What do you wish Americans knew about your country of service?

By Peace Corps
Jan. 19, 2017

We asked Peace Corps Volunteers, "What do you wish Americans knew about your country of service?"

Here's what they said.

1. "There is so much potential here that gets buried every single day. There are genuinely gifted students in my school that do not get the opportunities necessary to unearth their full potential." - Yea-Ree Chang, Benin

Yea-Ree Chang, Benin
Yea-Ree Chang, Benin

2. "That people here have a form of wealth that is not measured by money." - Leonard Aron, Guatemala

Leonard Aron, Guatemala
Leonard Aron, Guatemala

3. "Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country with many things to offer, especially its hospitality. I have never been asked to come over for tea by a random stranger in all of the countries I have been to or lived in, except for Kyrgyzstan." - Neng Lee, Kyrgyz Republic

Neng Lee, Kyrgyz Republic
Neng Lee, Kyrgyz Republic

4. "Colombia is a beautiful, vibrant and peaceful place. Colombians are extremely generous, kind and proud of their culture." - Lindsay Schiltz, Colombia

Lindsay Schiltz, Colombia
Lindsay Schiltz, Colombia

5. "Malawi is called the “Warm Heart of Africa” for good reason. The people often times go out of their way to help, despite it sometimes being an inconvenience to them. They greet you, even if they have never met you before or walk you to your destination just to make sure you get there. There’s a lot of hope in Malawi." - Nyassa Kollie, Malawi

Nyassa Kollie, Malawi
Nyassa Kollie, Malawi

6. "It’s pronounced Chingghis Khan, not Genghis Khan... Also, that Mongolia is a pretty awesome place, kind of indescribably awesome." - Jake Zawlacki, Mongolia

Jake Zawlacki, Mongolia
Jake Zawlacki, Mongolia

7. "First and foremost, that it exists. Before leaving for Georgia, many Americans thought that I was departing for the state of Georgia. They would say comments like, 'I did not know Peace Corps was also in the United States. I thought it was only abroad.'" - Rawan Ghazi Teplinski, Georgia

Rawan Ghazi Teplinski, Georgia
Rawan Ghazi Teplinski, Georgia

8. "Many people think I suffer from lack of electricity and technologies, but in reality I think it’s a blessing. I think we are capable of being happy with less. I really enjoy the simple pleasures more." - Kelsi Finney, Tonga

Kelsi Finney, Tonga
Kelsi Finney, Tonga

9.  "Namibia is the most loving, giving, caring country that I have had the privilege to serve in. Whether they have known someone their whole life or just met you, the treatment and love is the same. They will give you the last of whatever they have." - Stefani McCoy, Namibia

Stefani McCoy, Namibia
Stefani McCoy, Namibia
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