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Stories from Albania

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Albania.

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by Idorico Sebastiao

An aged, scenic photo of farmland with distant mountains

Virtual Service gave me the opportunity to return to the Peace Corps community – what I consider my family.

Montenegro - Dzamija Sunset

Standing alone on that balcony in Tirana in March gave me a sense of separation I thought I wouldn’t have to confront for another two years. But here it was: the eve of our evacuation back to the United States. We were already going home.


As Peace Corps commemorated its 60th anniversary, a virtual panel discussion was held on March 3 with returned Volunteers who were personally impacted by President John F. Kennedy, who established the agency in 1961.

A group of people stand behind an American flag, smiling.

As I sit and write this, I look back on my experiences and the people who I had the honor to meet, and I am deeply grateful to them.

Stephanie Scribner in her classroom

World Wise Schools has been an invigorating part of my classroom for the past 20 years.


May is nationally recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month.

Colin Carter 1

I became interested in the Peace Corps while studying abroad in Kenya and Rwanda in 2014 as a student at Western Washington University (WWU).

In my site, a small town in central Albania, most middle-aged women do not work outside their households

Minju Kim with her host family

“I’m finally joining the Peace Corps," I told my best friend at our favorite brunch place one Saturday in New York City. 

Minju Kim

At the end of last month, I returned to New York City from Albania for a close friend's wedding. 

VIDEO: Highlighting home in Albania
Thanksgiving food drive for the elderly in Vlore, Albania

While Albania celebrates many of the same holidays as the rest of the world, one American celebration is still unknown.