You want us to bathe there?

Oh boy, breadfruit again!

There's plenty of fish in Samoa. Take note of the Michigan wear.

Name: Karen Faaleolea
U-M Affiliation: Alumni, Staff

Where do you work?

I am a substitute teacher for all grade levels mostly in Dearborn, MI.

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

I served in Samoa nearly 40 years ago.

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Just Samoa, which was then called Western Samoa.

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Everyone in my group was to serve as a teacher.

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

The people who really had it together were the retired married couples. They were organized and knew what they were doing. I thought that these volunteers had the most to contribute.

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

There were lots of memorable moments, however, I think it was when I realized that I was never going to be "done" with Samoa.

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

I am now transitioning into retirement. I don't have plans to sit around doing nothing.

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

U-M is synonymous with the best. I have always strived to be the best.

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

I would recommend doing this after you've gained some life experience.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

The value is in seeing what's beyond yourself.

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

Make the most of what you have to work with. Be adaptable.

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