That was where it turned from a “I want this for me” to a “I need to do this for others” feeling. And that’s when I knew it was something I not only wanted to do, or could handle, but I needed to do it to give back to the world. I needed to use my skills and body and vigor to provide a service to others who needed it. I needed to learn how to give to others, to give myself and everything I am to other people, to help them. … More How I fell in love with the PCV Mission
I feel a certain sorrow that the wild west is no longer an unexplored land of wonders and dangers. It’s like when you reread your favorite book for the 10th time. You always love it, and it’s always special and enchanting, but it’s never quite like the first time. It’s lost that magic of the unknown. It’s lost the surprise… And anything other than the first time reading and discovering something completely new feels like something is missing. … More Times Long Past
So this is subject to serious changes. This is really just the first draft of things I currently think I will need. I’m going to be paring down all of this significantly over the next few months before I leave. … More My Ever Evolving Packing List
I know myself. I know in a general sense what I can handle, what I can take, and the amount of cuteness I can resist. … More I know my limits… and they are puppies.
To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. … More So What Is The Peace Corps Anyway? – Pre-service
So my last post about challenges I’m expecting was kind of big-idea things. This one is about the little things I think about on a daily basis and realize I am privileged to have… Now I might be lucky and have electricity and running water for a couple hours once or twice a week, but even if I do, most of these things will still be a luxury of a past life. … More Things I’m Going to Miss
I only discovered that this was a thing that many PCV do about 2 days ago. But hey, I’ll jump on the bandwagon I guess. Since I didn’t know this was a thing, it didn’t figure into my planning during application, but I will be more than happy to provide my experience for others. So … More Application Timeline
I”m looking ahead to the challenges I will face come February when I am in-country at last. I’ve been thinking about these since I first applied and was placed under consideration for Tanzania. I’ve watched vlogs by people who served in Tanzania a couple years ago, read every blog I can find, and generally spent way too much time on my computer. … More Challenges I Am Expecting
The first part of this process is deciding where you want to go and what you want to do. One of the main tricks to getting to the interview stage of the applications process is applying early. … More The Application Process Itself
In under 30 seconds I was on the ground wiggling with happiness, then running around the yard with my confused dog watching me as I did a happy dance. Wordless joy with undefined shrieks of happiness escaped me. The waiting was over. I had a plan. I had a direction. I had a purpose again. I knew what I wanted, and strangely enough what I longed for wanted me too. … More My Experience of the Application Process