Repost: 10 Common Misconceptions About Peace Corps

While doing my usual rounds through Facebook today, I found this simple and fun post from another Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving in Ethiopia. She brings up some very interesting points about what it’s really like to be a PCV sometimes and I felt compelled to share her thoughts with my audience as well. Although I cannot claim to have written these words, I hope that spreading this message will help expand the sometimes limited views of PCVs around the world.

Enjoy and share!

Stand Where I Stood

Peace Corps turns 53 this week, and in honor of that accomplishment, I’ve decided to let you in on the truths behind some of the more prevalent myths surrounding this organization…

  1. We all live in huts. Ok, I thought this too. I joined Peace Corps figuring I’d live in a hut and walk to the stream to fill my buckets each day, not true. Yes, many volunteers live in homes made of mud and sticks, but they’re still homes. Mine’s made of concrete and gets really hot during dry season!hut
  2. We can only connect with those back home via snail mail. This one’s pretty dated, but I think all volunteers head to their country of service curious about how frequently they’ll be able to get in touch with friends and family back home. Well here in Ethiopia, which has one of the worst telecommunication systems in the world, I can…

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