Corps Conversations

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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. 6: Lydia Caudill | Paraguay

My conversation with Lydia was one of the most enjoyable interviews I've had so far, and I think it's mainly because we've known each other for so long.  It was incredible to actually be in her community and see first-hand the experience that she's having as a Peace Corps volunteer.

We spoke a lot about what her expectations are for when she ends her service, and more so than in past interviews, I shared with her a lot of my experiences and impressions of readjusting to life after the Peace Corps.  One thing that will make her post-Peace Corps experience unique is that she is planning on completing a multi-country bike trip from Paraguay to the US, visiting farms along the way to learn about and document sustainable agricultural practices.  What an adventurous and inspiring woman!

 

Filming a biodigestor documentary

Filming a biodigestor documentary

Installing a demonstration biodigester in her community

Installing a demonstration biodigester in her community

Lydia with one of her friends

Lydia with one of her friends

Lydia Caudill grew up in eastern Washington state, and earned her BA in Community and Environmental Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  A wanderer at heart, she has traveled throughout Europe, Africa, South America, and Western Asia.  Lydia is a current Agriculture volunteer in Paraguay, starting her service in September 2011.  Her service is set to end in December 2013, upon which she plans to embark on a multi-country bike trip from Paraguay to the US.

 

Follow her bike adventure on her blog, Pedal and Plow.  You can also like the Pedal and Plow page on Facebook to get more updates and links related to Latin American agriculture.