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Nicholas Custer ( -
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 3:53 pm:   

Good afternoon all...

I'm a recent college grad & license EMT-B training to be a firefighter down the road. I'm thinking of spending the next year paying off college debts, then spending some time with Peace Corps, possibly over in the Phillipines.
I was looking for any inisghts/information any of you might have about such a venture (sorry if this is the wrong place to ask) before doing so...ive been reading through your concerns on volunteer safety, and it was pretty informative - I intend to ask the corps about that next time I come in contact with them.
The idea of "Youth development" with at-risk kids sounds like something I'd be interested in...again, any insights would be appreciated. Thanks & take care.
- Nicholas Custer
Tim Hynes ( -
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 5:18 pm:   

I was in the Phillipines back in '77-'80. Maybe before you were born ?
At any rate, it was the best experience of my life.
I have a number of friends who stayed there and have businesses there, others who return on a regular basis.
It is one of the friendliest countries PC is in !
The reports you here regarding violence are somewhat one sided. The vast majority of the Country is peaceful and safe.
Also; keep in mide that the PC will defer colleage loans as well as provide a nest egg when you return. You might use this to help payoff the loans you mentioned.
My advice....don't delay entry into the Peace corps. Go when you have the fewest responsibilites. Don't let a job suck you in. Data shows that people who wait after colleage to join often NEVER join.
Also; the PC may decide that another location better suis your experience/background. You need to be flexible as to were you will serve your time in the PC.
Good luck,
Tim Hynes
Hank Miller ( -
Posted on Saturday, December 08, 2007 - 9:01 am:   

Aloha Nicolas! I lived in the PI and attended the American School in Manila, 1955-57 and returned as a Naval Aviator 1967. the PI is a fabulous country-wonderful people, magnificent scenery/beaches/jungles/mountains and food. the Islamic terrorists are down south towards Malaysia and are kept in check by both the US and PI military. it is a safe country-safer than the USA for sure. I am a recent PC volunteer nominated to serve in Business Development in Pacific Islands in Oct 2008. My second choice is the PI. Go for it. you won't be disappointed.

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