February 17, 2005: Headlines: COS - Mongolia: Recruitment: Safety and Security of Volunteers: Water Polo: Sports: Pepperdine Graphic: "I'm getting another college education for free," Mongolia PCV Jay Wilkes said, citing how he's learned about himself, a new country, culture and language and working to receive his masters through the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Mongolia: Peace Corps Mongolia : The Peace Corps in Mongolia: February 17, 2005: Headlines: COS - Mongolia: Recruitment: Safety and Security of Volunteers: Water Polo: Sports: Pepperdine Graphic: "I'm getting another college education for free," Mongolia PCV Jay Wilkes said, citing how he's learned about himself, a new country, culture and language and working to receive his masters through the Peace Corps.

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"I'm getting another college education for free," Mongolia PCV Jay Wilkes said, citing how he's learned about himself, a new country, culture and language and working to receive his masters through the Peace Corps.

I'm getting another college education for free, Mongolia PCV Jay Wilkes said, citing how he's learned about himself, a new country, culture and language and working to receive his masters through the Peace Corps.

"I'm getting another college education for free," Mongolia PCV Jay Wilkes said, citing how he's learned about himself, a new country, culture and language and working to receive his masters through the Peace Corps.

To join or not to join the Peace Corps

Katie Clary

Living Editor

The Peace Corps and college graduates go together like peas and carrots and have since its inception 44 years ago. In 1960, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged a group of 10,000 students at the University of Michigan to serve their country by promoting peace through living and working in developing countries, thus inspiring the federal agency that officially took shape the following year.

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But Pepperdine alumnus Jay Wilkes, who has now served one and a half years in Mongolia, says he feels "incredibly safe."

"Peace Corps gives you ample warning," Wilkes said. "If you do certain (dangerous behaviors) that you are warned against countless times, but you do them anyways, then it's your own ignorance."

Wilkes, who graduated in 2002, recently returned to the United States on a brief sabbatical from his Peace Corps post in Mongolia. He teaches English to schoolchildren in Govil, a 1,200-person village located 400 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital.

While he is tremendously satisfied with experience, in fact staying in Mongolia for a third year, Wilkes acknowledged the necessity of enterprise and a can-do attitude in the Peace Corps.

"When you get there, you may have to make your own job," Wilkes said. For example, he teaches class only 10 hours a week. Encouraged to take on a community project in his free time, the Huntington Beach native is launching the first water polo program to exist on Mongolian soil.

His 27-month commitment to the Peace Corps ends June 25, culminating with the "English Olympics" competition between students in his host province and his kick-off of the water polo program in the nearby city Erdenet.

"I'm getting another college education for free," Wilkes said, citing how he's learned about himself, a new country, culture and language and working to receive his masters through the Peace Corps.

"I'm do glad I made this decision when I am young," he said.





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