Travelling is so appealing, but moving leaving your friends and family behind can be daunting. This article clearly articulates how inspiring, eye-opening and fun moving abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer can be. You will change. You leave behind familiarity in order to step into the unknown. Your native language will mix with your adopted language. Your sense of normalcy disappears. And, you’ll be all the better for it!
TWO // Hair Culture
Culture is a huge part of Peace Corps service. In fact, our second and third goals promote cultural understanding between Peace Corps Volunteers and their host countries. Every Volunteer experiences cultural sharing in different ways from food culture to partaking in traditional events, like weddings, in their community.
Terri writes about hair culture in Zambia. Braiding hair is woven into many aspects of her Zambian site. She even had a braiding session with Zambian girls and Peace Corps Volunteers at Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World).
THREE // Happy
Millennials are changing the way we think about work and travel. In her essay for The Atlantic, Amanda Machado champions travel before work and finding balance between work and personal life. Now more than ever, people are choosing to travel. Recent college graduates are choosing to spend months or years travelling before finding a job. Spending a few years travelling can provide clear focus for a career later in life.
Machado’s advice for work-life balance: “It was not only about obtaining education and a good job, but also about focusing on how my career choices contributed to my overall well-being. It was about gaining experiences outside my career, like travel, that would have otherwise been unavailable to me.”
If a photos is worth a thousand words, this blog is worth quite a few word. A Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines documents time spent at Bulabog Putian in this photo essay. Bulabog Putian is a Filipino national park often considered a living museum for flora and fauna!
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