EPCV Isabella Black: Pre-Pandemic Moments

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964-67)



New York Times, 4/25/2020

Readers share memories, images and videos from before the coronavirus became a pandemic, and reflect on what they mean now.


Isabella Black
Reston, VAI


After my evacuation and termination from the Peace Corps, I feel for what could have been. We prepared for two years of service in Senegal, but we got only a moment of our host families, the language, the service, and the country. We had just begun training on how we could help to facilitate community economic development when we received word we had to go home.

We had the chance to meet community leaders, families, and facilitators who were so eager for our continued service in the country. To return home so early from what I saw as the most incredible and challenging experience of my life has been incredibly difficult.


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