Stories of Peace Corps veterans

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- Two years volunteering in a foreign country is an experience most Americans will never have. For a group of panelist, who have all served on the Peace Corps, it’s an experience they value every day.

“I really wanted to do something where I could look in a mirror and say I was proud of this. If I didn’t do anything else, I could be proud of this moment,” said Peace Corps volunteer Brian Webster.

Thursday night during a panel hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Colorado, Peace Corps volunteers shared their stories.

"We helped create a literacy program, a reading program. I helped to build their English curriculum to help meet the national standards that were in place,” said Webster.

"We formed a cooperative, so the farmers could sell the fruit, get a fair price for it, and market it elsewhere,” said volunteer Dan Robinson.

They're fulfilling one of the Peace Corps’ goals -- to promote a better understanding of the world to people here in America.

"Almost everything is about [America], and I think we see the vision and conflicts in many parts of the world through a simple lack of understanding,” said Robinson.

Living in Grand Junction they say there is a thing or two we can learn from people overseas.

"I've seen, with very little money, people enjoy their life far more than some Americans," said Robinson.

"Understanding how great people are, how similar we are, how enriching our cultures can be, and how amazing that experience can be in and of itself," said Webster.

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