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RPCV's- share the story of your service with Story Corps!

Story Corps Chicago


08/26/2014 - 08/27/2014


11am to 1 p.m. each day


The Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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Calling all RPCVs! Please join us for this event opportunity that has been built for ONLY returned Peace Corps Volunteers!

 We have formed a recent partnership with Story Corps. Story Corps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. They fit perfectly in line with our third goal activities, and are a phenomenal opportunity for us to extend to RPCVs and for recruitment purposes alike. In our new partnership- we have reserved days every month or so in which we have 1 hour slots for those who are interested to record their Peace Corps story. Our first two days of recording are on August 26th and 27th. We have three, 1 hour slots each day between 11am-2pm.


About the recordings:

The idea behind the recordings is for you to share your story with someone else with whom you have a personal relationship. The most important part of the experience (and generally the ones that are chosen for broadcast) are conversations between two people who already have a strong connection and can delve in to a particular topic that is close to them, bringing out the details of the experience. This means we are looking for people who want to share their story with someone else and have it recorded. This could a RPCV and a family member (brother/sister/mother/father/son/daughter) so that the listener could hear both sides of the story. We are also looking for couples who met in service or those who may have served without their spouse. If your counterpart or a member of  your community is visiting, this would be a great time to have a conversation. The best conversations are those where the listeners feel like they are quiet guests at a kitchen table conversation.


The recordings are 40 minutes long, with 10 minutes on each side as a buffer. StoryCorps employees are there just to observe and make sure the recording is high quality, but they generally do not ask questions, interview or step in. The conversation is only between the two speakers and although it can be an interview type of set up, it is better if the conversations flows naturally. The topic should be decided upon well ahead of time, and a rough or brief pre conversation is recommended, including a review of the topics. It is good to have a sense of a story arc (beginning, middle and end which is natural enough with the Peace Corps experience as these things are already defined. It is recommended that dates are not as important as descriptors of how things look, smell, feel. Since the recording is audio only- it is really important to paint a picture for the listener.



There are 3 levels of release, which you decided upon after the recording. The first level is a non-release. StoryCorps destroys the original recording and you walk away with a CD of the only copy of the session.

The second level is where the recording is placed in the national archive but you do not release it for StoryCorps or its partners (us) to use.

 The third level is where you release it to StoryCorps, its partners (Peace Corps) and it is also recorded in the national archives, which could eventually be discovered by your great, great grandkids/relatives. If you choose to release the recording to us, or share it with us, then we would edit your story down to a short 2-5 minute highlight and may release it on our blog, website or other media.


If you would like to participate, or know someone who would like to, please contact Rok Teasley at rteasley@peacecorps.gov ASAP!


Who: StoryCorps, new partnership with us, record your Peace Corps service as an engaging audio story

What: Record your PC story with someone you love for the national archives, possible NPR broadcast and for PC to use in promotion

Why:  Because its a beautiful and unique opportunity

When: August 26th & 27th 11am-1pm

Where: The Chicago Cultural Center

 Be sure to check out the RPCV section of our website for useful tools such as the "Storytelling tips for RPCV's" found here: 





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For questions about this event contact Rok Teasley

If you require a reasonable accommodation when attending a Peace Corps event, please contact the recruiter identified in the “for questions about this event” section of the event listing. Please provide the details of the reasonable accommodation you are requesting.

Last updated Jul 31 2014

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