This May marks the one year anniversary and halfway mark into my two-year Peace Corps service (whoo!).
As I reflect on the ups and downs of my service, and the challenges I’ve faced not only in my host country, but also the challenges I, and many U.S. citizens and Peace Corps Volunteers around the world have faced in the wake of issues and changes on our own home front, I feel now, more than ever, is the time to encourage my friends, family, acquaintances, and blog readers to consider serving in the Peace Corps.
Today Americans are needed abroad.
We are needed abroad to represent the America that believes in equality, cultural acceptance, diversity, and a better future for all.
We are needed abroad to combat the messages of hate, violence, and intolerance that seem to consistently shadow our country in the news and media.
And today, more than ever, Americans are needed abroad to promote world peace and friendship and send a message of love and acceptance to our neighbors, and countries and people around the world.
So today, I give you 10 reasons why you should join The Peace Corps.
1. You want to make a lil’ difference in the world.
Someone recently told me: “it’s impossible to make a change in the life of another or a community. You can however, make a difference.” Continue reading →
Did you know my brother Jacob served in the Peace Corps too?
When I was in my last 2 years of college, Jacob was completing his service in the country of Madagascar, the small island off the southeastern coast of Africa.
Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking about how different our experiences have been so I asked him if he would share a little bit about his time in Madagascar.
He said yes! Phew. Like he had a choice. So I threw some interview questions at him and today, we’re going to relive his experiences.
When and where did you serve in the Peace Corps? Did you get to pick your country?
I served in a small town called Befandriana-Nord in northern Madagascar from 2010-2012. I did not get to pick my country or have a say at all really. In fact I was originally assigned to Azerbaijan but was asked to change to Madagascar as the program there had recently re-opened, having previously closed due to a coup.
It had everything I love when I’m traveling–colorful and historic cities, vibrant markets flowing with local fruits and vegetables, kind and welcoming people, budget-traveler friendliness, the mountains (well volcanoes) and the beach.
What more do ya need?
In just two weeks, I visited three cities, swam in two lakes, escaped to an island, hiked to the top of a volcano, and even made it to the ocean.
Nicaragua, a country booming with character, history, and landscapes for days, will have you wondering which part of the country you should explore on your next vacation.
Well wonder no more. Because I’ve got you covered. If you’re looking to… Continue reading →
When I was just 13-years-old, I got my first job working at an Italian Restaurant right down the street from our home in cute little downtown Delafield, Wisconsin.
Coming from a family with a lot of people and not a lot of money, I always wanted a job so I could have my own cash in my own pocket; even if that meant working after school, on the weekends, and in between basketball and track practices.