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Stories from Kyrgyz Republic

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

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PC Response Eco-tourism Volunteers at Orientation

Bishkek (January 15, 2024) – Today, seven U.S. Peace Corps Response Eco-Tourism Volunteers arrived in Bishkek to help promote sustainable tourism in partnership with local non-governmental Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association (KCBTA).

Grace and Host mom

I aptly titled this post The Power of Observation primarily because I started taking notes of things I was seeing and just how necessary I find it to be when language barriers are so strong. In some ways, the last two weeks, I feel like an observer, watching on the outside and sometimes to my detriment.

Volunteer Emily

Today marks 1 year since I received my official invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan! In honor of this, I thought I would make a post all about how I ended up here in Kyrgyzstan. Also, over the past year, I've noticed that the number one thing people say to me is "How did you find Peace Corps and Kyrgyzstan?"

K29 group photo on arriving to Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek (June 12, 2023) – Today 26 U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Trainees arrived in the Kyrgyz Republic to support English language education in secondary schools of Chuy, Naryn, Issyk-Kul, Talas, Osh and Jalal-Abad oblasts.

A group of volunteers and local residents smile
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The Peace Corps offers a wide variety of service opportunities abroad.

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This is part of a series of Q&As with returned Peace Corps Volunteers who identify as first-generation college students and/or new Americans. Learn how they navigated the challenges of the decision-making process and service abroad.

A picture of a picture of an Asian American Volunteer bending over a basket outside to work..

As the old adage goes, history repeats itself. I was reminded of this the night I heard the Peace Corps was going to take the extraordinary action of evacuating all volunteers out of their host countries due to transportation challenges posed by COVID-19. As a member of the Peace Corps’ External Affairs team, this meant a delicate balancing act of communicating critical information while maintaining a sense of compassion during a time of high emotions.

Mahima Mahadevan and her counterpart in Mexico.

I can still feel my stomach knot up when someone reads my name out loud for the first time. It takes me back to being a kid, growing up in a white, working-class suburb of Detroit and hearing the teacher take a long pause upon seeing my name on the attendance list.

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My Peace Corps Journey began in August 2017; this being my first journey outside of the United States I had no idea what to expect. 

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As an Asian-American, adopted volunteer serving in the Kyrgyz Republic I am often asked questions about my heritage. 

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On Friday, October 27th I swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer! Our swearing in ceremony was wonderful and it included speeches made by volunteers in both English and Kyrgyz as well as volunteers dancing the Kyrgyz national dance. Overall it was an exceptional event!

If someone told me when I got to Kyrgyzstan that my biggest struggle during Pre-Service Training would be saying goodbye to my first host family, I probably would have shrugged it off.

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