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Why The Peace Corps Is Still Relevant In 2019

Peace Corps director Jody Olsen and former volunteer from Houston Darryl Alexander talk about their experiences serving abroad.

Peace Corps Volunteers on the Khndzoresk Bridge
Houston’s Darryl Alexander (center, in tan shirt) poses with other Peace Corps volunteers on the Khndzoresk suspension bridge in Armenia.

In 2018, 351 Texans volunteered to serve in the Peace Corps. It’s the fourth largest total among all 50 states.

They joined an effort that has been in place for more than five decades now and which has sent volunteers to 141 different countries to fight hunger and disease, improve access to technology, protect the environment, and generally find ways to serve humanity.

Ask any Peace Corps volunteer, and they’ll tell you what a life-changing experience it is.

Take Darryl Alexander, for example. He’s a recent Peace Corps alum from Houston. From 2016-2018, he served in Armenia.

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Houstonian Darryl Alexander during his service in the Peace Corps in Armenia from 2016-2018.

In the audio above, he talks about his experience abroad with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty and Jody Olsen, national director for the Peace Corps. She served two years teaching English in Tunisia in the 1960s.

Jody Olsen and Darryl Alexander
Peace Corps director Jody Olsen poses with Houston Peace Corps alum Darryl Alexander.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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