Drawn from journals, letters, official paperwork, audio, and photographs of Peace Corps Volunteers created between 1961 and 2013, this exhibit provides a window into the unique experiences of these young men and women.
The Peace Corps’ mission succeeds when all parties benefit from the volunteers’ projects. Ideally, the U.S. government is able to further diplomatic goals abroad, the partner government gains infrastructure, and the Peace Corps Volunteer knows they have made others’ lives better. In practice, serviced asked for, services given, and services received were often unaligned. This misalignment causes frustration and tension.