Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace Corps Volunteers have a unique opportunity to learn about and introduce solar cooking globally.

Teach a soon-to-be Corps Volunteer the skill of building and using a solar cooker. It may be just the skill needed in the region to which he or she has been assigned.  Because many Volunteers work in places where environments are sensitive, solar cooking is a good solution to the problem of limited or expensive biomass fuels. 

For more information, contact the SCI Worldwide Office.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Testimonial

“My name is Wade Steene. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

"In 1992, a set of your plans for a box cooker went with me to the Republic of Guatemala. Two of the cookers were built and used during my service there…. It was regarded as a novelty by those who saw it in use. A young single guy was not really taken seriously by the local housewives.

"To be honest, frying eggs was the extent of my culinary talents at the time. I really did not understand the limitations and capabilities of the cookers. My lack of experience using the cookers really shone through. Live and learn.

"These days I am an adult leader with my local Boy Scout troop. The boys are far easier to impress than Guatemalan housewives. They were quite impressed with my windshield shade cooker. Actually it was the chocolate cake they seemed impressed with. Fresh cake seems to get their attention.

"I have been making and experimenting with several of Teong Tan's panel cookers. Putting together locally sourced "HotPots" is now an obsession. I find it hard to drive past thrift stores. The bug has bitten hard this time around. This hobby is quite rewarding and fun to share with others.

"Many thanks for sending those plans to me.


Wade Steene”