Hello to all. Welcome To MAK and Back! I wanted to explain my blog briefly and the goals I hope to reach by creating this blog! I will serve in Peace Corps North Macedonia for the next 27 months (September 2022-December 2024). Peace Corps refers to my group as MAK 25 (the 25th group to serve in Macedonia), hence my blog’s title. If you have a better idea for a title, please let me know. 🙂

I created this blog to accomplish three things:


To share my experiences, lessons, and adventures with friends, family, and hopefully future volunteers!


To make information more accessible on what it is like to be a Peace Corps Trainee and Volunteer (when I was going through the process of applying, accepting, and clearance, I had no idea what to expect).


To document my own experiences through reflection (service can be challenging on your mental health, and it is crucial to journal/reflect on experiences and challenges you may face).

The Peace Corps Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

“How many of you would be willing to serve your country and the cause of peace by living and working in the developing world?”

President John F. Kennedy

JFK signing the Peace Corps Bill (1961).