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To serve as a Youth in Development Facilitator in Guatemala for the Peace Corps.

I saw the email at 5am pacific time. Ive read through it and have started some of the next step procedures but I have not fully sat down to review everything that is expected of me.

I accepted the position and there is still no guarantee Ill fully be cleared for it. I lost hope and have started planning out my back up plan.

Now I am in this weird limbo. Initially I wanted to go because it would allow me to see the world and be of service. But now that I am familiar with my position (comfortable tbh) and have been pondering grad school I am thinking of dropping out of it... except I know for a fact this is me looking at the situation through some rose tinted glasses. I know that if I dont do this now I may never get the opportunity to do it again.

Im going to start the process and go from there. Ill be taking the rest of the afternoon/evening off after work to review everything.


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Dude, CONGRATULATIONS!

I'm surprised you're not more psyched about it, I know you've been talking about this for a long time.

The debate on whether or not you should do this or do grad school is reaaaally common. I've always thought that PC is still better to do first, though.

Why don't you think you'll be fully cleared?

Posted February 27th by Agis
Agis
 

Dude, CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you! It fully has not hit me yet.

I'm surprised you're not more psyched about it, I know you've been talking about this for a long time.

The debate on whether or not you should do this or do grad school is reaaaally common. I've always thought that PC is still better to do first, though.

A part of me is, another part of me is terrified of the unknown lol. Yeah in my head there is a voice telling me to do graduate school first and then the peace corps. But that voice knows that I may not be in the same life situation that I am now (single, no kids, no real obligations) and is banking that I never leave even after my graduate degree.


\Why don't you think you'll be fully cleared?

the process seems daunting tbh. And I have to plan it all around a very busy work schedule. It will get done, how I have know I idea.


Posted February 27th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Yeah dude, for sure. Let it hit you.

The pre-departure checklist has changed a bit since I did it. Just be proactive and take it one step at a time. Those deadlines aren't super hard deadlines, either; if you're a week, two weeks, or even a month late on something it's not big of a deal. Just keep in contact with Peace Corps if you anticipate running late. They'll do their best to accomodate you.

Posted February 28th by Agis
Agis
 

Thanks Agis. I spoke to my dad about it yesterday. He is not happy that I am leaving a good job to do this but I told him that the experience from this alone will help open so many doors down the line. I also told him that it was an extremely competitive program to get into (both the recruiter and my placement officer stressed that this application cycle has been the most competitive cycle with a higher number of applicants than ever before) This made him some what proud.

The reality is I dont think there are many people from my background or region who have done anything like this.

Posted February 28th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Yeah for sure.

I imagine that the Latin American countries, because they all require a certain amount of prior Spanish language experience, will have a higher proportion of heritage speakers and latinos than other peace corps countries. But at the same time, it's still Peace Corps, so still dominated by white people.

What you might encounter is that locals might treat you differently than other Peace Corps volunteers who fit their stereotype of what an American looks like. Breaking that stereotype is a good thing, though.

So I think you'll find that someone with your background will have advantages and disadvantages compared with the "regular" peace corps volunteer.

But most people are going to be right out of college or with a few years of professional or graduate experience, and you'll all be going through the same experience together once you arrive for staging, so you stand to gain some pretty strong relationships then. How big is your group for Guatemala? And have you joined the Guatemala 2020-2022 Peace Corps group? There ought to be one.

Posted March 1st by Agis
Agis
 

What you might encounter is that locals might treat you differently than other Peace Corps volunteers who fit their stereotype of what an American looks like. Breaking that stereotype is a good thing, though.


definitely.

But most people are going to be right out of college or with a few years of professional or graduate experience, and you'll all be going through the same experience together once you arrive for staging, so you stand to gain some pretty strong relationships then.

I am looking forward to that. I am hoping that my experience from my current position helps me out once I am over there.


How big is your group for Guatemala? And have you joined the Guatemala 2020-2022 Peace Corps group? There ought to be one.

Im not sure actually. I did post on the /R/PeaceCorps a couple of days back. So far there appears to be 2-3 individuals who have also been accepted. I will try to find a Peace Corps group on Facebook


Posted March 1st by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Okay, cool.

Yeah I'm on /r/peacecorps, too. Chances are you'll meet some future Guat volunteers through that.

Anyway, good luck dude, keep us all posted.

Posted March 1st by Agis
Agis
 

I have to have all my paperwork submitted by april 28th/29th

I scheduled my physical for the end of this month and my dental exam for the 16th of april. (gonna use a vacation day for that one) I reacehd out to my peace corps nurse just to let her know but I am hoping to overnight my X-rays.

Hopefully it all goes well I did my finger prints and pass port last week.

Posted March 14th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

Update:

Dental Stuff Cleared, They received my finger prints and my No Fee Passport, (and my birth certificate D:) waiting on my Federal Back Ground Check and my medical stuff.

The Medical stuff has been a pain in my ass. Hopefully it all goes well moving forward (doubt)

There are no guarantees with the process but September is fast approaching. I am hoping to know by July for I can work things out with my Job.

In the mean time I really gotta get into decent shape.

Posted April 22nd by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

Congratulations!!! This sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so YES. Absolutely YES this is something amazing and you should do it and be proud!

What exactly will you be doing?

Posted April 23rd by mariomguy

I will be working with youth from the ages of 12 to 24. What I will be doing entirely depends on the needs of the community. I could be teaching english or I could be developing after school programs. (Or both) or something completely different.

Posted April 23rd by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

This sounds absolutely amazing! Dude... This is awesome!

Posted April 23rd by mariomguy

congratulations! i ended up doing grad school instead of peace corps. i don't regret it, but i still have an itch that only working overseas will scratch. there are other paths i can pursue for that, but yours is a good one. sounds like it will be a rewarding gig.

Posted April 23rd by EN
EN

I will be working with youth from the ages of 12 to 24.


Won’t those 24-y/os be just 2 yrs younger than you?


Posted April 23rd by chiarizio

Thanks guys!!!

Won’t those 24-y/os be just 2 yrs younger than you?


yes. It's a non issue I've been working with that age group for about 7 years now. With my current position the oldest student I worked with was old enough to be my grandmother.

Posted April 24th by S.o h
S.o h
 

Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to write this part:
Congratulations!


Posted April 24th by chiarizio

En your my card is driving me crazy!!

Posted April 25th by Brandy
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