Love and Peace Corps: Brian & Allison


The Peace Corps experience changes volunteers’ lives. It launches their career or redirects it. It jam packs monumental lessons into two years and opens volunteers’ perspective to the world. And, for some, it leads them to love. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we bring you a series of stories from returned volunteers who found love through the Peace Corps. 

Couple: Allison and Brian Ristola
Service: Both were education volunteer in Tanzania, from 1995-97
Hometowns: Allison is from Sacramento, Calif., and Brian is from Rice Lake, Wis. They currently live in Mexico.
Their story: For Allison and Brian Ristola, one Peace Corps service was not enough. Continue reading “Love and Peace Corps: Brian & Allison”

Moldovan believes in Peace Corps’ great impact on his country

One of Rok Teasley’s projects during his Peace Corps service in Moldova was a series of camp counselor trainings that focused on team-building, leadership and youth engagement. A fellow volunteer introduced him to Molodovan Cristian Ziliberberg, who was working for a public policy group that conducted outdoor trainings similar to the work Teasley was doing with his trainings. They started meeting weekly to discuss different types of outdoor trainings and how they could strengthen each other’s organizations. Teasley also led a team-building activity for Ziliberberg’s organization that was unique to anything they had done previously.

“It was a rather unusual team-building activity because it had a lot of psychology elements and it created a new dynamic in our organization,” said Ziliberberg, 34. “It was amazing that we had Rok, a conceptual mind, among us.”

That was the beginning of a friendship that expanded cultures and now continents. The two were reunited in Chicago in 2011 when Ziliberberg moved to the U.S. to work on a doctorate in Management and Organizations and Sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Teasley, who served from 2005-08 as an organizational development and social work volunteer, works nearby at the Peace Corps Midwest Regional office in Chicago and has invited Ziliberberg to speak with him at recruiting events about the work they did together and their lifelong friendship. Continue reading “Moldovan believes in Peace Corps’ great impact on his country”

Meet your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Rok Teasley

Name: Rok Teasley
Country of Service: Moldova, 2005-08
Assignment: Organizational Development/Social Work
Recruitment Territory: Chicago Continue reading “Meet your Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiter: Rok Teasley”

Old Brooklyn, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Moldova


Carol Stadden, 55, of Old Brooklyn, Ohio, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Moldova June 4 to begin training as an agriculture business development volunteer. Stadden will make a difference training entrepreneurs and managers in business planning, marketing, and financial management, while also advising agribusinesses, cooperatives, and farmers.

Stadden, who earned an associate sous chef degree from Portland Community College in Portland, Ore., in 1981, has worked as a pastry chef and baker over her career. She also has gardening and agricultural volunteer experience with the Fairhill Intergenerational Gardening program and Cleveland Botanical Garden, both in Cleveland. At home, Stadden is a backyard beekeeper, vegetable gardener, and canner. Continue reading “Old Brooklyn, Ohio, resident begins Peace Corps service in Moldova”