|James A. West (c-67-168-219-225.hsd1.or.comcast.net - 188.8.131.52)
|Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 11:27 am: |
I am 55 years old, will retire in 3 years, speak no foreign language, and do not have a college degree. However, I have tutored English and math for two community colleges, have published short stories and articles, taught a class for my local community education organization on 'Manuscript Marketing' and am an articulate speaker. Also, I'm very computer literate, design websites, and even know how to replace hardware 'internals'.
More importantly, I am motivated to spend my post-retirement life in service to others. Question is, is that enough to qualify for PCV work? Most of the PCVs I've read about are young and college educated, making it seem like persons without college degrees (and older) are given much less of a chance to volunteer ... even if their desire to volunteer is strong. And before volunteering, I'd like to hear from PCVs about whether or not this is true. Please be honest, even brutally honest (grin).
One note about me. I've always been a minimalist, not out of necessity but out of choice. In my early childhood, I grew up in a farmhouse that did not have electricity or running water. Pumped water was used in the home and all showers were cold showers. 'Plumbing' consisted of visiting the 'outhouse' ... icy cold in winter and plagued by yellow-jackets in summer. Point is, I have firsthand experience in adversity. And as a minimalist, it would be far less of a shock to me to live under adverse conditions.
But seriously, is motivation enough ... or should I expect to be denied PCV status due to age, lack of foreign language experience, or lack of a college degree? All answers to this question, positive and negative, would be appreciated.
|RPCV (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - 184.108.40.206)|
|Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 12:37 pm: |
Hello James West;
If I were Peace Corps I would lap you up in a NY Minute. But of course Peace Corps has special rules.
I entered Peace Corps at about your age with lesser abilities but with similar early background
and discovered that my age and early background were desired by my host country. I was sent to a village where no one else would stay because I knew what to think about "no running water, little
electricity, outhouses," ["It's the method here."]
I have never been so welcome in a place anywhere. It takes a while to do the application so you're not too early. Good Luck!
|James A. West (c-67-168-219-225.hsd1.or.comcast.net - 220.127.116.11)
|Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 2:48 pm: |
"Special rules?" Not sure what you mean. But to me, it wouldn't matter so much where I was sent as it would "where could I be of most value."
It's odd. Ten years ago, I was a married man and caught up in the same lifestyle other U.S. citizens are ... but only for the sake of the wife and son. I've never surrounded myself with "things." I've since divorced my wife (the 'queen' of consumers, hehe), she's since filed for bankruptcy (consumed too much), and my son is out on his own. Right now, I live in a studio apartment about the size of most people's bedrooms, have a daybed, a TV, a computer, a radio, and selected books. That's about it ... and I love it. And now on the eve of retirement, things are becoming much clearer to me about life's purpose - and being of service to others is at the top of the list.
P.S. I've never been a hobo (grin) but am a big believer in the hobo ethic - that no person owns possessions. Rather, persons are owned "by" their possessions. I remember that Mother Theresa, the nun in India, only had one thing she called a 'possession' - a bucket she used to get water. I suspect I'd be a teensy bit more demanding. I'd probably want to take along a dozen or so books with me (and hope for decent-enough light to read them).
BTW, if I fill out the application, do I have to be "open" as to availability ... or can I specify that I have to wait until my retirement in July, 2008?
|RPCV (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - 18.104.22.168)|
|Posted on Friday, December 16, 2005 - 10:16 am: |
Having served in Peace Corps as a method to be of service to ManKind is still my choice. It gave me the grand opportunity to use both my expertise in natural farming and my love for producing clean and whole food, as I healed the section of Planet Earth on my miniscule scale, which was my host
country's request when they happily discovered I knew the method. Peace Corps had tried to get rid of me when they found that out before training. I was supposed to sell harsh fertilizers which killed soil life [the life
of the soil ], to the village I was sent to.
As it turned out, the villagers were mostly barefoot, didn't have a change of clothes, had
no idea what I meant about the use of fertilizer which was not needed anyway as the farmland was very rich all by itself. But they knew how to get me to safety, carrying me in their arms, when I
contracted a first day fatal brain disease Peace
Corps never mentioned - not even to this day.
Amazing that those Fellow Persons are so callous and vicious.
Now I am on the Third Goal of Peace Corps; that of bringing back what I learned from where Peace Corps sent me! Only I find that Peace Corps will not hear it! It keeps running new Volunteers through its conveyor belt of Special Rules.
One for me was to have my shrink write a letter
saying something like I was mentally healthy. You can probably guess where this is going. One can wonder who among the Lack of Leadership in Peace Corps is mentally healthy when their idea is to let Volunteers die in the field [Yours Truly for one. Peace Corps tried, I just didn't die]. I was more mentally healthy than my shrink, too.
Another Special Rule is the health examination... it really is a good idea to have one. Only thing wrong with my health was vaginal yeast which had to be stopped. I went to a former Peace Corps
doctor who gave me some Peace Corps Pills
which did not stop the yeast. So I stopped it!
With a vinegar douche. Doctor said that was not acceptable. Jeeez!
My dental exam was likewise great. I have always
had good teeth. But eight of them went bad
during the six weeks of torturous ICU in
Nairobi Hospital. I had three repaired when
I had to leave the area. Peace Corps told me I needed to get them done at this dentist's office but I did not get disabiity pay so went to a
relative's house to live. I paid for getting the
rest of the bad teeth fixed.
This is not to say that you should not join
Peace Corps. It's to say that you need to
inform yourself before joining and keep it to
yourself. Peace Corps is a political USA agency
which acts in conjunction with Big
Businesses like pill and fertilizer companies.
There is so much to tell that I forgot where
I was going and will skip to the application.
The applicant has the right of choice as to where they want to go, but it can take longer to wait
for that particular slot. If the applicant will
What does BTW mean?
|Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-238-72.balt.east.verizon.net - 22.214.171.124)
|Posted on Friday, December 16, 2005 - 11:12 am: |
BTW By The Way
To help assist those new to WWW messageboards or USENET newsgroups on just what all those acronyms mean.
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
ADN Any Day Now
AFK Away From The Keyboard
AISI As I See It
AMF Adios My Friend
AOBTD Another One Bites The Dust
ATB All The Best
ATK At The Keyboard
AYT Are You There
BBL Be Back Later
BBS Bulletin Board System
BCC Blind Carbon Copy
BFN Bye For Now. (or B4N)
BOC But Of Course
BOL Best Of Luck
BTW By The Way.
CUL See You Later
DFM Don't Flame Me
EOD End Of Discussion
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FITB Fill In The Blank
FOAF Friend Of A Friend
FWIW For What It's Worth.
FYI For Your Information
HP Home Page
HTH Hope This Helps
IAE In Any Event
IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IOW In Other Words
ISP Internet Service Provider
IYD In Your Dreams
JAS Just A Second
JMO Just My Opinion
LOL Laughing Out Loud
MHOTY My Hat's Off To You
NIFOC Nude In Front Of Computer
NMI No Message Inside (or NM - no message)
NRN No Reply Necessary
OIC Oh, I See!
OLT One Last Thing -OR- One Last Time
OOTB Out Of The Box (brand new)
OTOH On The Other Hand
PITA Pain In The Ass
PMFJI Pardon Me For Jumping In
RL Real Life
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
RSN Real Soon Now
SIT Stay In Touch
SITD Still In The Dark
TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TYVM Thank You Very Much
UOK You OK?
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