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Miguel R.

“I think the most important things I’ve learned from my community are adaption and resiliency. Their work ethic and creative problem solving is inspiring to me.”

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1. What got you interested in Peace Corps?

What got me interested in Peace Corps were two influential teachers I had growing up. The first - who put Peace Corps onto my radar - was my 9th grade English teacher who was Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) who served in Guatemala. The second was my plant ecology professor who was also a RPCV and served in Malaysia.

As result of their service, these two individuals had a unique perspective on the world that I admired. They were kind, compassionate and globally minded.

2. What projects are you working on with your community?

Currently in Togo I am working on many projects. I teach 276 middle-school students about sustainable agriculture and climate change. At school, I have a small school garden with my students and am working in collaboration with the farmer field school showing the benefits of cover-cropping and inter-cropping corn with mucuna pruriens i.e. velvet bean. Outside of this, I am also part of an English-Pen Pal exchange with English students at my school.

I am a Peace Corps Togo Media and Communications Committee Member. In this role, I create/edit/write Peace Corps Togo social media posts using my photography and videography skills. Additionally, I help with Peace Corps Togo outreach and public events and communications and am working on a Pre-Service Training Documentary.

Finally, I volunteer at the local hospital and I have painted a world map at a community library.

Peace Corps Volunteer Miguel on a farm in Togo
Peace Corps Volunteer Miguel on a farm in Togo.

3. What strategies have you used to integrate into your community?

Learning a local language and practicing my French has been great for integration. Speaking my community's language shows that you care and that you are dedicated to them and your work there. I also have relied on cultural exchange - whether it be sports or media and music to integrate as well. Exchanging movies, TV shows, and music we like has been a great ice-breaker and its fun!

4. What is a highlight of your time in service so far?

A highlight in my service has been my contributions to Peace Corps Togo’s media and communications. I never thought that my hobbies of writing, photography and videography would have served me so well here in Togo, and it has brought me great joy.

Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo engages principal on school farm
Peace Corps Volunteer Miguel engages principal on school farm in Togo

5. What have you enjoyed most about the community where you are serving?

I have enjoyed how diverse my community is, how there are more than five ethnic groups with over seven different languages all in one area. It’s a beautiful big melting pot where everyone is together.

6. What are some of the most important things you've learned from your community?

I think the most important things I’ve learned from my community are adaption and resiliency. Their work ethic and creative problem solving is inspiring to me.

Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo with his host family
Peace Corps Volunteer Miguel with his host family in Togo.

7. How do you spend time when you are not working on a project?

When I am not working on project, I am trying my best to see all Togo has to offer! I am visiting other Volunteers to meet their communities, learning more about Togo’s history, art and culture. I also love hiking and visiting all the lovely waterfalls in Togo!

8. What are you looking forward to in your remaining time as a Peace Corps Volunteer?

I am looking forward to seeing the end results of my projects here in Togo! When you are starting out or are in the middle of a project, it can be very challenging and it seems like progress is moving at a snail’s pace. It’s only at the end of it all where you can actually notice a change has been made.

9. Once you finish your service, what will you do differently when you return to the U.S. (or elsewhere)?

Learning to live more minimally and sustainably is something that I will take home from Togo. Whether it be water or electricity usage, single-use plastics, or waste management, my time in Togo has allowed me to reflect on my own usage and the importance of a sustainable future and combating climate change.