Thinking about joining the Peace Corps...

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    Oct 02, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    I have a degree in agriculture with one of my minors being in international agricultural development...I need experience so yay or nay or Peace Corps. Yeah its two years but what else do I have going on lol?
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    Oct 02, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    I've considered it, and one person you might contact here on RJ is Chewey-Delt. He served in the Peacecorps in Armenia.

    Personally, I'm looking at Teach for America, Americorps, and the Peace Corps. From the people I've talked to, it seems Teach For America is the most competitive but it also has the most substantial benefits and infrastructure to help you with your job(s).

    The one thing against Peace Corps is that I have heard they have a minimum of support for their members compared to other programs.

    If you're looking to get experience with international agricultural development, you should also consider looking into programs specifically designed for that. A cousin of mine had a year abroad in Europe and NZ where she participated in local/organic farming. I know its not quite the same thing, but all I'm saying is you might be surprised to find internships dedicated entirely to your focus area.
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    Oct 03, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    agri_sci said...yay or nay on Peace Corps.

    Nay. Radical right-wing Republicans are about to seize control of the US Congress, and the Peace Corps is therefore an endangered entity. Look elsewhere.
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    Oct 03, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    Nah dude plus 27 months is a LONG time. I have a friend going into it this January and I was looking into it along with her but decided against it due to the huge amount of time it takes up. Although it would be good for your minor, but it's an immense commitment.
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    Oct 03, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    Check with Chewey_Delt. He is in the Peace Corps now. Has been for almost 2 years, I think.

    And he has a blog: Peace Out: A Volunteer's Life From The Armenian Closet
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    Oct 03, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    I have a good friend and former coworker who finished the Peace Corps a few years ago, plus a friend doing it now, and an uncle who did it in the 1980s, all in Africa, and they've all said how incredible the experience is. A friend's mom is also doing it in Bosnia right now. Your experience depends a lot on where you go. A lot of people end up being English teachers, which might not be what you really want to do. Research it a little bit more and inform yourself on what your options are, and make a decision for you, not based on everyone on here saying that two years so "such a long time." In the grand scheme of things, it's not.
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    Oct 03, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI have a good friend and former coworker who finished the Peace Corps a few years ago, plus a friend doing it now, and an uncle who did it in the 1980s, all in Africa, and they've all said how incredible the experience is. A friend's mom is also doing it in Bosnia right now. Your experience depends a lot on where you go. A lot of people end up being English teachers, which might not be what you really want to do. Research it a little bit more and inform yourself on what your options are, and make a decision for you, not based on everyone on here saying that two years so "such a long time." In the grand scheme of things, it's not.


    Awesome...2 years is not a long time. I need an internship period so yeah...better than waiting around here.