Receiving my assignment

Hanging out with a Turkmen camel

Hanging out with my host family

Name: Eugene Liu
U-M Affiliation: Staff

Where do you work?

UMHS

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

2002-2004

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Turkmenistan

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

As a health volunteer, I helped to setup preventative health programs.

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

My counterpart, a physician, made a strong impression with her ability to transform vision into reality.

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

Mushroom hunting with my host brothers in the desert near the Afghan border stands out in my mind.

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

Being a health volunteer gave me an opportunity to connect with people in the most fundamental of ways -- through a caring relationship. It reinforced my decision to become a physician.

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

Success as a volunteer requires self motivation and the ability to be flexible in challenging and resource poor situations.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

The value of Peace Corps lies in its ability to expose Americans to disparities in other parts of the world, thereby challenging returned volunteers to do more for others.

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

1. Human capital is the most important part of any enterprise. 2. Sustainability is vital to effective development.

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