Winning Pieces of the Peace Corps

The National Peace Corps Association revealed the winners of its My Piece of the Peace Corps YouTube video contest, which ran from July 1-Sept. 30 as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.

First place and a $2,500 cash prize went to Marlene Nancy Lopez, a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Moldova, for “The Peace Corps Effect,” which featured a Moldovan teenager playing guitar and teaching English to a group of disabled students while she talks about the influence a Peace Corps Volunteer had on her.

Carrie Pavlik of Pennsylvania will take home $1,000 and second place for “My Piece of the Peace Corps,” and third place and $500 went to John Garvey, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Burkina Faso, for “A Peace Corps Song.”

National Peace Corps Association director of communications and former volunteer in Gambia Erica Burman said:

The winning video of this contest really captures the essence of the Peace Corps experience, especially as we celebrate the 50th anniversary. We were impressed by the technical quality of her video and her original musical composition, but even more so by what she had to say about the values of the Peace Corps.

The videos were as diverse and fun to watch as anything on YouTube — everything from the camerawork to the songs to the storytelling. Still, despite their differences, they all showed the profound effect the Peace Corps has on volunteers and the people around them.