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. 17: Byron and Denise Williams | Ukraine

At first glance, Byron and Denise seem to have it easy.  They are able to serve in the Peace Corps with their significant other.  They have internet in their home which allows them to Skype with their friends and family.  And they live in a relatively large city, which affords them many luxuries and amenities.  However, after talking with them, it was apparent that they still faced many of the same challenges as other volunteers: being far from home and loved ones, feeling isolated, and having to cope with the difficulties of living and working in another culture.  I am always struck by the universalities of the Peace Corps experience, and how despite the differences in time and place, Peace Corps continues to be a life changing experience for those who serve.

 Thanksgiving dinner with host mother, Halyna (in red), and her friends.

Thanksgiving dinner with host mother, Halyna (in red), and her friends.

 At Byron's university's English immersion summer camp.

At Byron's university's English immersion summer camp.

 With PCV Whitney Milton at the English immersion summer camp.

With PCV Whitney Milton at the English immersion summer camp.

 Byron with his Teachers Class.

Byron with his Teachers Class.

Byron and Denise Williams are a husband and wife team who served as TEFL volunteers in Ukraine. Byron served as a university instructor and Denise served as primary and secondary English school teacher. They are from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Following Peace Corps, both hope to explore careers in the international field, along with starting a family and preparing for the zombie apocalypse, but not at the same time.

 At Denise's end of school year concert at the Ukrainian school where she was a teacher.

At Denise's end of school year concert at the Ukrainian school where she was a teacher.