The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps: What You Need to Know Explained Simply

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-01
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The Peace Corps, one of the great symbols of relief and assistance in countries around the world, is an opportunity for men and women of all ages to give a small part of their lives in the effort to help those much less fortunate than them. In 2007, the Peace Corps announced its highest volunteer number in 37 years with more than 8,000 volunteers and the Corps continues to grow as more people jump at the chance to help around the world.Many people want to join and help in the Peace Corps, and more than 160,000 people have, since it was established by President Kennedy in 1961. But, many more wonder what it involves and what they need to know before they can volunteer and sign up for the world famous Peace Corps. This informative book will guide you through the process of not only deciding whether you want to join the Peace Corps, but of showing you everything you will experience and need along the way.You will learn all of the basic lingo and necessary information needed to start the application process. You will be shown the specific qualifications to join and what you can do to boost your chances of submitting a winning application. Advice for older volunteers as well as those who are married or worried about entering another country as a minority or different sexual orientation is included in a special chapter about preparing for the Peace Corps mentality.Once you have applied and are ready for your Peace Corps commitment to start, you will learn what you should bring for two years abroad and what kind of training the Peace Corps will provide to you. A full list of the countries you might travel to and the languages you will need to learn are included, alongside the vital medical and safety information that you will need to remain safe during your travels. Learn how to stay in touch with home through the proper channels and how much travel and free time you will be permitted. Social interaction is a vital part of any volunteer commitment and you will learn how and when you can get to know you fellow volunteers and the rules for interaction with the local nationals. Finally, the process of returning to normal life will be hard, but this book will walk you through everything you need to know, including the procedure for coming home early and a full section on how to adjust to your life once more. You will also find information on incorporating your new outlook on life gained from the humbling experience of your travels into the life that you left back at home. For those interested in joining the Peace Corps who feel overwhelmed by everything it represents, this book will take your hand and walk you through every step of the way.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Introduction: What is the Peace Corps?p. 13
A President's Idealistic Legacyp. 13
A Thumbnail Sketch of Peace Corps Historyp. 14
Management and Supportp. 14
The Present Day Peace Corpsp. 16
The Benefits of Joining the Peace Corpsp. 19
Letting Experience Re-grind Your Lensp. 19
Building Your Résumép. 22
A Better Shot at a Federal Jobp. 23
An Edge for Getting into Graduate Schoolp. 24
Help with Student Loan Debtp. 25
Free Health Carep. 26
So Many Ways to Servep. 27
Education Requirements to Join the Peace Corpsp. 28
Educationp. 28
Youth Developmentp. 30
Community Developmentp. 31
Environmental Educationp. 31
Conservation and Park Managementp. 32
Environmental Engineeringp. 32
Businessp. 32
Agriculturep. 34
Healthp. 36
HIV/AIDS Outreachp. 37
Information Technologyp. 38
Food Securityp. 38
A Snapshot of Peace Corps Regionsp. 39
Volunteers of Many Stripesp. 43
Volunteers with Work Experiencep. 43
Volunteers with Associate's Degreesp. 44
Volunteers of Various Racesp. 44
LGBT Volunteersp. 45
Spouses Serving Togetherp. 45
Mature Volunteersp. 45
What the Peace Corps Asks of Volunteersp. 49
A Willingness to Leave Home for 27 Months of Servicep. 49
A Strong Desire to Improve the Lives of Othersp. 50
A Willingness to Establish and Maintain Trusting Relationships with Members of Your Host Communityp. 50
Adherence to Peace Corps Rules and Laws of the Host Country; Caution in Matters of Health and Safetyp. 51
A Willingness to Go on Any Assignmentp. 51
A Commitment to Accurately and Respectfully Portray Residents of Your Host Country Upon Your Return to the United Statesp. 52
Do You Have a Chance to be Hired for the ôToughest Jobö?p. 55
Basic Requirementsp. 55
What Makes Some Applicants Shine?p. 56
Taking the Language Proficiency Examp. 57
The Application Process in a Nutshellp. 59
Choosing a Field for Servicep. 64
Where in the World You Could Gop. 65
Determining What You Wantp. 65
Learning from Previous Travelsp. 66
Call in Some Advisersp. 67
Rating Your Requirementsp. 67
How to Applyp. 68
Application Timep. 68
When Will You Set Off on Your Journey?p. 68
Alternatives to the Peace Corpsp. 71
Why the Peace Corps Might Pass You Byp. 71
Evaluating an Alternative Programp. 71
Short Stintsp. 72
Spring Break Programsp. 72
Becoming an Exchange Studentp. 73
People to People Ambassador Programsp. 74
Protecting Yourself from Crimep. 77
Crime Statisticsp. 78
It Pays to Know Your Neighborsp. 78
Where There is No 9-1-1p. 79
What to Watch Out for When You are inp. 80
Medical Concernsp. 81
Medical Statisticsp. 81
Relationships with Localsp. 82
Medical Carep. 82
Eating Safelyp. 83
What to Watch Out for When You are inp. 83
Packing and Trainingp. 85
Take it or Leave It?p. 86
Learning the Language and Culturep. 86
Practical Guidance and Technical Trainingp. 87
Living In-countryp. 89
Housing Arrangementsp. 89
Doing the Dirty Workp. 90
Corps Cuisinep. 90
Petsp. 91
Connecting with Your Host Communityp. 91
Peace Corps Paychecksp. 94
Technologyp. 95
Connecting With Other PCVsp. 95
Keeping in Touch With Loved Ones at Homep. 96
Travelingp. 97
Working In-countryp. 99
Punching the Peace Corps Time Clockp. 99
Becoming Your Own Bossp. 99
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 99
Subsets of Peace Corps Volunteersp. 103
Who Volunteers?p. 103
Readjusting to Life in the Statesp. 107
Common Stresses of Readjustmentp. 107
Keeping in Touch With Other RPCVsp. 108
Keeping in Touch With Localsp. 108
After Settlingp. 109
Updating Your Résumép. 111
How will the Peace Corps Help You Get Your Foot in the Door?p. 111
Getting into Grad School with Your Peace Corps Experiencep. 113
Carrying on the Peace Corps Missionp. 115
Conclusionp. 121
Glossaryp. 123
Overview of Countries of Servicep. 125
Africap. 126
Asiap. 192
The Caribbeanp. 215
Central America and Mexicop. 231
Eastern Europe and Central Asiap. 259
North Africa and the Middle Eastp. 288
Pacific Islandsp. 295
South Americap. 309
Bibliographyp. 329
Author Biographyp. 331
Indexp. 333
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