has been incredibly proactive and passionate about his service as a Youth Development Volunteer, and is working on a number of successful projects. Nate discusses the joys and challenges of serving in an urban community, as well as being a Jewish volunteer in an Islamic country.
In episode 13, I'm speaking with Jacob Gandolfi about his service in Nicaragua from 2017-2018. Jake served in a rural community in southern Nicaragua and stayed with a host family who he became very close to throughout service. Jake was evacuated from Nicaragua, along with his fellow volunteers, when Peace Corps service was suspended in Nicaragua due to political instability.
During episode 12, I'm speaking with Anastasia Bannikova, who served in Ghana from 2014-2018, as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Ukraine from 2018-2019, and is currently serving in Armenia. Anastasia was born and raised in Kazakhstan, and was taught and mentored as a girl by a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in her community. She has since become a naturalized citizen of the U.S. ----more----
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In episode 11, I'm speaking with Justin Tabor, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 2008-2011 as an education volunteer. Justin extended a year to continue service as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader. Justin is currently working as a Peace Corps placement officer, and gives great advice for prospective volunteers. He is also working on an NGO in the Philippines called Bongga Philippines, whose goal is to ...
In episode 10, I'm speaking with Alexandra and Kyle about serving in Colombia as a married couple. Alexandra speaks about her father's service in Peace Corps Colombia in the late 1970s, and about her experiences as a Peace Corps legacy baby and a Colombian-American woman. They speak about finding a shared passion between yourself as a volunteer and your community. Kyle speaks about working with cacao farmers to produce choc...
In episode 9 of the podcast I'm speaking with Adam Lawrence, founder and CEO of Enspire. Adam served in the Republic of Moldova from 2014-2016. After completing service, Adam lived in Moldova for 2 years and founded Enspire in the capital city, Chisinau, in order to provide local Moldovans with challenging and inspiring careers. Enspire is a creating agency with a social impact, which works with businesses around the world in o...
Jacquette McGhee served in Haiti from 2002-2004. Jacquette speaks about several unique experiences she had during service, including interpreting for modern-day pirates who arrived in her village, and being evacuated from the country during the coup d'etat. Jacquette also speaks about being an African American woman serving in an African-descent community, and being queer in Peace Corps.
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Join me for episode 7, where I'm speaking with Erin Hogeboom, who served in Paraguay from 2007-2009. Erin speaks about how her passion for service has led her through her life and career. Erin speaks about her beliefs that Peace Corps is more valuable as an organization of cultural exchange rather than a developmental organization.
Erin also speaks about how Peace Corps is ideal for older or retired volunteers, and...
Meg Mayzelle served in Paraguay from 2007-2010 and talks about amazing relationships she has built with her friends and host family in her community. She has started her own business, called Peace Corps Transitions by Songgaar, in order to help volunteers through the difficult transitions that come with and after service. See below for details. ----more----Peace Corps Transitions by Songgaar is offering listeners an intro off...
Selma Brittain is a current Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Macedonia as a TEFL volunteer. She just finished her first year of service, and speaks about the life she's created and friendships that have formed in Macedonia.
Chris Aronen, who served in Suriname, South America from 2010 -2012, speaks about participating in a traditional cleansing ritual to rid himself of an evil spirit, as well as many other highs and lows of his service.
Chris Shumway, who served in the Kyrgyz Republic from 2015 - 2017, speaks about the unexpected perks of living with a host family, as well as the challenges of joining in his mid-30s.
Jerry Donohue, who served in Malaysia from 1969-1971, speaks about the life-altering experiences of working in longhouses along the rivers of Sarawak, Borneo. He also talks about the changes he found upon returning to Malaysia 40 years later.
Katy Corey, who served in Guatemala from 2004-2006, speaks about creating lifelong friendships in unexpected places, as well as some incredible low points of service. You can contact me at email@example.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/peacecorpsrevisited, and on Twitter @PCrevisited.
Megan Donohue announces the launch of her new podcast: Peace Corps Revisited. Megan will be speaking with returned and current Peace Corps Volunteers who have served around the world from 1961 to the present. They will be discussing everything it means to serve in another culture for 27 months. You can reach Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org and facebook.com/peacecorpsrevisited and on Twitter @PCrevisited for more info...
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