Philippines

Stories from 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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A Volunteer in 1964 stands with her visiting father in the Philippine village.

When I arrived in the Philippines, another Trainee and I were assigned to a small barrio six hours by bus from Manila. Our new home was a tiny fishing village.

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A young woman smiles and holds her sun in crystal clear ocean waters

“When a pandemic alters daily life patterns for all of humanity, it also impacts our fish stocks, our protected areas, and our endangered species - some for the better and others for the worse.”

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Julia eating and celebrating with her host family

Working with the enthusiastic and loving teachers in Georgia reminded me why I became an educator.

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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.

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A young girl, hand covered in blue paint, adds her hand print to piece of paper with other colorful hand prints.

Youth in development Volunteers know that individual connections create a global impact.

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Five years ago my site was hit by super typhoon Haiyan: one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit the Philippines in recent history. This storm resulted in an increase of student dropout and at-risk youth. Non-governmental organizations and charities from all over the city combined resources to address the aftermath of this tragedy.

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Pamela Watkins

Though they represent less than 5% of the overall Volunteer population, Americans over the age of 50 are a valuable asset to the Peace Corps community.

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Charles Reilly with students in the Philippines

My assignment was working as a rural development specialist.

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