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Stories from Paraguay

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

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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.

Arundhati Bhowmick with friends
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I worked side-by-side with other evacuated returned Peace Corps Volunteers and incredible Para La Tierra staff to boost membership and retention within their Eco Club Program.

Bruce Bogan hands out blankets

Once a Peace Corps Volunteer, always a Peace Corps Volunteer. Let’s face it, this is why we‘re referred to as “returned,” not “former” Volunteers.

A PCV in Paraguay stand with both her biological parents and her host parents.
Hispanic female Peace Corps volunteer review paper documents with two female community members outside in Guatemala

September 15 to October 15 is nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month.

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I don’t get nervous often. On the plane to Paraguay, most of the 44 Peace Corps trainees who had been selected to serve in Paraguay were jittery and excited, but I felt at peace. I wondered if the nervousness would ever kick in.

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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, distance—both physical and temporal—doesn’t mean you can’t still make an impact or have your host country continue to impact you. With coronavirus causing all of us to physically distance, it’s more important than ever to remember this sentiment.

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When moving into my house, I began collecting glass bottles.

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This is the third in 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.

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"I have established many relationships and my projects are reflecting the expressed desires of my fellow community members"

John Montgomery 2

I was well into my doctoral program in agricultural economics at Texas A&M University (TAMU) when my gym partner, who was also the campus Peace Corps recruiter, mentioned that he’d noticed a ring like mine on the finger of a new student named Vanessa who’d recently returned from service in the Philippines.


Volunteering with the Peace Corps isn't easy, but collaboration and inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

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

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Each and every day is a chance to protect and better our planet. Whether they’re an educator, agriculturalist, or environmentalist, Peace Corps Volunteers strive to make a positive environmental impact in their countries of service.