This is the Peace Corps

The toughest job you'll ever love.

By Cody Meek - Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia (2013 - 2015)

Constituting dreams

Across time and space

To spark silly smiles

On every child’s face

For a mothers embrace

For a fathers support

Imparting our knowledge

Direct, to the source

An obstacle course

We traverse foreign lands

And holding your hand

It fits like a glove

This is the Peace Corps…

The toughest job you’ll ever love


This poem was entered in the Volunteer category for the 2015 Peace Corps Poetry Contest. The contest received more than 1,000 submissions, representing over 50 years of Peace Corps service in more than 100 countries.

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