NorCalPCA - Storytelling



Janet Allen: The Summoning in the Night
After more than a year in Sierra Leone, Janet had adjusted well to the diet and daily rituals of her village; then came a Summoning in the Night... Watch Now>>





Ellie Adelman: The Food Dance
From her seat around the family food bowl, Ellie got a glimpse into the beautiful, the strange, and the sometimes scary traditions of Gambian food culture.... Watch Now>>




Will Spargur: The Little Girl and the Apple Core
After surviving his first year as a Math and Science teacher at a small rural Secondary School in Swaziland Will thinks he has finally settled into his new community until a little girl schools the teacher and he realizes not all is sunny skies and green veld.... Watch Now>>




Sue Castle: The Phone Call
Sue's son Nick was a curious, idealistic young man. He had big dreams and a zest for life. It seemed natural that he decided to join the Peace Corps, and in 2012 he left for China. It was a decision that would change Sue's life forever.... Watch Now>>




Hillary Braseth: Black Magic and White Motorcyles
Hilary returned from Guinea last year and is still readjusting to life in the US. She still has an inexplicable desire to move back to West Africa and spend the rest of her life there. It's as if someone cast a spell on her. In fact, she thinks that's probably exactly what happened.... Watch Now>>





Portia Boykin: The Best of Both Worlds
Portia was so excited to receive her Peace Corps invitation in the mail. She tore open the big blue envelope and saw the word ECUADOR highlighted in bold letters. She immediately thought "the jungle"... Watch Now>>





Scott Sanders: Your basic Car Accident Gypsy Kidnapping Insane Asylum Kafka LSD kinda story
A 20 year old's most memorable yet completely unrememberable experience in Yugoslavia & Greece. Watch Now>>





Allan Reed: Don't Tell Mom About the Animals
Allan reluctantly told Mom about his travels to a war zone, but didn't mention his animal adventures. Watch Now





Tina Martin: I Want to Marry Three Men
When Tina at the age of twelve, told her mother she wanted to marry three men for cross-cultural purposes, her mother thought that sounded good. Watch Now





Jenny Alton: You Should Tell Mom
This was not an uncommon reminder from Jenny's father and it became more urgent after he read an email she sent upon her arrival with her host family. Watch Now





Craig Berger: The Hippos in and Around the Mono River 
Four Peace Corps Volunteers prepared for the perfect outdoor adventure. All they needed to do was to heed the local's. warnings... Watch Now





Karen Drachler : Yoga Cat
A yoga demonstration goes horribly wrong.
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Jonny Styron: Did He Just Say What I Think He Said?
Speaking chinglish and morals about not being afraid to open your mouth.
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Marisa Huber: Sex and Tell and Tell and Tell
The good life on a luxury yacht is interrupted by an unplanned something.
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Shinita Garza: Fire? What Fire
After two years in Kenya Shinita struggles with readjustment with a little help from the fire department. 
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Roy Schachter: Gateway to Freedom
When Roy worked at Guantanamo Bay it was know as the Gateway to Freedom.
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Frank Price: Winning is Everything
Frank takes a small town basketball team to the national championships in Cote D'Ivoire. Defeat is not an option. Watch Now





Megan McMahon: The Great American Dance
A cultural mashup of traditional Pervuian dance and Motown leads to a whole new dance.
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Tell your story or listen to others' at NorCalPCA's story jams, practice storytelling sessions, and storytelling workshops!

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Storytelling Resources

Peace Corps: Stories

Share your Peace Corps story or read about others' stories on Peace Corps' website! 

National Peace Corps Association: World View Magazine

Subscribe to NPCA's World View Magazine to read others' Peace Corps stories! 

Third Goal Group

Join NorCalPCA's Third Goal Group! A group for NorCalPCA Members who are interested in Thrid Goal activities!

Storytelling Contact

Justina Wu Storytelling Organizer