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Stories from Malawi

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell about their service. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and serve in Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa.

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When I left our training village after 9 weeks of Pre Service Training, I was not sure when I would see my host family again.

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Sometimes it’s the quiet and unassuming ones, the ones who never brag, who rise to the top. Shadreck Gondwe is one of those such students.

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My Peace Corps dream began when I met a returned Peace Corps Volunteer while working as a physical therapist in Illinois.

A watercolor painting of a group of girls gathered around an outdoor cooking space

When I set out to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, I packed art supplies that I thought would be easy to carry and could allow me to stay in touch with my creative side.

Fiorella at the front of the classroom teaching a lesson on English

At home in the U.S., I embrace my Hispanic roots deeply by eating Peruvian food, speaking Spanish to my family and peers, and simply being around other Peruvians.

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In Malawi, we have a common saying, madzi ndi moyo, which means “Water is Life.”

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The complex interweaving of rapid climate change combined with deforestation, soil erosion, and mono-cropping has been devastating to the land that my lovely community calls home.

Woman in blue shirt surrounded by school children from Panama

Peace Corps Response sends Volunteers on highly specialized assignments for 12 months or less. If you have a background in teaching English as a foreign language, special education, or developing training materials, these might be the positions for you!

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For the past two years, the sounds of my mornings consisted of roosters welcoming the sunrise, women chatting as they carried water back home to begin housekeeping chores, men bicycling to their fields, and students rushing down dirt paths and shortcuts, hoping to not be too late for school.

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The rural health center with which I am partnered for my service as a Community Health Volunteer in Malawi recently received a satellite dish and projector.

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If you were to see me in my community, I would most likely be walking around with a book in hand, seated at a school bench under the shade reading, or on my front porch flipping through pages of text.

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At first, I was skeptical.

Five coworkers pose for a picture outside of their office building. They are holding a yellow sign that says "Safe Place"

If we are to eradicate HIV/AIDS from our world, we will first have to eradicate stigma in all of its many forms. This National HIV Testing Day, let’s eliminate the stigma surrounding HIV. Get tested. Know your status. Share your story.

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Peace Corps Volunteers come to service with a wide variety of skills, perspectives and life experiences.

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Did you miss our Twitter Chat with Senior Corps about the ins and outs of volunteering later in life?

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Most of the meeting had been in Chichewa and even after living here for more than a year I still need the speaker to be talking very slowly to fully understand the topics being discussed.

Counterparts at the Malaria Boot Camp

“If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything.” – Marva Collins (1936-2015), education activist and esteemed educator


A few days ago I celebrated my 60th birthday in Malawi. There was no party, cake or ice cream and only a few people even knew. But it was okay because I had already received my gift.

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Permagardening club

When I first began teaching, Domina was very shy, her attendance was rare, and she could not even say, ‘Hi, how are you?’ in English.