Peace Corps
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Before graduate school, I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in India doing public health work. I was in a small village in Mysore state.

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Did I make a difference? We can't know the effect you have had on others. We can't help changing others as we interact. I might have changed a small piece of India. I used to show films in villages. Did a child see the world anew? I will probably never know. And later did my life, post India, change other lives differently than it might have without the Peace Corps experience?
After being there about a year, I brought out my camera and found that everybody wanted to have their picture taken.