After Peace Corps, 2004

My husband, Tom Easthope, and I on our way to Vancouver Island. We served in the Peace Corps together.

Name: Donna Winkelman
U-M Affiliation: Alumni, Staff

Where do you work?

BA 1966, Career Planning and Placement 1979-1988

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1996-1998

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Ukraine

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Imparting Western values in a Ukrainian MBA granting institution. In reality - taught certain computer programs, business English, wrote grants.

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

Many, both fellow volunteers and some of the people I worked with who dared to be different.

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

Realizing how the former Soviet government ideology deeply permeated every facet of Ukrainian life

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

Enlarged my world view immeasurably.

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

I served in the Peace Corps 30 years after U-M graduation. U-M provided the foundation for career transitions of my own.

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

If you can, do it. Peace Corps provides support for an incredible experience that will expand your view and opportunities in many dimensions.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Takes you out of your comfort zone, exposes you to unexplored worlds, and allows you to see new opportunities.

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

Flexibility goes a long way!

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