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âTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of…
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
— The Dalai Lama (via lazyyogi)
Here is My Aspiration Essay that I submitted to the Peace Corps as well….
A: Identify three professional attributes that you plan to use during your Peace Corps service and how these will help meet your aspirations and commitment to service.
During my Peace Corps Service, I plan to use professional attributes that I have gained from many aspects of my life and professional work. One big professional attribute that I have really developed this past year is patience. Working as an autistic therapist, I have to keep a level head and not react to behaviors that my clients are exhibiting. Some days it can be really trying, which is why I have to have a lot of patience so the client gets the best care and makes progress with every session. I know that being in the Peace Corps could be personally frustrating especially with learning a new language and how to live in a foreign country. Having a lot of patience will help me adapt better and enjoy the once in a lifetime experiences I will have in the Peace Corps.
Both working with a lot of different people and participating in activities such as team sports has really allowed me to effectively work well with others. Tutoring with the Literacy Services of Wisconsin has taught me ways to work with others; I have to work well with my fellow volunteers but more importantly I have to listen and get along with the student that I am tutoring on that day. Being in the Peace Corps will take me out of my comfort zone and place me in a foreign land but I still need to adapt and work well with my coworkers, other Peace Corps volunteers as well as host families and neighbors. The Peace Corps will want me to integrate myself in a community and working well with others will help me to do this.
Lastly, adaptability has really become a strong point for me over the last couple of years. My first big situation where I had to be adaptive was when I went away to college. I had to adjust to many things such as new classes, being in a different town and learning how to navigate college life. In more recent years I have learned to adapt to a variety of situations. When I am tutoring with the Literacy Services of Wisconsin, I could be working with a new student every day so I’ve learned to work with people from many different backgrounds and who come with individual learning styles and experiences. Peace Corps service will present me with opportunities to adapt to a new country, a new culture and new people. I believe I have learned to take things in stride and not let minor issues get to me. All of this I think will help me during my Peace Corps service.
B: Briefly identify two strategies for working effectively with host country partners to meet expressed needs.
One strategy is to try to integrate myself within all aspects of my community including work and social situations. This includes learning cultural norms. That way, I can gain the community’s trust and friendship so I can work with all people at a more effective level. By gaining the community’s trust, I can better serve their needs and people will feel more comfortable expressing those needs. I plan to work hard to learn Georgian to the best of my ability because communication will be key for integrating myself into the community.
After getting to know more about my host country and the wishes of the people I will serve, as my second strategy, I hope to start some of my own projects that people will enjoy and learn from.
C: Your strategy for adapting to a new culture with respect to your own cultural background.
My strategy is to come into any situation with an open mind. I have learned that when I have traveled to a new place and I try to plan everything, it never goes exactly as planned. I want my Peace Corps experience to be a rewarding one and for me to grow as a person. I know I will learn a lot about my host country and myself. I don’t want to close myself off from any possibilities or experiences because of preconceived ideas or unrealistic expectations. I plan to take every opportunity to learn something new, meet new people, try new food and integrate myself into a community. By entering the Peace Corps with an open mind, I believe I will appreciate and adapt to situations better.
D: The skills and knowledge you hope to gain during pre-service training to best serve your future community and project.
The one big skill I hope to gain during pre-service training is a working knowledge of the Georgian Language. I know that language is going to be a big obstacle to overcome and if I am going to be effective with my work in the Peace Corps, I must have reasonable language skills. I also hope to learn more about Georgia in general. I have started doing some research and Georgia seems like an interesting country especially when it comes to history and culture. This information will help me adapt better to life the next two years and maybe add to my teaching effectiveness within a classroom in Georgia. I also hope to learn more about running a classroom and being effective as an English teacher in the Georgian education system. Suggestions or advice on lesson plans would help me build on the lesson planning I’m doing in my current job.
E: How you think Peace Corps service will influence your personal and professional aspirations after your service ends.
I feel that taking part in Peace Corps service will impact me greatly personally. I will see the world and how I live differently because I have experienced how people live in another part of the world. I have no doubt that I will place different values on material things and perhaps learn what I don’t need to be happy and successful. My goal is to become more independent and I feel that if I am thrust into a situation where I have to think on my feet and essentially solve problems on my own, I will become more independent because of it. I don’t know the full extent of how this experience will change me but I know it will be very impactful. After Peace Corps, I am considering either attending graduate school in International Studies or pursuing a career with the United States government, and the experiences I will gain during the next few years will give me a great foundation for either of these pursuits.
I hope these last two posts help people and if anyone has questions…just ask.
So i always liked being able to reference other Peace Corps Volunteers essays during my application to the organization so I figured i would post my essays that I wrote for my application.
