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Since the establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 230,000 Americans have served 141 countries. The My Peace Corps Story Podcast aims to tell some of the many diverse and rich stories of volunteers, in their own words. This podcast will create an oral history of 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 strives to portray 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 and would “gladly and proudly do it all again.” The difficulties and risks of serving abroad, however, should not be understated or taken lightly.



The 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 230,000 Americans have served 141 countries. The My Peace Corps Story Podcast aims to tell some of the many diverse and rich stories of volunteers, in their own words. This podcast will create an oral history of 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 strives to portray 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 and would “gladly and proudly do it all again.” The difficulties and risks of serving abroad, however, should not be understated or taken lightly.



The 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?

    The Peace Corps Coronavirus Evacuation

    The Peace Corps Coronavirus Evacuation

     



    On March 15, the Peace Corps announced it would temporarily suspend Volunteer operations and begin evacuating Volunteers from all posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, five volunteers share their story of evacuation in the time of coronavirus.

     

    Resources:

    Facebook Page for COVID Evacuation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeaceCorpsCOVIDevacuationsupport/

    Peace Corps Headquarters COVID Page: https://www.peacecorps.gov/coronavirus/

    National Peace Corps Association: https://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/articles/new-action-to-congress-protect-peace-corps-and-support-evacuees 

     

     

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    • 48 min
    Happy National Peace Corps Week – Return of the Podcast

    Happy National Peace Corps Week – Return of the Podcast

    Happy National Peace Corps Week! This episode marks the return of the My Peace Corps Story podcast. After taking a few months off, I’m starting the show up again. The show will now be a monthly podcast for the time being. If I feel that I have the time, I’ll happily increase the frequency to two or more episodes a month but I’d hate to overcommit and fall short.

    This week, in honor of National Peace Corps Week, I would like to share three speeches from President John F. Kennedy. As you likely already know, JFK founded the Peace Corps in 1961. In this episode you’ll hear JFK’s address to Congress on Executive Order 10924, which established the Peace Corps. Following that clip, I found an awesome promo video about the Peace Corps with a fireside chat speech from Kennedy. Rounding out the episode, I have a 1962 speech that JFK delivered to a group of 600 Peace Corps volunteers on the south lawn of White House. I hope you enjoy them.

    Again, happy Peace Corps Week!

     

     

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    • 20 min
    COSing – Tyler Lloyd, Peace Corps Podcast Host

    COSing – Tyler Lloyd, Peace Corps Podcast Host

    After 27 months of the My Peace Corps Story podcast, I’m closing this chapter of the podcast. The podcast isn’t over though. I plan to come back to the show with a new format. Producing weekly podcasts was an ambitious undertaking but immensely rewarding. I thank each and everyone of you, whether you were a guest or listener or both. Thank you for all those 5-star reviews on Apple Podcasts. Thank you for the shares, likes, and reposts. Thank you for the comments and most importantly thank you for the criticism. It has been my pleasure to help share so many amazing stories over the past two years.

    In the coming months, as I take some time off, please continue to share the show. I would especially appreciate it if you help recruit new people to interview. If you know someone who has an great story, please sent them here: Share Your Story.

    Remember, every volunteer has a story. What’s yours?

    • 23 min
    Teaching in the Bush – Katie McNamara, Namibia 2016-18

    Teaching in the Bush – Katie McNamara, Namibia 2016-18

    Inspired by a former teacher, Katie set off to Peace Corps for an adventure and a chance to prove herself. She did both and more. This week, I talk with Katie McNamara about her time in Namibia, a country that’s twice the size of California while also being the second least densely populated place on earth.

    Photos from Katie’s Service

    Katie McNamara’s Peace Corps Story

    Where and when did you serve? What did you do?

    I served in Namibia from 2016 to 2018 as a math and science teacher in a rural village in one of the northern regions of Owamboland.

    What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?

    During my training I was given the local name ‘Nelago’ which means lucky, which happened to be the same name as the principal of my school that I was assigned to. When I first arrived at school my Principal was on leave and I introduced myself at assembly in front of 700 students in the local language and told them my given Wambo name and basically the whole village laughed at me. First because… they couldn’t believe I could speak their language (or I just sounded funny) and second.. they were going to start calling me ‘Principal Nelago’. It was the most embarrassing and awesome moment that really made me dive right into my new community head first.

