porkwah Posted June 3, 2010 Share Posted June 3, 2010 i did something similar to the peace corps -- it was a one-year program teaching high school in kenya. i was 25 at the time, which made me older than most of the others but not the oldest. (there was a 40 year old woman in the program and she seemed really old to me at the time.) my reasons were mostly curiosity. i wanted to see what it was like to live in a very different culture. the year was a big success on that level, but different from real integration in the culture in many ways. curiously i ended up at a rural school which was mysteriously classified as 'urban', which meant that it drew teachers from all over the country and uganda. i didn't go into it with ideas about doing a good thing, which turned out to be a good thing because even under good circumstances it's difficult for a teacher to see that they are "helping" people, and these weren't good circumstances. if development was easy they would have already developed, someone would have figured it out. as far as peace corps went, i saw a lot of peace corps volunteers. this was a long time ago, and not every country is the same, but they had to deal with a lot of bureaucracy on one hand -- for instance, they had to account for their time to their peace corps supervisors and attend mandatory peace corps gatherings whereas i didn't have any of that. personally i wouldn't have liked it at all and would have found it a bit of a wedge between me and the community. i'd echo AB's advice -- go if you want to go. otherwise find something else to throw yourself into. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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