So, I’ve actually made the decision to start seriously considering joining Peace Corps last week, but this week, I’ve been reading up on all the blogs, the Peace Corps Wiki, the Peace Corps website, and just generally trying to grab any and all information about joining up. I’ve pretty much settled on applying in the next few weeks, since I feel that it would be a great step in the direction for me.
To be quite honest, I’m actually a bit conflicted in how I’m feeling about the decision. This is a major decision. It’s over two years of my life, for Peace Corps. At the same time, I’d be doing a lot of good. I’d get exposure to the world out there. I’ll see a whole different culture, see what it’s like out there, and experience a whole new world in my eyes and thought process, and in the process of doing so, I’ll grow from it, change, and be a different person because of it.
It will be extremely challenging for me if I actually do join up and get sent to wherever I go for my assignment. I’ll be learning a new language, and the rules of the culture and society norms wherever I go…and I believe I will need to learn how to write in that language specifically. I’m deaf, so there’s the added pressure of making sure that I overachieve what language I need to learn…and picking up on the sign language of the country if need to be.
From a lot of people who are prospective Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs for short), I’ve learned a bit about the application process. I’ve also contacted someone that one of the people I know in my hometown knows that is a deaf PCV. Or a deaf RPCV (retired PCV)…not sure which she is. I’m hoping that I’ll hear from her, and I can get more information on it with her.
It’s a major step. But I think it’s the right major step. Yes, my life will be in an major upheaval if I do get in, and get to go. But I think I’ll be stronger for just going through the process, and learning from it. So, we will see how it goes, eh?
P.S. – Yes, I submitted this blog to the Peace Corps Journals . My hope is that as I start on this journey, I can help others, especially the deaf prospective PCVs learn from my experience in the application process, and know what to expect, generally. So, yeah. Here goes!!