Life of Pie: Peace Corps service through the eyes of a Volunteer’s puppy

Life of Pie: Peace Corps service through the eyes of a Volunteer’s pug
By Peace Corps
Oct. 5, 2016

When you first arrive at your site, you’ll be TOTALLY pumped to meet all the members of your new community.

So happy this weekend! #Thailand #puppy #dog #love #pets #pug

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Making mistakes when speaking the local language will make you feel like this… (But don’t worry, you’ll improve with time!)

That's actually my head band, it's my color, can't you see!? #playful #puppy #pug #pugdog #peacecorpspug

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You definitely won’t be able to get enough of the delicious new foods your host country has to offer.

Morning workout anyone? I belong to the #fitcorps #pug #puppy #pugsofinstagram #pugsofinstagram #peacecorpspug

A video posted by Pug Pie and Ty (@pugpieandty) on


You’ll find during service, bandanas are not only useful… they’re a fashionable accessory.

Mom, am I a movie star yet? #pup #pug #puppy #dog #cute #adorable

A video posted by Pug Pie and Ty (@pugpieandty) on


Making close friends in your community will come naturally with time.

Mom's coteacher @lilhippo_o is a little obsessed with me. #pug #puppy #cute #school #thailand

A photo posted by Pug Pie and Ty (@pugpieandty) on

The best aunts bring me bones!! @lilhippo_o #puppy #dog #love #pets

A photo posted by Pug Pie and Ty (@pugpieandty) on


And your soccer skills will vastly improve during service from all the pickup games you’ll play with the local kids.

David Beckham has nothing on me! #pup #puppy #play #soccer #pets #dogs

A video posted by Pug Pie and Ty (@pugpieandty) on


At the end of some days, you’ll be totally exhausted.

Afternoon power naps are at least an hour right? #pup #pug #thailand #love #dog #peacecorpspug

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But your fellow Peace Corps Volunteers and community members will seriously become your family for life.

@peacecorps PM says I'm her favorite volunteer! #pug #puppy #dog #pets #pcv @peacecorpsthailandmagazine

A photo posted by Pug Pie and Ty (@pugpieandty) on


If you’re more of a cat person, check out this Peace Corps Volunteer’s account of raising a pet kitten at his site. 

Ty Miranda, 24, is a Washington, D.C. native currently serving as a Peace Corps youth in development Volunteer in Thailand, where she adopted her new pug puppy, Pie. Miranda graduated from George Washington University in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in religion and peace studies.

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