Peace Corps Guyana, South America

"Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed - doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps - who works in a foreign land - will know that he or she is sharing the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace." -JFK

I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and served as a Community Health Educator for 2 years in Guyana, South America.  Click here to read As My Adventure Unfolds --the blog I kept from 2009 to the beginning of 2012.

The thought to join Peace Corps was first brought to my attention in late 2008 as I was sitting around with my family talking about my life and what I wanted to do. My uncle suggested that I look into becoming a Peace Corps volunteer. I went to the website and researched and I thought it sounded like a great opportunity to gain real life experience, to see another part of the world, and to serve others.  After attending an informative seminar on Peace Corps I began the application process. It took 9 months before I got an acceptance call and then 6 weeks later I began my Peace Corps Guyana adventure.

Peace Corps was a challenging experience.  There were many days spent in my hammock where I wondered if I was truly making a difference or if I was just wasting my time.  But I can definitely say that the experience was life changing and rewarding. I met amazing people and made life-long friends. I got to travel the beautiful country that is Guyana. I learned about a new culture and way of living. I educated kids and adults. I learned a lot about myself and I grew.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"

My time in Guyana and as a Peace Corps volunteer will forever be a part of me. I am so grateful for the experience and adventure!