After the 2016 presidential election, Leslie Nolan decided it was time for a break. At the time, she was the executive director of the Wilton Historical Society, but she was looking for something else. Something to do to help others.
Married, with her two grown children out of the house, Nolan found what she was looking for. She applied to the Peace Corps, a volunteer program run by the United States government where Americans provide technical assistance to communities while living abroad.