Name Michael Madej
Recruiting Area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Years of Service 2006 – 2008
Country of Service Kenya
What type of work did you do in Peace Corps? Small Business and Enterprise Development
What was the most unusual food or custom you encountered? Termites and grasshoppers, they’re a good source of protein.
Describe a defining event during your service. I remember having dinner during Ramadan at a friends house and the whole evening I only spoke in Swahili with my friend and his family. After that evening I felt I was no longer just a visitor in the village, I was part of the community.
One thing you want people to know about Peace Corps. I believe RPCV and Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings has great insight on the skills he learned as a PCV, “Once you have hitchhiked across Africa with ten bucks in your pocket, starting a business doesn’t seem too intimidating.”