Contrary to popular belief, the Peace Corps is more than just picking a spot on the map, packing your bags, and venturing on your way.
The last 6-8 months of my life have been filled with more paperwork, essays, and soul searching than I have done in a long time. The Peace Corps does not take the application process lightly and continues to check in with invitees on their aspirations to serve.
I decided to explain my 3 reasons for joining Peace Corps in quotes given to me from friends, family, and fellow PCVs on my way.
1. “Only you know what will make your life fulfilling.” – Ashley H.
Whether it be Peace Corps, starting a business, or even going back to school, only you know what fulfills your life. Whatever it is, do it. You know why? If you don’t, someone will do it for you, or other things will get in the way, and believe me, they will.
Peace Corps to me means being the servant leader I was born to be. Living and breathing it day-to-day for the next 2 years. This is what makes me jump out of bed in the morning (I woke up at 5:30 am this morning and ate breakfast). This brightens my souls. This tugs my heart.
Peace Corps fulfils me.
2. “God uses ordinary people to carry out his extraordinary plan.” – Courtenay Y.
I am no one special. An ordinary girl with a plan to make a difference in this world. In saying that, I am small and the world is so big.
I’m a firm believer that everyone is created for a purpose. Each person has a role and place on this earth.
I joined Peace Corps because I wanted to do something bigger than myself. But, I can’t go at it alone, I know this.
I’ve been blessed with a group of 31 other volunteers who are here to help carry the load.
3. “Fall in love with your country as quickly as possible because when you do, you’re more likely to forgive.” -Christina, RPCV
I joined Peace Corps to love people. All people. Especially, people different from myself.
As I step off of the bus on day 1, my eyes swelled with tears as we were welcomed with Namibian hymns from a local choir.
These people know nothing about me and are hugging, greeting, feeding, singing, and welcoming me with open arms.
I know that the next 27 months will have its share of ups and downs, but I am certain I will have room in my heart for more love and forgiveness.