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    Default The Peace Corps.

    Anyone here works/volunteers for them? I been thinking about joining sometime in the future. Anyone?
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    I wanted to do it, but I wanted to get married more. We considered getting married and joining together but he doesn't have a degree.
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    i dont know anything about em, sounds interesting considering my pseudo pacifism
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    I seriously, seriously considered it. But ultimately chose not to.

    But who knows what the future will hold? Especially if I improve my Spanish.
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    if you're considering joining you should start the application process now because it can take awhile for it to all be processed (6-12 months or maybe more).

    this blog post I found gives you an idea about the entire application process:
    The Peace Corps Application Process - From Daydream to Staging

    this is another post about the peace corps that appears relevant:
    Common misconceptions of the Peace Corps

    and.. lastly, the guy then quit the peace corps:
    My reasons for leaving the Peace Corps

    I have also personally started the application process but not entirely sure if it's right fo r me..

    apparently Obama is looking to expand the Peace Corps too, so now would probably be a good time to start applying.

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    one other thing.. I was speaking with an adviser and he said volunteering for peace corps is not the same as it was 30 years ago as it is today. he gave the example of how people he had talked with who had returned from the peace corps in the past couple years didn't enjoy the experience as much because people were paranoid that the peace corps was some kind of spy/whatever agency.

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    I'm considering it pretty seriously, myself. Unfortunately I don't really have anything they want, so I'm going to try to get some teaching ESL experience under my belt and two years of French, two things which would still be pretty useful even if I decide against it/get rejected.

    I hear they're very competitive right now, though.

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    A good friend of mine spent two years in Ghana with the Peace Corps. She cherishes the experience.

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    I'm in the Marine Corps. That count?

    Really, I've heard mixed reports about the Peace Corps though.

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    Every time I end a relationship (I am not kidding), I think to myself, "Well NOW I can join the Peace Corps!" as if the relationship was the only thing holding me back.

    I still think about it, though I'd have to consider giving up a secure income for volunteer work for 2-3 years. I'd love to go, though.
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