Primary school kids show off their clean hands on International Handwashing Day

Name: Brendan Held
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

I'm working on my master's in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech.

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

2008-2010

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Madagascar 2008-2009 Mali 2009-2010

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

I worked with rural farmers to improve their access to water and sanitation.

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

Traipsing through the rainforest, going from village to village in Madagascar to look at springs as candidates for water source improvement projects.

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

Carefully identify and evaluate your goals and expectations before you go. Then enjoy forgetting them.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

The opportunity to challenge and change your attitudes and values. And free health care.

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