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Stories from Sri Lanka

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

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Classroom in Indonesia

International exchange can motivate students and inspire curiosity.

Four District English Language Improvement Center teachers pause for a photo in their matching kandyan sarees.

As Peace Corps celebrates the agency’s 60th anniversary, we look back at the decades of service our Volunteers have provided.

Lizette's friends posing at skyline

My name is Lizette, and I was a TEFL PCV in Sri Lanka from 1986 – 1989. First of all, believe me when I say that not a day goes by that I do not think about Sri Lanka. Although I was a PCV there more than 30 years ago, Sri Lanka is still in my heart and mind. Always and permanently. That’s what being a Peace Corps Volunteer does to you—it changes you forever in a way that you would never expect.

Volunteer & his bride

After college, I wanted to "see the world."

Nearly three decades ago, I entered the village of Kaluwawalatenna in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps Volunteer in my early 40s.

I am so excited to know that Peace Corps will again be in Sri Lanka! I have been told, that when I was 4 years old, I would tell everyone who I saw, I was going to be a Peace Corps Volunteer. And I did!

The home he lived in Sri Lanka

30 years ago I was invited by Peace Corps to teach English in Sri Lanka, a country I didn’t know existed.

Peace Corps Volunteers with village elders

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.

The second best time is now.

— Chinese proverb

Slice of Home in Rome

Arriving in the Eternal City after two years in rural Sri Lanka, only one thing could get me through this kind of culture shock

Plate of String Hoppers

String Hoppers in Sri Lanka

Peace Corps Volunteer with Villagers

Happy Birthday Peace Corps!