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May. 7th, 2012


Mailing stuff to myself

I'll be doing education, so I'd like to take some of my textbooks with me, but I wonder if it's worth the trouble to try to mail them to myself? M-bagging is no where as cheap as it used to be. It's about $40 for 11 pounds instead of $10. What do you think?

Apr. 7th, 2012


Long Time no Speak: From Wanabee to PCV!

It has been a really long time since I have posted to the community. I have been really busy... Serving in Peace Corps Panama!  I finally made it after almost 2 years of trying and a defernment. The live journal has been here for all of it. Thank you guys for your support. I swore in on the 11th of March and I am in the CEC sector. I have been in site for almost a month. Still getting the hang of pasearing and my new schedule.   Here is my blog for more pictures and stories http://tempestpeacecorps.blogspot.com/  I will def try to be more proactive in posting. 


Mar. 28th, 2012

pom love


Mod note: Tags

Hello, peacecorpsfolks!

As some of you might remember, a few months ago, there was a call put out for a new moderator/maintainer for the community. I stepped in and agreed to be a co-moderator, but nobody else volunteered, so it's just me! As you can see, I'm fairly hands-off and unless there's spam or downright hatred, I don't really anticipate stepping in.

However, tags have recently been mentioned, and given the nature of the community, I think it's a fantastic idea, so I've enabled them and created a few. I've started to go back and tag past entries, but don't know if I will get around to tagging back to 2003. I've changed the setting so any member can tag. As long as this doesn't create drama, I don't anticipate changing this. Feel free to create your own tags, as long as they're worded in a way that will be helpful to people coming to the community to find information.

If any of you want to go back and change or add tags to your previous posts, you can find everything you've posted to this community by changing "xphilega" to your username: http://peacecorpsfolks.livejournal.com/?poster=xphilega

I'm on LJ every day or so, but please feel free to message me if there is something that needs moderator attention; when work gets busy, I don't always catch it right away. And, of course, if anyone is interested in being a co-moderator, has new icons to add to the community, or wants to volunteer to change the community's background, please let me know.

Thanks for making this a fantastic resource for people to come and get information!

K, Morocco RPCV 2007-2009 Health Education

Mar. 27th, 2012


Declining an invitation

Hey, I'm sure this is repetitive, but there's no tags being used in this comm I guess. :\

Can anyone give me an idea of what it means to decline an invitation? Is it the end of the world? Is there any chance of receiving another assignment? I am hearing conflicting reports on this.

What is the best way to explain to your PO that you want to decline? I feel like I don't have good reasons. Once I saw the assignment I just knew it wasn't "the one." It also is a country that doesn't use the language I'm fluent in. I want to say that, because of my plans to possibly have a career abroad and using that language, I really would like to use it during my service. But is that a bad reason? What else can I say?

I'm really feeling torn over this. Any help is appreciated. I really, really want to do PC, but I'm just sure this isn't the one. I'm at a loss for what to do.

Mar. 11th, 2012


Going to Ghana!

Hello guys. =}

I just got my invitation to Ghana! Advice? Tips?

Just checking out the packing list...and some suggestions are good but some others don't seem terribly practical...like why do I want to bring a sweatshirt to a equatorial country that is 85-95 degrees year round? I've heard that the PC recommendations tend to be outdated. Has anyone here been to the region and have a good idea of what I really need?
I'd really prefer not to try to take my whole house with me.

Appreciate any comments! =}

Mar. 5th, 2012


question from an unlikely candidate

Hey guys,
My name's Angie, I'm 26 and from Michigan.

 Serving in the PC has been part of my dreams all of my life but upon doing research on the web I've noticed that most volunteer jobs have very specific requirements. I have two bachelor degrees, one in Film and Video Production and one in Creative Writing. I know these are two out of the box majors compared to the typical, education, medical, computer, agriculture fields they are looking for. I guess what I really wanted to know if you guys think there's any place for me in PC. I love to serve and spent all 4 years of high school volunteering for Habitat for Humanity weekly. I can't heal someone or fix their computer but I have a serving heart and I wanted to know if anyone has any advice or know of a better way to go about finding something that fits me.

Jan. 25th, 2012

Fay Kake

medical stuff

I have been thinking about joining the PC since undergrad and now that I have my masters I would like to try. I am worried about the medical piece of it. I have heard it could take up to and over a year to be medically cleared.  I am overweight which makes me nervous they wont pass me.  I travel often and have no additional health issues caused by my weight it just makes me nervous. Could you shed some light about what the process entails and tips to make it go faster?

Jan. 17th, 2012


Hoping to join PC in the future!

I've just started college. Just two classes at a community college, actually. But I have been planning on joining the PC for many years and I'm finally going to have a chance to do it once I transfer to a university in about two years and earn my B.A. in either history or (and?) English. Obviously I still have a good number of years before I even apply for the PC, but I figure now is the perfect time to ask:

What exactly can I do to prepare myself for it? For instance, I was thinking about doing Habitat for Humanity for awhile since it's local and fairly easy to join. I'd also like to eventually take a year off of school and participate in Americorps once I'm able (I can't now due to being the sole provider for a pet). What else could I do to prepare myself either physically, academically, emotionally, whatever...?

Dec. 24th, 2011



Africa - Winter in June?

I just realized something. I've been nominated for Africa in June 2012. I live in the Sonoran Desert over in Arizona. If I get an invitation to a country below the equator, I could go from 110 degree heat to I'm guessing around 30-70 °F. Now wouldn't that be trippy? XP

Nov. 30th, 2011



Early Termination and Health Insurance

Hi, I have a question about ET and health insurance. I know returned volunteers are eligible for affordable health insurance for a year after service, but what about people who terminate early?

I just don't want to be left without health insurance if I decide to do Peace Corps and have to terminate early for whatever reason (although hopefully it won't come up!)
Thanks and please share any relevant experiences.

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