Fifty Years of Peace Corps: Performance Poem

Meleia Egger

Meleia wrote this poem in summer of 2011 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps when she was still a Peace Corps recruiter. Although she wrote it for recruitment, she finds that it often resonates strongly with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the whole Peace Corps family. We hope it speaks to YOU!


To hear the audio recording of Egger’s poem, click here.


Egger, Meleia

Meleia Egger works in Washington, D.C., as the Peace Corps Third Goal Program Specialist / Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Group Liaison. In this role, she coordinates Peace Corps Week, and develops and supports Third Goal trainings, initiatives, and contests. Peace Corps has benefitted from her skills as a performance poet, storyteller, and writer. She is the author of the recently adopted Peace Corps Pledge. She also works with RPCV groups as their point of contact and resource inside the agency for their Third Goal efforts. Meleia served in Peace Corps Malawi as a biology teacher from 2007-2009. She originally hails from Madison, Wisconsin.