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Tiffany Piland ( -
Posted on Friday, March 03, 2006 - 11:25 am:   

I am 22 years old. I have been very interested in joining the Peace Corps. I want to finish school completely before joining. I have a few quick questions:
1) I am a woman. Has anyone encountered any greater risk b/c of this or is it relatively safe?
2) I would like to teach English. What kind of experience would you recommend to qualify for the program? I am getting a BA in Humanities and a MA in History.
3) I heard that the smallest bits of experience can get you into a program. For example: if you have gardened, you could be eligible for the agriculture program. Is there any truth in this?

If anyone could be of help with this, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Anonymous ( -
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 1:04 pm:   

As far as being accepted you're going to be fine if you are flexible and persistent - it is just a matter of time and jumping through all the hoops to get an invitation. It will take time and be incredibly frustrating, but it will ultimately be worth it. As far as risks, it is impossible for anyone to answer that without knowing which country you would be serving in, and almost as importantly which part of the country. Volunteers end up in both urban and rural settings, and relative "risk" is usually a function of the specific community where you are living (as it is in the US). In the end, if you look at the yearly mortality and morbidity data, I would suspect that being a PCV anywhere is not all that statistically more dangerous than life where you're at now, just a different set of risks (U.S. rates of homicide and violent crime are some of the highest in the world, for example, and 34,000 people die every year from "medication errors" in the US).

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