Eastern Caribbean

Stories from Eastern Caribbean

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

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A school dance group shows off their award after a performance.

Standing next to a pan filled with hot oil in that tiny kitchen was where I realized that cooking could be a catalyst for creating relationships.

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February is nationally recognized as African American History Month.

Our ballet class in the Art Gallery at the Old Mill since Hurricane Maria destroyed the Dance Studio.

When the Peace Corps called asking if I’d like to return to Dominica two months after Category 5 Hurricane Maria, I was at my parents’ house in South Carolina.

WATCH: Highlighting home in St. Lucia
A teacher helps a student during computer class in Guyana

Are you an experienced STEM professional?

Unloading first shipment of books, January 2014

I joined the Peace Corps in 1972, right after I completed my master’s degree. 

From light to lightning: How the slow kid become fast

When I first became a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, my intent was to offer the skills and passion I had acquired as an experienced educator and school leader to a country that had a need. 

Teaching my students to "saute" at a ballet class.

Ballet.

8 volunteer opportunities for creative types

Did you know you can serve in the Peace Corps as a music teacher or animation specialist? 

Indonesia sunrise

Rise with the sun.

If you lived and worked on a Caribbean island for two years, how many problems do you think you'd find? Peace Corps Volunteers Jilia and Greg Vento, a Florida couple serving together in St. Lucia, can count them all on one hand.

The first few years of my federal career in the 1980's were spent at NASA headquarters working for the Business Management Division of the newly initiated Space Station office. 

David Kurtz Age is just a number

Most people think the typical Peace Corps Volunteer is a recent college graduate in his or her twenties. 

shawnette brandt guyana

Growing up in New Jersey, I was surrounded by peers who were first generation American or immigrated to the United States at a very young age. I fit the norm in my culturally diverse secondary school.

Moldova Volunteer Albert Sou reading to kids

Beginning in 1986, I served as an early childhood teacher trainer in Haiti.