I am planning to join. I can imagine others here are as well.
I hope to land in North Africa or East Asia.
Anyone have any advice or stories willing to share?
It’s not what it seems like, that stuff they show in the ads and movies is all fake and nothing like the real thing.
I was in that stuff before, in Afghanistan and Kosovo. It was nothing but a waste of time and energy. Maybe it’s different for you, but I think you should really look into the stuff before deciding to do it. I didn’t, and that was a big mistake.
I’ve always thought that I would join someday.. I’d imagine it’s not all butterflies & rainbows.. but nothing is (*edit, nothing meaning no program organized in a monetary society). I think if anything it would just be an awesome experience.
Yes, could you elaborate on your plans a little Jared?
The problem with these types of things is that you’re never quite sure where and how you end up. Some shit changes people forever, and not for the good. I’d just imagine there are even more awesome experience, onces that also do more good and are healthier for body and soul. Do a good soul search and be honest what is likely to happen.
Could you tell more about your experiences Manimal? Why do you think it was a big mistake?
I’ve only just begun serious research about the organization. I have talked with many great people so far whom shared many different experiences.
To me Peace Corps represents the future of a global America. An America that does not intrude where help is not desired, but one that uses abundant resources – namely citizen volunteers – to aid the well being of brother countries.
Individually I feel the Peace Corps will provide me the opportunity to travel to various countries, improve the name of the United States and prep me for my return. Granted, I am a student of Political Science and this type of thing is designed for me in mind – experience needed for possible office.
Ultimately I am looking to give back and broaden my horizon.
While a spiritual trek across India, of the likes of my idol Ram Dass, would be most desirable, a government funded program should prove more feasible.
Thanks for the feedback.
It’s nice to type these thoughts out.
Traveling is always enlightening. If you are looking for an experience, GO FOR IT, regardless of the effectiveness of the program.
I would agree with Martijn, though. The random decision process could throw you somewhere completely miserable and average. With that time, you could, yourself, visit dozens of other countries. Have you considered your other options?
Well doing something to help other people. Has nothing really to do with “average”. Insuring safety for other will put you in situations that will more or less fuck up your head and leave you emotionally damaged.
But you are helping other people. That’s what a true hero does.
The Peace Corps are awesome, I’ve looked into it, but after years of thinking and researching, I decided that it was not for me. I’ve heard a lot of good and bad things about the program. Some people have life-changing experiences, some people have bad ones, like those interviewed for an episode of 20/20 that investigated some claims. In the end, I decided what I really wanted to do was something good and that it didn’t mean I had to do it through the Peace Corps. There are many other missions programs you can do and ways in which you can live abroad (finding a job, teaching English, saving money/selling all your stuff and backpacking). In these, it’s not like you are signing your 27 months or whatever it is to the government. You’ll be free to decide you want to do something else in that time.
Again, this is how I ended up weighing my options after years of considering what to do. I had my personal reasons and so will you!