10 Reasons You Should Join The Peace Corps

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.

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Working with a local women’s group in my community.

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

What’s It like Living on a Peace Corps Volunteer Budget?

Let’s talk about that chedda.

No, I’m not talking about cheese, even though you know I’d like to be (since I’m from Wisconsin and all), I’m talking about money.

Or as we say here in Costa Rica, la plata. The silver. That cash money monaayyyy.  

You could probably guess with a title like “volunteer” that PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers) don’t make a ton of money. It’s true. We’re all broke. Continue reading