THE PEACE CORPS EXPERIENCE AWARD was initiated in 1992. It is presented annually to a Peace Corps Volunteer or staff member, past or present for the best depiction of life in the Peace Corps. It can be a personal essay, story, novella, poem, letter, cartoon, song or memoir. The subject matter can be any aspect of the Peace Corps experience — daily life, assignment, travel, host country nationals, other Volunteers, readjustment.

In 1997, this award was renamed to honor Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965–67) whose Living Poor has been widely cited as an outstanding telling of the essence of the Peace Corps experience.

The winners are —

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2013

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Through the Eyes of My Children: The Adventures of a Peace Corps Volunteer Family
Frances Stone (Philippines 1971–73)

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2012

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Out in the All of It
Chris Honoré (Colombia 1967–69)

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2011

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When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale
Matthew J. Davis (Mongolia 2000–2002)

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2010

None given

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2009

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Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with The Peace Corps in Honduras
Barbara E. Joe (Honduras 2000-03)

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Kitchen Diplomacy by Kristin Ruger (Kazahkstan 2005–07)

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2008

Second Time Around by Kathleen Johnson Coskran (Ethiopia 1964–67)

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2007

Maid in Morocco by Orin K. Hargraves (Morocco 1980–82)

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2006

The Rainy Season in Guatemala by Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000–02)

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2005

The Things I Gave Her by Lisa Kahn Schnell (Ghana 1998–2000)

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2004

Peace Corps Was by Peg Clement (Tunisia 1975–77)

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2003

The Last Ride by Elise Annunziata (Senegal 1996–99)

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2002

Thirty Years Later by Barbara Carey (India 1966–68)

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2001

Telling Time by Katherine Jamieson (Guyana 1996–98)

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2000

No award given

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1999

White by Lynn Marshall (Mali 1997–99)

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1998

Water by Rachel Schneller (Mali 1996–98)

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1997

Innocence Melts Obstinacy by Leita Kaldi (Senegal 1993–96)

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1996

To Peel Potatoes by John P. Deever (Ukraine 1993–95)

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1995

Better Remember This by Meg Sullivan (Kenya 1992–94)

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1994

The Ballroom by Christopher Conlon (Botswana 1988–90)

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1993

Broken English by Greg Horn (New Guinea 1991–92)

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1992

Development is Down This Road by Abigail Calkins Aguirre (Cameroon 1987–90)

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