In celebration of Black Heritage month, Geeks and Company’s Geeking Out and Little Black Village will be posting a series of interviews and Photo collections from Black Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and others who have really pushed the spirit of global citizenship and giving back to the community. Please join me sharing their experiences. We reached out to Issac Eaves, a graduate of Morehouse and recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He was kind enough to share some photos with us of his Peace Corps Experience.
Before going into detail about my Peace Corps experience, you must first understand who I am as a person. I grew up in the inner city of Atlanta with very little racial diversity; however, I was exposed to very many different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences through family, school, extra-curricular activities/programs, and international travels. From my childhood experiences I developed a passion for service to others, especially those in underserved communities. Growing up, my dad served as a Regional Manager within the Peace Corps, but it wasn’t until meeting Mr. Leslie Jean-Pierre as a student at Morehouse that I began to deeply consider the Peace Corps as an opportunity for me.
I translated my passion for service and interest in international travel into service as Peace Corps Volunteer. I served as a Primary School teacher in the country of Lesotho. Lesotho, also known as the Mountain Kingdom, is landlocked inside of South Africa. Known for its mountain ranges, snow, and unique culture, Lesotho became my home away from home for 17 months. I endured many challenges, such as the language barrier, cultural differences, and living without electricity and running water to name a few. However, I truly agree that my Peace Corps experience was “the toughest job I’ll ever love”, and I certainly learned a lot about the country of Lesotho and myself.