February 28, 2003: Headlines: COS - Lithuania: Weymouth News: RPCV Ann Pelligrini talks about her service in Lithuania

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RPCV Ann Pelligrini talks about her service in Lithuania

RPCV Ann Pelligrini talks about her service in Lithuania

Former resident to speak on Peace Corps

By Jeanne M. Rideout / jrideout@cnc.com
Wednesday, February 26, 2003

"Five days after the Peace Corps was born, I was born," said volunteer Ann Pelligrini, who was assigned to go to the former Soviet Union.

As the Peace Corps moves forward to celebrate its 42nd anniversary, Pelligrini will speak about her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer on Saturday, March 1, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hingham Public Library. Pelligrini will talk about living and working in Lithuania, a transitioning country, as a business consultant and teacher from 199 to 2001. She will also discuss what it means to be a Peace Corps volunteer in the 21st century.

Pelligrini hopes to dispel many of the commonly held ideas about the Peace Corps that do not reflect what the organization is after nearly half-a-century of service.

"This is not your grandparents' Peace Corp," Pelligrini said.

More than 165,000 Americans have answered the call since former President John F. Kennedy created the organization in 1961.

Pelligrini, who grew up on Webb Street in North Weymouth, found an unusual path to the Corps. After graduation from Boston College, Pelligrini worked in the business world for 15 years. She longed to be able to work abroad and experience another culture "not as a tourist." One afternoon, talking to a co-worker, lamenting that the software company where they were employed did not offer her the chance for travel, Pelligrini said that maybe she should just join the Peace Corps.

"I said it rather flipply," Pelligrini said. Yet, as fate would have it, her co-worker said his mother had been in the Peace Corps. He suggested that she and Pelligrini should talk. This ultimately led to Pelligrini beginning the "excruciating" application to be a Peace Corps volunteer and finally having the chance to live her dream.

"It's not a vacation. There is a lot of frustration and hardship. But I made some wonderful friends and I made a lasting contribution," Pelligrini said.

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