Megan Riethmiller wanted to serve in the Peace Corps since childhood, a dream that began in kindergarten with a pen pal who was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. Yet, her service in Uganda was marked by tragedy when she was sexually assaulted on her first day of teaching. This, however, is only part of her Peace Corps story. Photos from Megan’s Story Megan Riethmiller’s Peace Corps Story Where and when did you serve? What did you do? I was an Education Volunteer in Uganda from 2015-2016. I served in a primary teacher’s college before being transitioned to a village primary school. I greatly enjoyed my time at the primary school where I taught literacy to P2, P3, and P4 pupils. I also helped my school develop a relationship with the national spelling bee competition and worked on a Reusable Menstrual Pads workshop for P4-P7 pupils. My non-school related activities included: Grassroots Soccer to teach HIV/AIDS prevention through the sport, the Malaria Think Tank, and Youth Technical Training workshops throughout Uganda. What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories? I have many great memories of Peace Corps, and it is hard to pick one. My favorite memory at school was the RUMPS workshop and seeing both boys and girls making the RUMPS. Everyone was singing and dancing while they were sewing, and it was a fantastic experience to witness. They were all genuinely excited about the project. The girls were ecstatic to have these pads and the boys took home the pads to give them to their mothers and sisters. It was one of the most uplifting experiences of my service. Also, the Youth Technical Training experience greatly transformed my outlook of my service. I also have to say that some of my best memories are with my fellow volunteers. As a cohort, we went and stayed for a weekend at a hostel on the Nile River, and it was easily one of my best experiences in Peace Corps. What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories? I think everyone is expecting me to say my sexual assault since that has become the main focus of my service for many news outlets and outside people. However, I will say it is a broader theme of feeling helpless and failing. When I signed up to be a volunteer, I went in with all that humanitarian motivation of going and changing the world. And for anyone who has done Peace Corps, we know that the reality is far more complicated than that.