Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps
About This Episode
Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps.
A mix of archival film and photographs, along with personal stories from former volunteers, tells a story of service and idealism. Interviews convey the volunteers' passion, commitment and bravery as they lived and worked in developing countries, including South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East. From almost fatal obstacles to spiritual epiphanies, these men and women describe their transformative experiences. Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993–2001), recounts the adventure of serving in Iran between 1962 and 1964. “What the Peace Corps really did is make me a citizen of the world,” says Shalala.