Category Archives: Youth

Student Artwork in the Peace Corps Community Archive

Christine Wenk-Harrison served her time in the Peace Corps working as an art teacher with students in Sierra Leone.  Her lesson plan notebook shows how Christine stressed the originality of artwork to her students. She believed art could be “something about you, your own idea, and work.” Her lesson plans also reveal her belief that teaching through art could demonstrate to her students how to work both creatively and independently while at the same time following instructions and overall directions.

Through art, Christine’s students expressed themselves, their culture, and their hopes. Below are several examples of her students’ work, held in American’s University’s Peace Corps Community Archive.

Wenk-Harrison Soccer Student Artwork

Student Artwork, Christine Wenk-Harrison, American University Peace Corps Community Archive

Wenk-Harrison Object Student Artwork

Student Artwork, Christine Wenk-Harrison, American University Peace Corps Community Archive

Student Artwork, Christine Wenk-Harrison, American University Peace Corps Community Archive

Christine Wenk-Harrison in Sierra Leone

Christine Wenk-Harrison

Country of Service: Sierra Leone
Service Type: Education
Dates in Service: 1967-1969
Keywords: Education, Youth

Accession Date: April 1, 2014
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 linear inch

Document Types

  • Art work
  • Lesson plans
  • Training materials

The Benefits of Peace Corps Service

Ever wonder what a Peace Corps volunteer actually gains from their experience abroad?  What new insights do they leave with?  What did volunteers learn about themselves?

Randal Participants 2002

Summer Program Participants, Cristo Rey Village, 2002

“I’ve survived the challenge of Peace Corps and found that I really like working with little kids.  I also found that I like to write and edit,” reflected Alanna Randall in an email to family and friends in the United States.  As a volunteer in San Ignacio, Belize, Randall worked as an Environmental Education Coordinator.  It makes sense that you might not love every aspect of the job you are assigned to do.  Yet, the Peace Corps environment provided many young individuals a chance to work in positions they might not originally choose.  Randall reflected on her own experience, “I’ve learned quite a bit about our environment, but I still don’t really feel qualified to be an ‘environmental educator.”

Volunteers like Randall left the Peace Corps with a deeper understanding of areas they were interested in pursuing post-Peace Corps, as well as those they unquestionably felt were not for them.

Randall Children 2002

Alanna Randall with Summer Program Participants, 2002

James Kolb in Colombia

James Kolb

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Cajica
Service Project Title: Educational Television, Colombian Ministry of Education
Dates in Service: 1963-1965
Keywords: Education, Technology, Youth

Accession Date: November 2004, March 2012, January 2013; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 folder

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Digital Surrogates

  • Correspondence and Educational TV documents (disc)

Willie Gaither in Nigeria

Willie Gaither

Country of Service: Nigeria
Place of Service: Eastern Nigeria
Service Type: Education
Dates in Service: 1963-1965
Keywords: Education, Youth

Accession Date: April 8, 2011; Friends of Nigeria Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 0.25 linear feet

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Leonard Lyon in Nigeria

Leonard Lyon

Country of Service: Nigeria
Place of Service: Igarra via Auchi
Service Type: Education at St. Paul’s Anglican Grammar School
Dates in Service: 1964-1965
Keywords: Education, Youth

Accession Date: July 1, 2011; Friends of Nigeria Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 CD

Document Types

  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Sound

BarbaraLee Toneatti Purcell in Nigeria

BarbaraLee Toneatti Purcell

Country of Service: Nigeria
Place of Service: Maidugari
Service Type: Education at the Provincial Girls’ School
Dates in Service: 1962-1964
Keywords: Education, Youth

Accession Date: April 4, 2011; Friends of Nigeria Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 item

Document Types

  • Memoir (Groundnut Stew)

Norm Heise in Nigeria

Norm Heise

Country of Service: Nigeria
Place of Service: Jos (Northern Nigeria)
Service Type: Education at Toro Teaching Training College
Dates in Service: 1963-1965
Keywords:  Education, Youth

Accession Date: December 21, 2010; Friends of Nigeria Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: Two items

Document Types

  • Photographs
  • Publication (Peace Corps Chronicle)