Name: Amy Daniels
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1999-2001

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Ukraine

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Teacher

Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?

The community as a whole, my mentors school and the social services center, the orphans with whom I worked.

What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?

Hosting a Halloween Dance and Haunted House at the school and playing spoons with the children at the orphanage.

In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?

As a volunteer, I worked on a number of projects for children with developmental disabilities. This experience led me to pursue graduate work in public health and research that focuses on improving the quality of life of children with developmental disabilities in low-income countries.

In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?

My U of M education was instrumental in preparing me for a successful Peace Corps experience. As a student my studies were very international focused. I also worked at the Office of International Programs and did a yearlong study abroad in China. Through these experiences, I learned about different cultures and the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences across countries.

What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?

Do it. It IS the toughest job you'll ever love.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

To name a few... an appreciation of different people and cultures, an open mind, a commitment to service

What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?

Try and go into every new situation with very few expectations - When things aren't going your way, take a deep breath, a step back and smile - People are the same everywhere.

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