Peace Corps Thailand Magazine

Peace Corps Thailand Magazine // Sticky Rice is published online by PCVs in Thailand. It contains feature articles, recipes, humor, travel tips, and regular columns on health care and technical advice. There is also an annual photo contest that culminates in January.


Caitlin Roman


Michael (Beaux) Mudd

Senior Editor // Instagram Liaison

Linda Smittle

Senior Editor

Michael Marano

Junior Editor

Megan Cindric

Junior Editor

Natalie Garro

Junior Editor

Carolyn Nickels

RPCV Assignment Editor

Staff Writers

Erin Hardin

Staff Writer

William Blackford III

Staff Writer

Celete Kato

Staff Writer

Rae Richards

Staff Writer

Carly Allard

Staff Writer

Kayla McCabe

Staff Writer

Angela Aguilar

Staff Writer

Bo Young Park

HYEY? Liaison

India Wirt

Technically Thailand

Sticky Rice Page



The editors of Peace Corps Thailand Magazine do their best to publish information to enrich the volunteer experience in Thailand as well as provide tips to encourage self-care and personal growth.

Caitlin Roman, 128, Editor-in-Chief

I'm from Philadelphia, PA (South Philly, represent!). I graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. From there I went on to work as a Community Partnerships Coordinator at a public school in Philly for two years, serving as a volunteer for AmeriCorps*VISTA. Currently, I'm serving in Kanchanaburi Province with my husband, Louie. When I return to the States I hope to pursue my Masters in Education. I love books, politics, photography, live music, and yoga. Today, my favorite color is orange, my favorite book is St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, and the thing I miss most about home is happy hour and bike rides free from fear of being bit by a dog. #TrustTheProcess

Linda Smittle, 128, Senior Editor

During her career at Texas Instruments, Linda wrote newsletters, created FAQS, and drafted memos and reports. While serving as a PCV in Ghana, Linda captured her experience in a blog. She's looking forward to being part of the awesome Sticky Rice team. She enjoys traveling, learning, reading and writing.

Michael "Beaux" Mudd, 128, Senior Editor

I am an avid basketball fan that was born and raised in Kentucky where I attended Western Kentucky University. For the past seven and a half years I have worked jobs such as Teaching English, building trails, working with teens, and working at the world's Northern most truck stop in places such as South Korea, Montana, California, Alaska, and now Thailand. I teach Grades 1-4 at Bansamyod School in Kanchanaburi Province.

Michael Marano, 129, Junior Editor

I grew up in western PA in a small city called Johnstown, proudly dubbed “Flood City” and home to one of the biggest Polkafests in the nation hosted by my grandfather Polish Bill. I graduated from WVU in 2009 with a degree in accounting but due to the fact that my last semester was dedicated to learning the Beyoncé, “Single Ladies” dance and accounting was boring I didn’t line up any post graduation jobs. This led to a spur of the moment move to California with my best friend to live with a stranger we had met on a road trip the previous summer. He helped us get jobs in higher education in Southern California, which progressed to further opportunities in London, Austin, TX, and now Phetchabun, Thailand. My experience is in technical writing, training, and client relations. I hate change but continually make huge life changes. To offset the chronic anxiety this causes I read (favorite: Glass Castle), watch Real Housewives (favorite city: Atlanta; favorite housewife: Kandi), listen to Brandy albums (favorite: all of them) and write (favorite: holding down backspace and pulling my hair).

Megan Cindric, 129, Junior Editor

I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and graduated last year from UW Madison with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology. I've always had an interest in other cultures, and being in Thailand has been a dream experience for me. I am currently living in Nakhon Phanom in the northeastern region of Thailand, and could not be happier in my little corner of Issan. Before coming to Thailand I spent much of my time working as a camp counselor and wilderness tripping leader in northern Wisconsin. I love the outdoors, be it canoeing, backpacking, or just climbing a tree, and also have a strong interest in writing, playing ukulele, and taking pictures of my crazy experiences here in Thailand.

Natalie Garro, 129, Junior Editor

My name is Natalie Garro. I am a currently-serving TCCS Volunteer here in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. I am originally from Colorado Springs, CO, and I lived there for the entirety of my life before moving to Thailand. I graduated from CU Boulder in 2013 with my Bachelor's in English and Philosophy, with an emphasis in Feminist Literary Theory. After University I worked as a Wine Consultant, Wine Store Manager, and Wine, Beer, and Spirits Buyer for two years before accepting my invitation to Peace Corps. In my free time, I love to be outside! You will usually find me backpacking the wilderness or for travel, running through the farmland of my village, biking to 7-11 for chocolate milk, practicing yoga, or reading just about anything. I also enjoy writing. I can also touch my nose with my tongue. Cheers!