Love and the Peace Corps
Through college my mantra was Peace Corps, the toughest job youll ever love.
After graduation I wanted to join the Peace Corps, and do the toughest job Id ever love.
In 2002, I arrived in Washington, D.C., for orientation before going to teach in Romania. I sat, terrified, in a conference room thinking about the next 27 months. The first thing I remember was a guy raising his hand and asking the Peace Corps official if it was true that 80 percent of volunteers come back married, engaged or in love?
I was floored. Here I was trying to imagine what Romania looked like and where Id be living. I had never even considered love.
Janice Sims was one of my fellow volunteers in Romania. She was just as surprised at the mention of love at her Peace Corps orientation.
I dont remember a percentage being put on it but I thought a large majority, she said. And I thought, thats not going to be me.
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