I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea from 1995-1997 as a Public Health and Community Development Volunteer. I returned to West Africa to serve as a Crisis Corps Volunteer assigned to the Red Cross in Togo as an HIV/AIDS TechnicalAdviser and Educator in 2001.
I am fascinated by the stories and life lessons that interviews of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers reveal. As a qualitative researcher, I highly value the process of learning from others through open ended questions and listening to what they have to tell us.
I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer with my wife, Margaret, in San Jose Village, Toledo, Belize from 2002 to 2004. I worked in sustainable agriculture and rural community development programs. My projects included working with Mayan farmer cooperatives, developing a new village health post and working with village water system issues.
The RPCV Oral History Archives project has it's roots in the Madison Peace Corps community past and present. The value of an oral history by the participants in this extraordinary experiment in international relations, United States Peace Corps, that has persisted for almost 60 years will be realized by those who will study this dynamic and turbulent time in our country's history.
I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia from 1966-68 first as an English language teacher in an all-girls primary school and during the second year as deputy director of the National Museum.
After being interviewed for the RPCV Oral History Archives Project, I became a volunteer interviewer. To date I have conducted more than 20 interviews of former Peace Corps Volunteers and staff. On a personal level, I love being an interviewer because I get to meet really interesting and committed people and I learn a tremendous amount about the countries in which interviewees have served.
I served in Peace Corps Colombia from 1963 to 1965 and was also a staff member in 1969. I am also a co-chair for the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.
For me the oral history project is a unique opportunity to preserve the Peace Corps legacy. Voices of Peace Corps Volunteers telling their own stories offer the most convincing accounts of each life-changing experience.
I served in Peace Corps Namibia as a Science Teacher from 2006 to 2008. I later became a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in the Philippines in 2011 as an Audio Video Specialist.
I believe in the power of story to create lasting change. By sharing the experiences of Peace Corps Volunteers living and working with people from different cultures around the world, I believe we will help create peace and friendship between people of different backgrounds.