I can’t believe this is only my 4th post in the past year. 2012 has gone by much faster than last year. I have had more projects, vacations and activities to pass my time. That, coupled with feeling more comfortable in my community makes the time fly. Some highlights include: English camps, teacher trainings, playground building, trekking in Nepal, friends and family visits, among many other things.
My take on a truthful Peace Corps advertisement:
The United States Peace Corps wants YOU!
Do you want to change the world?
No? Good. You won’t. In fact, after two years you might not even be able to see any of your accomplishments.
Want to fast track your career and gain valuable skills to use on the job?
You will learn a lot of things while serving your community! Unfortunately, most of these skills are completely useless in America. Don’t fear, by the end of 2 years, you will be much more confused about what you want to do with your life. New skills like playground building, teacher training, insect eating and soccer abilities are a great addition to any resume.
Want to learn another language?
Oh, you will. In fact, by the end you will probably be begging to speak English so you can have a meaningful conversation. *disclaimer: You will probably lose the ability to speak English well (or is it good? I forget…)*
Want to live in a developing country and learn a new culture?
Yea? Cool, but don’t forget America is awesome.
Peace Corps slogan is, “This is the hardest job you will ever love”. I couldn’t agree more. Never before have I been so frustrated, bored, sick, skinny, fat, exhausted, overwhelmed, anxious, etc…
If I had the choice, would I do it again? Yes. I have learned so much over the past 2 years. Sometimes, I feel that my new skills are technically useless. Personally, they are priceless. I have learned so much about myself, my abilities and my limits.
Want to join Peace Corps? Great! My biggest piece of advice would be to go in with no expectations. Every day will be an adventure with unexpected challenges. You can go from your highest point to lowest point in one day. The biggest changes you should expect out of Peace Corps should be personal not professional.
I have 3 months left in Thailand with my biggest project still to come. If you have holiday spirit and a few dollars to spare, please donate to the Thai Youth Theater Project. Click the link below to donate!
Happy Holidays. See you next year.