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My interview on the podcast focuses on stories from Kyrgyzstan, how I got there, what I was doing there, and what has happened in the country since I left in 2015.
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I talked about a lot in this episode of the Without a Path Podcast. Here are some notes and links to things I discussed in my conversation with Joe Baur.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program - I lived in Germany for 1 year when I was 17 years old with this free program which facilitates youth exchange between local Rotary Clubs all over the world. If you would like to be introduced to a Rotary Club near you, let me know and I will be happy to help you get in touch.
United States Peace Corps - In its 50th year since being established by President John F. Kennedy, I had the honor of serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, where I launched a journalism project which has touched hundreds of thousands of people since.
Where is Kyrgyzstan? - “The Switzerland of Central Asia” is a landlocked country on the northwestern side of China. Its remoteness is only surpassed by its beauty.
Kloop School of Journalism - This nontraditional school in Kyrgyzstan teaches Western-style journalism practices to youth. Their stories are published on one of Central Asia’s most-read news sites.
Kyrgyz Media - This is the project that I launched while in the Peace Corps. Even if you don’t read Russian or Kyrgyz, just looking through the photos in the posts will tell you a lot about the Kyrgyz People.
Friends of Kyrgyzstan Cookbook - This is a cookbook written by Peace Corps Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan. Many of the recipes are of traditional foods from the area and are easy to prepare.
World Nomad Games - It is like the Olympics for nomadic cultures. Teams from all over the world compete in a series of games which have been played for thousands of years. The 2018 World Nomad Games will be hosted in Issyk-Kul Kyrgyzstan from September 2-8, 2018. I will be there for sure, will you?
During the interview, I mentioned a sacrificial sheep slaughter which temporarily converted me into a vegetarian. Joe thought it wise to include some of the audio in the Podcast episode, which has stirred a lot of questions about what the event looked like. Look no further, here is the full event for those of you whose curiosity is stronger than your stomachs.
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