Older volunteers stories

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By carrolldiane (pool-96-232-1-100.nycmny.east.verizon.net - on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 11:50 am: Edit Post

I'm a 55 year old female considering to volunteer and would like to hear from older RPCV's as to how it went in their country? How safe they felt? How they coped with the culture, language etc? Did you go alone or with a partner?


By CarmenBailey (adsl-70-234-201-59.dsl.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net - on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 4:56 pm: Edit Post

Hi Carroll;

I was a PCV to Tanzania in 1986 in agriculture
at around age 50. I can say with emphasis that
experience, and returning afterwards to live in
Ethiopia on my own for seven years is still the best I've had in my 75 years of age. There are several other aspects like wifing and mothering and farming and dairy goating before Peace Corps, but when they all grew up or some died, I turned to Peace Corps to continue in some form. I got the exact assigment I wanted in Tanzania and do not feel anything of my making is lacking. The job basically requires commitment to Planet Earth's continual recovery, Peace of Mind for you and your villagers. If you have those attributes,
you too may find that your commitment becomes
"The toughest job you'll ever love!"

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