Travis Hellstrom

Volunteer: Travis Hellstrom


Travis is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader (PCVL) in Mongolia, finishing his third year of service. He also recently published the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook ( which has helped hundreds of Volunteers and raised hundreds of dollars for Peace Corps projects around the world through the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

2008 - 2011

Contributions from Travis Hellstrom

  1. Mongolia The Story of My Service

    Sometimes a story is so good that I don’t want it to end. As the pages in my right hand get lighter, I might even flip back a few chapters to try and enjoy it again—to remember what just happened and maybe catch something I missed. For whatever reason, I brought that blue invitation packet with me across the ocean, the same one every Volunteer gets in the mail with “Peace Corps invites you to serve” printed on the front. It’s been a long time since I opened it, more than two years. A c...

  1. Mongolia Newly Married

    Tunga and I after our wedding celebration

  2. Mongolia Morning of Mongolian Wedding

    Talking with my niece, Badmaa, during the morning of my wedding to her aunt, Tunga

  3. Mongolia Mongolian Wedding

    My wife Tunga and I getting married in Sukhbaatar province as Tunga's father, Jargalsaikhan, hands me a traditional silver bowl with Mongolian milk

  4. Mongolia Building a Path Together

    Building a massage pathway outside the provincial hospital, which was part of an overall stress reduction project for patients and staff

  5. Mongolia Golden Mountain

    Overlooking the sacred Mongolian mountain Altan Ovoo, or Golden Mountain, during a three week Children's Summer Camp in Dariganga village, Sukhbaatar province

  6. Mongolia Beginning Summer Camp

    Peace Corps Volunteer Todd Waite looks out on our lake in Dariganga before teaching three weeks of summer camp

  7. Mongolia Close of Service

    Close of Service Conference for our M19 Group as we finished our service in Mongolia.

  8. Mongolia Swearing In Ceremony

    Tunga and I during the beginning of my third year as a PCVL at the 2010 Swearing In Ceremony for our M21 Volunteers.

  9. Mongolia Tsagaan Sar

    Celebrating in the home of a Mongolian friend during the lunar new year, the annual Tsagaan Sar festivities in Mongolia

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.