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Old 11-29-2016, 07:53 AM
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He will be graduating college in May, in September he is leaving for 2 years in Macedonia. He will be teaching English during the school year and working at an outward bound type of camp for teenagers during the summer. He's a better person than I am, I don't think I could ever "donate" two years of my life for something for very, very little pay. If nothing else it look really good on his resume. He already has two offers for teaching positions at local high schools when he gets back. We are not thrilled he is going to be gone for two year, but its something he has always wanted to do.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:08 AM
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good for your son. i've hired several folks after they've done their peace corps tour, and they've al been really bright, hard-working, team players. they were able to work well with DoD clients and adapted to th culture without any issues.

i think PC has a legacy, and somewhat negative reputation to some people due to an association with hippies and such. i may not agree with some of the politics of their management, but ultimately i think it's a great program that will really help your son grow.

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Old 11-29-2016, 08:24 AM
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good for your son. i've hired several folks after they've done their peace corps tour, and they've al been really bright, hard-working, team players. they were able to work well with DoD clients and adapted to th culture without any issues.

i think PC has a legacy, and somewhat negative reputation to some people due to an association with hippies and such. i many not agree with some of the politics of their management, but ultimately i think it's a great program that will really help your son grow.
Thanks, he's not into the political stuff that goes along with it. He felt it was important to give back something. He's already done it at home and now he has the chance to do it abroad. I honestly thought it was going to be a breeze to get into, however that has changed. The amount of paperwork, meetings, etc.... was mind boggling. He has a final interview in DC in February. The only way he would loose the position is if a retired teacher would apply for the position he wants
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Thanks, he's not into the political stuff that goes along with it. He felt it was important to give back something. He's already done it at home and now he has the chance to do it abroad. I honestly thought it was going to be a breeze to get into, however that has changed. The amount of paperwork, meetings, etc.... was mind boggling. He has a final interview in DC in February. The only way he would loose the position is if a retired teacher would apply for the position he wants
sounds like you've raised a good son.

it's a very competitive program...and i think that speaks to the quality of the people that i've hired who spent some time in it.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:33 AM
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Frankly, the world could use a few more people who want to "give something back" without regard for personal gain.

Kudos to your son, and kudos to you as a parent.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:34 AM
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Good for your son. I know two people who went into the Peace Corps. One now works for the state department the other is a startup entrepreneur. $10 says he will be coming home with a very good looking eastern european wife when he is done.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:40 AM
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I hope my sons will consider that- everyone I know who has spent time abroad has benefitted, and my niece will probably never come back to the US after she graduates from the University of Edinburgh.
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I had a friend that had a degree in fisheries and worked monitoring fish catches on commercial boats. She signed up for the peace corps, planning on doing some sort of fisheries work on a pacific island. She ended up supervising building a local school, loading unloading construction materials, assigning labor and "doing about 1000 things, I wasn't qualified to do" She got to see the school completed and returned home. She was a type A personality, she described the islanders as slackers. I'm not sure where her two years fell on the good will scale.
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I lived in Kosovo for a year and went to Macedonia about every week. Interesting place the Balkans is....
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I've never met anyone that regretted it. Most people say it was a defining moment in their lives.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:21 AM
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Good on your son. The Peace Corps is very difficult to get in, and he has an assignment in a relatively safe country. He will return a confident adult, and will always be able to land a job with that on his resume.
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Very unlike most in his generation, or any recent generation for that matter. Good for him and nice job mom and dad
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:04 AM
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Thanks guys, yea Mom and Dad are really proud of him. He's a great kid, the group of friends at college are just like him. Two other's are going into the PC and one is going into the military. He's a jack of all trades kind of kid. He has 3 jobs at college and two summer jobs, loves the outdoors...rock climbing and camping. His degree will be in education, he loves history and writing and plans to teach that along with english when he returns. We plan to visit him in the summer of 2018.
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As they say around these parts.... Good on ya!
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I had a friend that had a degree in fisheries and worked monitoring fish catches on commercial boats. She signed up for the peace corps, planning on doing some sort of fisheries work on a pacific island. She ended up supervising building a local school, loading unloading construction materials, assigning labor and "doing about 1000 things, I wasn't qualified to do" She got to see the school completed and returned home. She was a type A personality, she described the islanders as slackers. I'm not sure where her two years fell on the good will scale.
the OP of this thread should feel good and from the sounds of it his son should be in a position to make a difference and enjoy it

but the story quoted above reminds me of the time many moons ago when I was walking across a college campus and came to the "free speech area" (kind of an oxymoron in several ways on a college campus) and there was a Peace Corps booth and I being interested in the plant sciences stopped and talked to the guy there

he looked very "crunchy granola" and I was pretty conservative even back them, but was looking for a way to get some hands on real world experience

I ask the guy about the Peace Corps and his time in it and his answer was "don't do it it sucks" and I of course was kind of taken aback especially coming from him

so I ask him why and he sated it like this

"imagine being dumped off as a young outsider in an area where you barely speak the language and know next to nothing about their customs"

he then went on to say "you are in an area where "elder" is what matters the most and they are very tribal"

"your job is to look at the way they farm that is from the stone age and filled with all types of misconceptions and flawed logic and tell them that everything they are doing is pretty much 100% wrong and they need to start doing it how you do"

he even told me that he would try and make a deal with the tribal leader for one plot to be farmed the way he was saying to do it and one to be farmed they way they had done it so they could compare results.......what would happen every time is after they got each plot up and going once he was asleep or away from the area or whatever all the people would come and basically screw his plot up and make it just like theirs so there was never a chance for a comparison

and knowing a bit about farming and ag at the time in talking to him it was not a case of some outsider not knowing anything about the area and thus actually being the one that was wrong it was a case of people basically doing things that are basic mistakes on any type of crop in any area and when the crops failed or gave poor yields they chalked it up to "the gods" and that was that

he said after a time he just gave up and helped them do whatever it was they wanted to do and enjoyed his time in central America until it was over

again this is not to discourage or disparage anyone that does this at all what so ever, but be prepared for what you THINK you are going to do and more so for ending up doing WHATEVER they send you to do and be prepared to not be received as this person coming to make everything better for them if even in a small way

and to be clear there was no hostility between this guy and the tribe, it was just a simple fact that they did things their way and that was not going to change period especially at the hands of some random 20yo white guy that was just dropped off for their amusement
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Thanks guys, yea Mom and Dad are really proud of him. He's a great kid, the group of friends at college are just like him. Two other's are going into the PC and one is going into the military. He's a jack of all trades kind of kid. He has 3 jobs at college and two summer jobs, loves the outdoors...rock climbing and camping. His degree will be in education, he loves history and writing and plans to teach that along with english when he returns. We plan to visit him in the summer of 2018.
I have a nephew who graduated from a Jesuit school several years ago with ed degree and went to island of Yap (Micronesia) for some sort of internship, mission, or whatever they call it.... hasn't left yet. Currently principal of Yap Catholic HS. Just loves it. His family, notsomuch. I say, go do what you love.
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I had an employee that joined the PC out of grad school (BS and MS in Chemistry).
Brilliant girl.
She did her tour in Malawi...hated every minute of the mission as it evolved...loved the people she met.
She suggested that most of her time was spent doing menial labor.
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:52 PM
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What's wrong with joining the Marine Corps?
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My freshman year roommate did this.

He is now way upper management for an international company and speaks 5 or so languages.

He is doing VERY well.

Wouldn't have happened if he didn't volunteer in the beginning . . .

Good luck
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I joined the Marine Corps at that age, if I knew then what I know now, I would have joined the Peace Corps.
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