When family and friends say goodbye to someone joining the Peace Corps they expect him or her to return in two years or longer with a lot of stories, maybe some interesting clothes, a plethora of pictures and perhaps a different view on life. It's natural to assume a Peace Corps Volunteer will go through some changes. For a few volunteers that change can include coming back to America with a husband or wife! The volunteers I spoke with didn't plan on traveling halfway around the world to find love, but the universal emotion that binds two people together knows no borders. Mary Duggan is from Duxbury, Massachusetts. She is the fourth born out of eight children and the first of four girls.
Married While Serving: Couples in the Peace Corps
President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps - HISTORY
The Peace Corps is an independent agency and volunteer program run by the United States Government providing international social and economic development assistance. Volunteers are American citizens, typically with a college degree,  who work abroad for a period of two years after three months of training. Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations , non-government organizations , and entrepreneurs in education, youth development, community health, business, information technology , agriculture, and the environment. After 24 months of service, volunteers can request an extension of service. Since its inception, more than , Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in countries.
RPCV Spills the Beans: Things to Know Before You Join the Peace Corps
For anyone perusing the endless opportunities for volunteering abroad , committing to serving two years in the Peace Corps has probably crossed your mind. In fact, the organization -- started by President Kennedy in as an outlet for Americans to help with international development and promote cross-cultural exchange -- is now probably the best-known volunteer abroad program open to American citizens. But despite the attention from the press, TV references and endless information available about joining the Peace Corps, most of us still wish there were a few things someone had told us about our service before we decided to join. As a current PCV about to finish up my service or, as we say, "about to C. After asking around the Peace Corps network, here are 10 things we all wish we had known before getting ourselves into this crazy but wonderful adventure we call the Peace Corps.
Do you want to be of service to the global community, while sharpening your own technical expertise? If you said yes to any, or all, of those questions you might just be ready to do the unexpected and join the Peace Corps. Before you sell your car, submit your resignation letter, or throw yourself a bon voyage party, there are a number of things to consider before joining the Peace Corps. Undergo intense Peace Corps training on site—this training is in Cameroon.