Share Your Experience
Tips, tools, and resources to share your experience
No matter how big or small, log into the RPCV Portal to tell us when you share your experience and help demonstrate the impact returned Peace Corps Volunteers make here at home.
The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools Speakers Match program connects returned Peace Corps Volunteers to classrooms, after-school programs, retirement homes, and other community groups to share the Peace Corps experience. As an RPCV, you'll bring your firsthand knowledge and perspectives of other cultures home to the U.S.
Ideas for sharing
- Use the activity design template to plan your event.
- Give a talk tailored to any audience using this presentation template and presentation tips.
- Organize a Peace Corps International Festival with tables from multiple countries.
- Paint a map mural at a local school and help host a geography game.
- Learn to find, hone, and craft your story with this storytelling guide or watch the storytelling training, then plan a story event.
- Host a video chat between a group in the U.S. and a group in your host country.
- Write blog stories about your experience using these blogging tips.
- Plan your own innovative activity or event and share it with us: Submit Your Third Goal Event via the RPCV portal.
- Create a video to share your host culture with family and friends.
How to share your experience
- Tailor what you share to the interests of your audience.
- Engage as many senses as possible—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch—to transport your audience.
- Bring traditional snacks from your country of service.
- Use artifacts from your service such as fabrics, art objects, currency, tools, and photos.
- Inspire curiosity with some local language from your country of service.
- Leave time for Q & A and keep your answers concise and engaging.
- Have fun! Think of your presentation like a conversation with a friend who wants to learn about your experience.
Where to share your experience
- Retirement communities
- After-school programs or youth groups such as Girl Scout troops
- Local libraries
- Newspaper op-eds or letters to the editor
- Service organizations such as Rotary Clubs
- Open mic nights or story slams
Tools and resources for sharing your experience
- Looking for more images? The Peace Corps Media Library is a collection of photos submitted by the Peace Corps family searchable by country or keyword.
- Want to include a video? The Peace Corps’ official YouTube channel had fresh, creative, inspiring videos on what it's like to be a Peace Corps Volunteer. Select one to share as part of your talk.
- Peace Corps Fast Facts lists current statistics, facts, figures, and other pertinent information on Peace Corps today. But remember, the most interesting part of your talk will be your personal experiences.