I’ve started my application and I’m hoping to have it done by May… I’m curious though, how many leadership/volunteer activities have you all been involved in? I have a few things, but I don’t feel like anything really stands out and I’m getting a little nervous.
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Generally, from what I understand, Peace Corps is looking for some experiences which demonstrate your ability to handle diversity, disorganization, leadership roles, motivating others and getting goals and projects accomplished. For me that mostly happened in my service club experiences in high school and college, founding clubs, running societies and stuff like that. Also being an RA or TA or something like that can work too. What kinds of things were you thinking about including on your list?
Another question is how far back should I be going when I list these things?
In highschool I started a group focused on creating awareness about youth suicide, I was a youth exchange student in Romania (where I spent an hour a week trying to teach 3rd graders English), and I was a class officer (sophomore year).
In college I haven’t done much… I was part of a leadership corps with my job, I manage a small ice cream stand (but that is my employment so I’m not supposed to count it in this part right?).
I feel like there are at least a couple of things but I need to keep thinking.
I think I would mention those things from high school, especially your awareness group that you founded. I would also focus on the Leadership Corps from your time during college. Don’t worry too much, Peace Corps is definitely not going to reject you based on this part of the application. Your time teaching English in Romania is very interesting, I would use that in other parts of your application (such as your Cross Cultural Experience). What is your major? What area of the Peace Corps do you see yourself volunteering in? (Health, Education, Business, Environment, Community Development, Youth Development)
I’m majoring in Political Science and International relations and minoring in economics.
I’m interested in community development and education (education has nothing to do with my majors though, I jsut like working with kids so I don’t know if the Peace Coprs would assign me in education)
Cool majors! Chances are good that you could get education especially with your Romania experience. Peace Corps can always use English teachers. : )
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