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Stories from Ecuador

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

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Dewey in a Thai classroom

We are celebrating Pride Month by sharing the voices, experiences, and insights of members of the Peace Corps’ LGBTQI+ community.

Scenic photo of lush scenery and a distant village

Paul Siguenza understands the challenges that the National University of Education’s (UNAE) Centro de Idiomas’ (Language Center) 17 teachers face. Before starting his current role as director, he was a language center teacher himself. Providing high-quality instruction to UNAE’s 2,000 students drives Paul, which is why this past spring he participated in Peace Corps’ Virtual Service.

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Rhoda and Earle Brooks were members of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to arrive in Ecuador on August 7th, 1962. Their experience marked the rest of their lives.

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Emily and Peter left Mira-Carchi in 1966, without realizing the impact they had left in the community.

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Her legacy was my motivation to keep all my commitments and continue to support the people of Ecuador. I wanted to keep my word to her.

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On May 19, Peace Corps held this year’s second installment of the Thought Leaders Forum, featuring three returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are leaders in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

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La positiva experiencia de una voluntaria viviendo con su familia anfitriona.

The positive experience of a volunteer living with her host family.

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.

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When I got to Ecuador, I did something that set the tone for my two years of service – I gave myself a nickname.

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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Here I am in 1969 listening to a local Kañari leader. He is still active in community leadership. We are still in contact. We

The Peace Corps was a profoundly significant experience for me. 

Henry crater

Henry entered my life after I was in site for about a month and a half. 

Carson Twiss, Guatemala

¿Hablas español? Use your language skills as you live, learn and serve in a community overseas.

Maria, a participant of "With These Two Hands," in the shop that she owns and operates.

As I approach the two-year mark since I arrived in Ecuador, I am able to appreciate the projects I have been privileged to be a part of.

7 current openings where you can serve with your sweetheart

Serving in the Peace Corps alongside your partner or spouse can have advantages

Experiences and lessons learned from the World Map Project

Why dedicate the time and effort to painting a map of the world at a high school in the middle of Ecuador?