This horse loved to run in the gently lapping waves of the Caribbean.

I met these gentlemen in 2001 on a long walk & they played me a tune.

Mark, at far left at our Swearing in Ceremony in September 1999.

Name: Mark Sandstrom
U-M Affiliation: Staff

Where do you work?

Population Studies Center, ISR

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?


Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

The island nation of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

I was attached to the Ministry of Education. I built computers from old parts, distributed them to schools around the island and taught school teachers to use them. I wrote and received a grant to set up a small computer lab in the little fishing village where I lived for all the members of my community.

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

Pulling in the fishing nets in Scotts Head Bay on Saturdays with 20 other villagers.

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

The Peace Corps changed my life in so many ways. Even now those two years inform my most important decisions and how I view this country and the rest of the world.

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

Make an investment in yourself. Do this now when you can gain the most from the experience. Don't think about changing the world. See the change the Peace Corps experience makes in you and your life and in your future.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Peace Corps Volunteers are the living, breathing personification of how people in developing nations see the United States.

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

It's just not possible to put a price on the value of living outside of one's home country and seeing it from a new perspective, the way others see it.

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