Corps Conversations

Life after Peace Corps Podcast with RPCV Astrid Vinje

A podcast about returned Peace Corps volunteers and life after Peace Corps. Twice a month, RPCV, Astrid Vinje, interviews fellow Peace Corps volunteers about their experience during and after their service.
 
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Corps Conversations Ep. 14: Justin Espineli | Dominican Republic and Costa Rica

Justin was really easy to talk to, and I enjoyed listening to his stories of his time in the Peace Corps.  Listening to him, it made me realize how the Peace Corps experience often pushes people to step out of their comfort zones.  Though we may be skeptical or hesitant at first, the results of that step are often quite spectacular.

Another thing that struck me about our conversation was how Peace Corps can serve as a catalyst to propel your life into a direction that you may not have considered before.  In Justin's case, he came into the Peace Corps with a background in Computer Science, but is now pursuing his MBA. 

 Justin with his neighbor's daughter next to a completed energy efficient stove.

Justin with his neighbor's daughter next to a completed energy efficient stove.

 Performing surgery alongside one of the doctors at a medical mission (left).

Performing surgery alongside one of the doctors at a medical mission (left).

 Reading a book on the summit of Mt. Chirripo in Costa Rica.

Reading a book on the summit of Mt. Chirripo in Costa Rica.

Justin graduated with a degree in Computer Science from California State University Sacramento.  He served in the Peace Corps Dominican Republic as an IT Education volunteer from 2008-2010.  Justin extended his Peace Corps service in Costa Rica as a Community Economic Development volunteer.  After his Peace Corps Service, Justin was accepted to the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program.  He lived just outside of Tokyo where he taught English at two public senior high schools from 2011 - 2013.  Justin met his wife Cecilia in the Dominican Republic where they both served as Education volunteers.  Cecilia gave birth to their first child (Samantha Ai) in Japan.  Justin is currently a 1st year MBA candidate at Thunderbird School of Global Management and he is pursuing a career in Organizational Development and Change Management.

 With his wife, Cecilia, and their daughter, Samantha Ai, in Japan. 

With his wife, Cecilia, and their daughter, Samantha Ai, in Japan.