PEACE CORPS ESSAY #1
*Peace Corps service presents major physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges. You have provided information on how you qualify for Peace Corps service elsewhere in the application. In the space below, please provide a statement (between 250-500 words) that includes:
· Your reasons for wanting to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and
· How these reasons are related to your past experience and life goals.
· How you expect to satisfy the Peace Corps 10 Core Expectations (rather than addressing all 10 expectations, please be specific about which expectations you anticipate to find most challenging and how you plan to overcome these challenges).
I came across an advertisement of a coffee cup with its label saying “Here’s your wake up call” with the Peace Corp logo on it. I didn’t think anything of it at the time but put it in the back of my mind. After I got rejected the first time, I thought about not applying again but then I saw another advertisement. This one stated “Never have to start sentences with I should’ve…” It was right then and there that I knew that I still had my heart set on getting into the Peace Corps and now I am applying again to fulfill a dream that I have had for the past 2 years.
I come from a middle class family. I have been fortunate in my life. I want to opportunity to give back in a big way because I am so grateful. I want to ultimately work with the government in some capacity but first I want to go to grad school in international studies or relations. I don’t feel like I can truly study this subject and say I relate to it when I have not lived in the situations that I may come across in the Peace Corps. The first inkling that showed this to me was when I visited El Salvador. I was prepared for the living conditions as best as I could be but what I really wasn’t prepared for was the people of El Salvador may have needed more than they had but did not necessarily want it. It just opened my eyes to how naive people in America can be when they just dish out money to third world countries to make themselves feel better when actually all the people want are stories and connections. The people love life and loved that all we wanted to do was to become friends. I know they had judgments about the Americans that were coming to visit but I like to think we proved them wrong. I will never regret meeting and spending a week with them but I think that one visit is definitely not enough to truly relate to outside cultures and the country’s people. I want to be able to interact with people and really share knowledge and skills just as Core Expectation 2 states.
If there was one Core Expectation that I might have trouble in is a part of Core Expectation 2. What was most difficult for me when we traveled to El Salvador was the language barrier. I know Spanish but when I went to El Salvador, it really showed that I was rusty because I had not spoken it regularly. Core Expectation 2 states that you need to adapt and that is what I did. I tried at every opportunity to speak Spanish and by the end of the week; I started to feel like I understood more of the language and adapting. I proved to myself that if I did not give up and was willing to work at it, which I know I will have to do in the Peace Corps, I can really learn a lot.
PEACE CORPS ESSAY #2
*Your success as a Peace Corps Volunteer is based on the trust and confidence you build by living in, and respectfully integrating yourself into, your host community and culture (Core Expectation 4). Describe in between 250-500 words an experience you have had living or working in a social or cultural environment different from your own. What specific challenges did you face concerning trust, confidence, and/or integration? What did you learn from this experience that you will bring with you to your Peace Corps service?
When I started tutoring at Literacy Services of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, I thought that I would help people work to change their lives. What I have found is that I have also learned a great deal about myself and gained experience that I can use in many other situations.
When I was growing up in Milwaukee, my parents wanted to expose me early on to cultural and racial diversity and sent me to urban public schools where I joined children from many different ethnic and economic backgrounds. I went to school with Christian, Jewish and Muslim children. My classmates were Korean, Hmong, Caucasian, African American and Latino. Having exposure to all this diversity at a young age has helped me be comfortable with many people, cultures and economic backgrounds, and respectful of the differences in others. It has also driven my interest in living and working in environments with people from many backgrounds.
Tutoring at Literacy Services has given me teaching experience with a very diverse clientele. What I enjoy about tutoring adults in the GED program is that they all want to learn and to better their lives. These students have so many different stories. I’ve worked with a parolee who must get his GED or go back to prison. I worked with a man who got drafted into the Vietnam War when he turned 18 and never finished high school. I tutored a young woman who was eight months pregnant and was trying to get her GED before the baby came. I work with students who have the additional challenge of English not being their first language. These students go through our English as a Second Language program first and then take on the GED program. I have worked with a man who had to drop out of high school to help his parents support the family. All of the people I have worked with have taught me, as I have taught them.
Through my experience with tutoring, I have learned a lot about trust, and have gained personal confidence. Each session is one on one and every student learns differently, so I need to make adjustments to maximize their confidence and learning ability. I also need to be confident about my teaching ability. I need to connect with each client so we can have a working, respectful relationship. I have to gain their trust in my ability help them and boost their confidence if they get discouraged.
Tutoring at Literacy Services of Wisconsin has exposed me to people from all walks of life. It has increased my awareness of the situations of others and helped me develop an appreciation for the struggles they go through to get their GED. I think these experiences will help me in the Peace Corps to relate to a wide range of people and situations. The perseverance of my students continues to inspire my own determination to reach my goals.
THERE YOU GO!! ENJOY AND ASK ME ANYTHING YOU WANT…
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