    What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

    I had a dog named Lucy who followed me everywhere and I loved her companionship… but so did many other male dogs, so she got pregnant. She had five adorable puppies on my birthday and it was very hard to watch her neglect them and have one of them not survive and I had to bury it. Definitely not a challenge I was expecting to have in the Peace Corps.

    What do you miss about Peace Corps?

    I miss hanging out with my colleagues in the staff lounge dancing to ‘Omunye’ before school!

    What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?

    Never have expectations and get used to ‘Africa time’… it’s real. I learned PATIENCE.

    Do you have a favorite quote or local saying that you’d like to share?

    Tangi unene/ tangi unenenenenenene/ iyaloooo shiliiiii – those are all basically how you say thank you very very very much!

     

    Learn more about Katie’s service: https://katiepcnamibia.wordpress.com/

     

     

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    • 30 min
    101 Arabian Tales – Randy Hobler, Libya 1968-1969

    101 Arabian Tales – Randy Hobler, Libya 1968-1969

     



     

    Photos from Randy’s Service



     

    Randy Hobler’s Peace Corps Story

    Where and when did you serve? What did you do?

    Served in Libya from October 1968 thru most of October 1969. I, like all my colleagues, was a TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language) teacher. Almost all of us were teaching 5th Grade.

    What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?

    In country memories are those that repeat…all the wonderful meals served by villagers to me so many times.

    What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

    When a barber in Tripoli was shaving my neck with a straight razor and cut both sides of my neck till it started bleeding.

    What do you miss about Peace Corps?

    The camaraderie during training. The interaction with villagers, very stimulating and fun.

    What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?

    Many things, but three big lessons were 1) To understand your own country, you have to leave it; 2) it’s only leaders who cause conflict and war, no one person on earth has any quarrel with any other and 3) the incredible brainwashing the American media has foisted upon the U.S. in terms of Israel.

     

     

     

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    • 45 min
    From Small Town to Smaller Town – Sharelle Ahrens, Mongolia 2018-2020

    From Small Town to Smaller Town – Sharelle Ahrens, Mongolia 2018-2020

     

    Photos from Sharelle’s Service

    Sharelle’s Peace Corps Story

    Where and when did you serve? What did you do?

    Ghana, 2010-2012. Primary Assignment was Biology Teacher – also ended up being head of the ICT department at my school and training new PCVs on PEPFAR grant project implementation.

    What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?

    So many come to mind but one that still makes me so happy to this day is the story about a young man at my school who lost his leg and now walks again with a prosthetic thanks to some resourcefulness and determination. Even better, this young man is now in school to learn to make prosthetic limbs for others in need.

    What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

    All the crazy food items I was served in the rural villages – once dining with a local chief, I was served a steaming hot bowl of goat testicles. Yuck!

    What do you miss about Peace Corps?

    100% the people, the culture, the sense of community.

    What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?

    Something I learned and still continuing to learn is how to exercise patience and how to always be resourceful!

     

    Learn more about Sharelle’s service: bigskytobluesky.blogspot.com

     

     

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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147 Ratings

T Drinker ,

Thanks for your pod!

Your hard work of organizing the interviews, the editing, and thoughtful dialogue is appreciated. I really enjoy the personal, unsanitized stories. So real!

Javi N.S. ,

Great podcast, invaluable for those interested in becoming a PCV

Currently in the process of becoming one (interview coming up this week) and this podcast has been an invaluable resource for me. It’s great to hear from multiple different people and hearing their positive/negative experiences.

Keep up the great work!

E-bo-choo-pa ,

Wonderful Resource in My PC Application Process

Normally, I refuse to listen to podcasts but figured I’d give this one a go since the peace corps is a pretty intense commitment. I’d rather hear the “good” and “bad” from people who have experienced service through the organization than simply read cherry picked stories from active/returned volunteers on the PC website. This podcast has been an incredible resource and inspiration for me, during the initiation of my peace corps application. I would recommend it to anyone interested in applying for service.

Besides doing an incredible job of getting a broad range of variety in experience highlighted in his podcast, Tyler has an incredible story himself. I plan on purchasing and reading his book ASAP. I really appreciate the time and energy put into this podcast to educate people about the topics discussed. Thank you Tyler! You are a real one.

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