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Stories from the Philippines

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

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Bukidnon State University (BukSU) partnered with the Peace Corps for the first time, empowering the school to train their staff on data analytics and thereby reduce local disaster risks.

A man stands in front of an ancient tomb

Peace Corps’ Virtual Service provides U.S. citizens with the unique opportunity to donate their professional skills and remotely support counterparts abroad. Early pilot participants were returned Peace Corps Volunteers, five of whom were also AmeriCorps alumni. These dedicated individuals share why there’s no set or linear path when it comes to serving communities.

A building with a large-scale library sign in front

Northern Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, is a place of growth. Known as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines,” its province of Benguet boasts countless vegetable farms. It is also the home of Benguet State University (BSU).

A man in a blue Peace Corps shirt stands beside a painted Southeast Asia map

Michael Wanigasekera’s Sri Lankan descent may have caused confusion among Cambodians during his Peace Corps service from 2013 to 2015 but, at the time, the Education Volunteer viewed it as an opportunity to teach others about America’s diversity.

A Peace Corps Volunteer shops at a market in the Dominican Republic