Name: Jean Hornung-Starr
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Private Clinical Social Work Practice in Arizona

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1985

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Ecuador

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Quatro F = 4-H but to assist individuals to start small businesses

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

A co-volunteer, Gary Mirich, some trainers, and everyone who gave years of their lives to the cause

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

Wracked with an intestinal flu, other volunteers helped me find medicine to cure it.

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

Open my mind and heart to volunteers, and everyone trying to selflessly better their corner of the world.

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

Actually went before I went to U of M for a master's degree in Social Work. The Peace Corps taught me that I could accomplish whatever I put my mind to, even to get into the U-M, which I'd always thought was one fine and beautiful school.

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

Be ready for anything, and open your heart for everything. You might get sick, or tired, but it will be the time of your life.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Helping others, independence for yourself, unfurling your wings of success, fearlessness, fun.

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

Fearlesness, speak up for what you or those around you need.

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