My partner and me.

Name: Kristine Komives
U-M Affiliation: Alumni, Staff, Student

Where do you work?

UMHS Contracts and Procurement

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1996-1998

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Kazakhstan

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

English Teacher and consultant on a microlending project

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

Two Kazakhstani nationals, one Kazakh and one Russian. One was a teacher who engaged with us on an English Environmental teaching curriculum and summer camp. The other worked as an administrator at the Cardiac Clinic in my host town.

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

I had many memorable experiences as a volunteer.

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

My experience demonstrated that nothing is impossible and there is always a way to accomplish what needs to be done.

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

I studied Russian language and Russian and Soviet history.

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

Do it!

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

A perspective of one's place in this vast world.

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

That happiness in life is not dependent on what you have, but what you do.

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