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Stories from Ethiopia

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

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Carol Spahn with another person at an event.

Peace Corps held its final Thought Leaders Forum event for the 2022-23 school year.

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There are two things that become clear when you meet returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Virtual Service Participant Cindy Mosca: She may specialize in teaching English as a second language (ESL), but she’s eager to help others in any way that she can, and she doesn’t shy away from putting in extra work for the most effective final product.

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It’s the day of Nezif’s long-awaited wedding, which will take place in his home village in western Ethiopia. It is far from the village where I live and work as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but I’m not exactly sure how to get there.


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.

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I was a 7 year old in Detroit when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I can still remember my teacher screaming and crying after hearing the news.

ISU Fellows Feature

It has been almost six years since I decided to join the Peace Corps. I was attracted to the idea of exploring the world and integrating into a new culture and a different way of life. 

Working and eating together - Ethiopia Feed the Future

Since arriving to my home in the Hadiya Zone just over a year ago, I have been welcomed into the homes, hearts and culture of the community.

Rhianna Ericson at Camp G.L.O.W. in Tigray with her students.

One morning at the village health center, unaware that they were launching the annual trachoma mass drug administration campaign, I offered to help Shawit, the health extension worker, carry medical supplies to the center of town where we would set up a “pop-up” post in front of the elementary school with a few other health center staff. 

Peace Corps Ethiopia Volunteer Ally Walker with fellow English teachers and friends

My cohort of Volunteers’ Close of Service Conference was a time to say goodbye to the dedicated staff who worked alongside us in our two years in Ethiopia, to think about what’s next and how best to utilize our service and to have a final hoorah with this group of people who have become great friends over two years.

Adrienne Hall served as a health Volunteer in Ethiopia.

When Adrienne Hall started her Peace Corps service in 2012, she was eager to immerse herself in a new culture. 

Morgan Davison

After receiving a master’s degree in human rights, Morgan Davison knew that she wanted to work in gender and youth development but she wasn’t exactly sure how. 

Paris Nunn Ethiopia story

When entering Peace Corps service, a Volunteer envisions herself "saving the world." I think most of us do not really know what we are getting into when we are volunteering abroad.

English teacher in Ethiopia

Yohannes carefully drove over what appeared to be a fallow field in Tigray. We bumped along toward what we were told is the high school compound. 

VIDEO: Happiness in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, this is happiness, says Peace Corps Ethiopia Volunteer Kirsten Kuwatani.

Legacy Project: Berhane Daba

Stricken with polio, Berhane Daba was taken in by Peace Corps Ethiopia Volunteer Mary. 

Katrina Johnston

“This is the moment when the world sees that I am held back by every problem, and I am key to all solutions.” – The Girl Declaration

Shortly after 8:00 a.m., we begin our journey south to Hailey's town.