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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. 3: Steven Beck | Togo

I had a great time catching up with Steven and reminiscing about our time together in Peace Corps Togo.  It was interesting to hear about all the places he's gone to and lived in since leaving the Peace Corps.  Some of us are just meant to be nomads! 

Steven gave us some great stories of trying to bribe his way out of Kenya during election riots and getting asked for bribes by a female customs official in Togo.  I was also quite impressed with the amazing work that he's been doing since his Peace Corps service.  Great job, Steven!

 Steven with his Togolese colleagues

Steven with his Togolese colleagues

 Students using the computer center in Sotouboua, Togo

Students using the computer center in Sotouboua, Togo

 Steven with his Togolese counterpart at PLAN Togo

Steven with his Togolese counterpart at PLAN Togo

Steven Beck is the Director of Israel - Diaspora Relations at the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) in Jerusalem.  He also serves on the board of the African Refugee Development Center in Tel Aviv, and founded One Region One Future, which is a foundation that supports microfinance and coexistence projects for Israelis and Palestinians. 

Steven served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo from 2004-2006, where he developed a curriculum for teaching computer skills to rural middle and high school students and also worked in women's groups on small business development.  He currently lives in Tel Aviv with his fiancée Sari Ganulin and their dog Nikud.

 Steven and Sari

Steven and Sari

Below are links to the organizations that he is currently involved with in Israel:

Israel Religious Action Center
African Refugee Development Center
One Region One Future