I am 28. White. A Female. And a former Peace Corps Volunteer. I am HIV Positive. This is my story of how a few months, a few people, and a few events in Zambia changed me and my life forever. This is the story of how I contracted HIV and brought my Peace Corps Journey to a crashing halt... and how I am working now to pick up and put back together the pieces of my life as a newly diagnosed person living with HIV. This was not the journey I had originally planned... my path has traumatically and dramatically changed... but it is the one I am on now. There is no going back. There is only forward. I welcome you to follow along with me as I attempt to explore this new life ahead of me, whether you are someone from the Peace Corps community, or someone living with HIV. I welcome your comments, questions, suggestions, and opinions. Let us go forward together. To start from the beginning, click here He Gave Me More Than A Bracelet.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Interview With Peace Corps 101

So, a little over a week ago, I had the great opportunity to be interviewed on "Peace Corps 101 with Travis Hellstrom" on en*theos Radio. Travis is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia and has recently been hosting a 6 week online course about Peace Corps, featuring a number of guests, speakers, and professors. Now that the 6 week course has finished, Travis is launching a new series of interviews with special guests. And I got to be one of the firsts!

Please click here to view my interview page. At the top of the page you can click on the arrow to listen to my interview, or you can choose to download the MP3 file. Here is a little preview...


Interview with Jessica

In this interview, Travis sits down with Jessica, who served in Zambia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and was medically evacuated after she contracted HIV. Her popular blog, No Going Back. There Is Only Forward. follows her story, medical evacuation from Peace Corps and her current adventure as she applies to be reinstated as a PCV.

If you are interested in downloading and listening to any of the broadcasts from the 6 week Peace Corps 101 class, please click here and sign up for the course.


  1. It was so wonderful to interview you Jessica! Thank you again for taking the time to sit down with us and also join us in class. : )

  2. Thank you Jessica for a wonderful interview. You are both articulte but also so grounded. I didn't want you to stop talking. So, thank you again.

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia