Dominican Republic

Stories from Dominican Republic

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

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JFK

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.

Ketover, middle with Ambassador Bill Taylor at a Ministry of Youth event.

Michael Ketover, Peace Corps Ukraine's country director, tells his story of service through photos.

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Returned Volunteers leverage Peace Corps service to improve communities at home.

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Everywhere, food brings people together. Participating in the daily rituals around food—whether growing, preparing, cooking, or eating it—is an essential part of the Volunteer experience in communities abroad. Here, Volunteers share the food traditions that made their service special.

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In that moment, the chofer might have had the money he was asking for, but he didn’t have what I had: Solidarity.

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Living with a host family during a one-year student exchange program in high school was my first experience of being welcomed as a daughter by a family in a foreign land.

Hispanic female Peace Corps volunteer review paper documents with two female community members outside in Guatemala

“I wanted to join the Peace Corps because I wished to further connect with my Latin American heritage, to exchange with another Hispanic culture and better understand the intricacies of the Latinx identity” - Yvette Garcia, a community economic development Volunteer in Dominican Republic.

Hispanic female Peace Corps volunteer review paper documents with two female community members outside in Guatemala

“I wanted to join the Peace Corps because I wished to further connect with my Latin American heritage, to exchange with another Hispanic culture and better understand the intricacies of the Latinx identity” - Yvette Garcia, a community economic development Volunteer in Dominican Republic.

A young girl, hand covered in blue paint, adds her hand print to piece of paper with other colorful hand prints.

Youth in development Volunteers know that individual connections create a global impact.

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Soon after arriving in the Dominican Republic, I learned the meaning of the word vergüenza (shame).

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My name is Joe Tidwell, but I’m known as “Pepe” (Joseph) in my community in the Dominican Republic.

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Peace Corps Volunteers come to service with a wide variety of skills, perspectives and life experiences.

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Several Nepalese women and one American volunteer, all in colorful clothing, sit together on a porch reading and smiling.

From rural villages to busy cities, women are the backbone of society. They are health care professionals, local organizers, inventive entrepreneurs, sustainability-minded farmers and dedicated educators.

Lucia's backyard in the DR

I live in a rural mountain community on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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I applied to the Peace Corps thinking about my mom, who has always been a source of inspiration to me.

Mountain village view, Río Limpio, La República Dominicana, 2017

What follows is a sketch of an "average" day in my life as a community economic development Volunteer in the rural Dominican Republic.

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