How to Join the Peace Corp
The Peace Corp is a great organization dedicated to helping other countries in need. About ninety percent of Volunteer positions require a four-year college education. While professional educations can help a candidate meet all requirements for administration, the Peace Corps additionally considers work, hobbies, and other volunteer experience that may align with what they are looking for.
If you have a specialized skill, there are some unique projects in the Peace Corps for which experts are mostly desired. This could be engineers and urban organizers in Mexico or college level instructors in Eastern Europe and China.
If you have a degree in liberal arts, An ideal path to being considered by the Peace Corps is to volunteer for 30 hours or to have coached or volunteered for at least 3 months. Volunteers with degrees in humanities and social sciences will most likely be placed as an English teacher or health education and community development. The more experience you have in these fields, the more focused your application will be.
Those with an associate's degree or no degree may still have the opportunity to apply since there are some projects that do not require a four-year degree. For those with no degree, you must have 3–5 years full-time work involvement in business, agriculture, construction and communications technology, development, or not-for-profit association.
Sam Gray of Boulder, Colorado applied and joined the Peace Corp and has recently completed the two-month training period as a new member. As an official Peace Corps volunteer, Sam wants to make a big, substantial and positive difference in people’s lives, and is working towards being a source of hope, inspiration and opportunity for people throughout the professional community. You can read more about Sam’s volunteering experience on his blog at www.kayaklimon.wordpress.com.
Sam Gray Boulder Colorado: The BolderBOULDER
Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received degrees in Economics and International Affairs. At present he is a volunteer with the Peace Corps and living in the Dominican Republic, where he is involved with an ecotourism project on the Scientific Reserve of Laguna Limón.
In late May he invariably thinks about what is going on back home in Boulder. Each Memorial Day, the city hosts the BolderBOULDER road race, although organizers like to point out that the BolderBOULDER is not your typical race. It is always held on Monday, Memorial Day, rain or shine.
As Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado knows, it is one of the most popular draws in the area for runners of all skill levels. The BolderBOULDER starts in waves, with each wave consisting of a different skill level or other group. Between 7 o'clock and 9:30 in the morning, some ninety waves are launched, with two International Team Challenges, the men's and women's teams, beginning a couple of hours later.
There are many elite runners taking part in the BolderBOULDER race, but more than fifty thousand runners, on average, make up those ninety or so waves, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Even the non-professionals train for months to take part in the race, and they take it very seriously. Many others view it as something of a lark, and take the course at a leisurely pace, alternating between running and walking. Some participants have been known to run in costume.
Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado understands the race is a uniquely Boulder event, and it is a fun time that thousands look forward to.