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. 8: Laraine Martin | Togo

It was a blast catching up with Laraine and hearing about her post-Peace Corps experiences.  We were in the same training group in Togo, and although we didn't do any projects together, we did see each other quite a bit at social events and  volunteer gatherings. 

Laraine is such a free spirit, and you can see that in the experiences she's had since finishing her service.  From recruiting new Peace Corps volunteers in Chicago, to attending graduate school in Denver, to working with Doctors without Borders in Sudan, and now working with youth in the outdoors in Steamboat Springs, CO, it is evident that Laraine is the type of person who continually seeks out new adventures.

In a way, all of us have a little bit of this adventurousness in our personalities.  It's important that we remember not to let it slip away too much.

 Laraine with her Agricultural Development group

Laraine with her Agricultural Development group

 Dancing with the ladies in her community

Dancing with the ladies in her community

 Posing with one of her water pumps. 

Posing with one of her water pumps. 

 Enjoying a full calabash of tchouk, the local millet beer. 

Enjoying a full calabash of tchouk, the local millet beer. 

Laraine served in Peace Corps Togo (Kara Region, northern half of the country) from 2004-2006 in the Community Health/HIV-AIDS Prevention program. She trained community health workers, contributed to country-wide summer camp programs, served as co-editor of the Togo PCV literary publication "The Griot", and spent many an hour relaxing alongside her fellow villagers at the Pessare and Siou weekly markets. Upon her return to the states, she earned her Master's degree in International Development and Global Health Affairs at the University of Denver, where she got involved with volunteer programs like Snowsports Outreach Society (SOS) and the Steamboat-based non-profit Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - where she serves as Project Manager to this day. She returned to Africa for a temporary contract with Doctors Without Borders in rural South Sudan in 2010.

 Enjoying the mountains and snow of Colorado. 

Enjoying the mountains and snow of Colorado. 

 Competing in a race. 

Competing in a race.