Our storytellers in Episode 32 are:
Peggy Cope is a mother of four who lives in northern California. She served in Greece with Global Volunteers in 2017. She studied Interior Design. She loves gardening, good friends, food, and the beach.
Abby has six decades behind her. She has compiled a lifetime of intriguing experiences as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, traveler, curator, designer, and self-taught photographer. Through documentary photography, she uses images to convey not only the visual, but also the sensory experience of a far off land. Photographing Ipalamwa, Tanzania in the summer of 2017 for Global Volunteers was a profound and enlightening experience for her.
Julia and her daughter, Kenna, live in Charlotte, NC. Julia also has two teenage sons, Manning and Weston, who have also participated in international service programs with her. Julia teaches school part time and is also a cycle instructor, but mostly she enjoys her job as a mom. She enjoys exercise, travel, and volunteering. Finding ways to give back is a lifelong quest for Julia, and she hopes to pass this philanthropic spirit on to her children through these wonderful experiences. Global Volunteers has been a great avenue for this objective.
Mary grew up in San Antonio, Texas and studied History at the University of Texas. She joined the Peace Corps and taught high school English in Morocco for two years. After that, she married and got her PhD in French History. She spent 20+ years as an administrator in the State University of New York system, took early retirement, and returned to Texas with her husband. Since then, she has volunteered locally with several organizations, and had the opportunity to return to overseas volunteering with Global Volunteers. She hopes to be back in China this summer on the Kunming program.