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Stories from Kosovo

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

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Four Volunteers walk together towards a mountain on their vacation in Malawi

Peace Corps’ Virtual Service provides a unique opportunity for U.S. citizens to donate their services and collaborate online with counterparts abroad on short-term projects. Early pilot participants were also returned Peace Corps Volunteers and for many, engaging online with dedicated counterparts inspired them to serve once more in person.

Carol Spahn at a meeting at Peace Corps HQ
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PCV holding a puppy
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Our main initiative was to help youth and women build futures in Kosovo, so I decided a good place to start was to build relationships by supporting, encouraging, and establishing trust and mutual respect.

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February is nationally recognized as African American History Month.

A sunset view from my beautiful site

In the Peace Corps, we tend to measure time in various ways.

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In the southwestern reaches of the Sharr Mountains in Kosovo are the four villages that defined my first year of service.

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One of the most daunting things about joining the Peace Corps is leaving the comforts of home for the unknown of a new culture.

All participants received a tote bag to help reduce plastic waste.

The sounds of laughter and singing fill the air.

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With only a few months left in service, I often find myself thinking “what an interesting experience.” Opportunities to get involved in my community are plenty, my students are gifted and thriving, the winters are icy cold, and I often get unwanted attention on the street due to my ethnicity. Collectively, these experiences shape my opinion of not only my host country, but they shape how I view of myself as well. If not for this opportunity, I would have never have believed in myself as a strong, resilient woman.

Spring festival in Vushtrri

Have I told you my theory? This is a common question I ask my peers.

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The other day I was sitting in my host family’s living room and it hit me that I was nearing the nine month mark of being in Kosovo. What’s the significance of that? Well, it means I am one third of the way through my service.

Yoga with host sister

I heard it said once that Albanian proverbs are only helpful by accident, “like a shrug written down,” and I can honestly say that about sums up my experience in Kosovo.

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.

In Kosovo, Peace Corps education Volunteers James and Rachel Wirt helped form Bletët e Vërtetë, a women’s group focused on economically empowering women through beekeeping.

There is life after pre-service training

About four months ago, I remember staring at the ceiling in my childhood bedroom and letting my mind wander.