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Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award

IN 1992, THE PEACE CORPS EXPERIENCE AWARD was initiated. It is presented annually to a Peace Corps Volunteer or staff member, past or present for the best short description of life in the Peace Corps. It can be a personal essay, story, poem, letter, cartoon or song. The subject matter can be any aspect of the Peace Corps experience — daily life, assignment, travel, host country nationals, other Volunteers, readjustment.
     In 1997, this award was renamed to honor Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965–67) whose Living Poor has been widely cited as an outstanding telling of the essence of the Peace Corps experience.

The winners are:

2005 The Things I Gave Her
by Lisa Kahn Schnell (Ghana 1998–2000)
2004 Peace Corps Was
by Peg Clement (Tunisia 1975–77)
2003 The Last Ride
by Elise Annunziata (Senegal 1996–99)
2002 Thirty Years Later
by Barbara Carey (India 1966–68)
2001 Telling Time
by Katherine Jamieson (Guyana 1996–98)
2000 No award given
1999 White
by Lynn Marshall (Mali 1997–99)
1998 Water
by Rachel Schneller (Mali 1996–98)
1997 Innocence Melts Obstinacy
by Leita Kaldi (Senegal 1993–96)
1996 To Peel Potatoes
by John P. Deever (Ukraine 1993–95)
1995 Better Remember This
by Meg Sullivan (Kenya 1992–94)
1994 The Ballroom
by Christopher Conlon (Botswana 1988–90)
1993 Broken English
by Greg Horn (New Guinea 1991–92)
1992 Development is Down This Road
by Abigail Calkins Aguirre (Cameroon 1987–90)
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