Where do you work?
University of Michigan
When did you serve in the Peace Corps?
Where did you serve (which country/countries)?
What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?
Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?
Yes, my colleagues and students at Yevpatoria Pegagogical Institute.
What was one of the most memorable moments you had as a volunteer?
I helped some university instructor colleagues prepare for an English exam for several weeks. When the exam came, they all passed and we celebrated. We had dinner, drank champagne, and talked about perceptions of history from the U.S. and Soviet Union. That evening after some conversation and fun, a colleague's husband called me his "tavareesh." This was the first and only time to this day that i have ever been called anyone's comrade.
In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?
It was through organizing a service program through my institution that I became interested in how society and community work together. That is what I research at the PhD level here at UM.
In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?
What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?
I would recommend doing all they can to learn the language of their country because they will have the richest experience.