Ithaca College Quarterly:
Back From The Peace Corps

Lorraine Berry in Ithaca College Quarterly

In this multi-part article, written for the then Ithaca College Quarterly, I interviewed several returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) who were all alumni of Ithaca College. The challenge of this article was that many of the volunteers used similar language in talking about the impact that the experience had had on each of them. While each volunteer’s unique posting and individual experiences were fascinating, I had to find a way to make a reader find the entire series compelling enough so that they would be as interested in the first profile as they were in the last. The key was in the interview process: getting the interviewee to focus on the experiences that no one else had had, and pushing to the background the impulse to talk in generalizations about “life-changing” or “awesome” experiences.

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