This is my Final paper for Prep. for English comp. class
The Peace Corps
To put a new spin on a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what [our world] can do for you, but what you can do for [our world]” (Kennedy). As I see it, we are not citizens of individual countries. We are citizens of the world as a whole. My goal is to join the Peace Corps and help those who do not have the education and resources I have been privileged to have. The reason for me joining the Peace Corps are many and varied. The things I will have to do in order to achieve this goal are getting a degree, volunteering, and learning another language
There are a few reasons I want to join the Peace Corps. One reason is I want to help people who need it and share my skills with them. I want to be able to give people hope in what might seem to be a hopeless situation. I want to experience other cultures and to travel to places where no one would think to go. I would like to build bridges between the people of this world. An additional benefit to the reasons above is it looks good on a resume. It shows you are not afraid of taking chances and thinking outside the box. Ultimately, I want to bring a sense of meaning to my life. Therefore, these are just a few reasons I want to join the Peace Corps.
What will I need to do to join the Peace Corps? Well, let’s check the basics: I am at least 18 and I am willing to commit to 2 years (“Peace Corps”) to helping others, check. Those are the 2 basic requirements. Now, to help me be more valuable as a volunteer, I am going to need a degree. I am currently working on a BA in Social Studies Education. The reason I chose social studies is the fact that I like history, learning about other cultures, and trying to understand how society works. The education part is that I want to help others to understand society, so we can make this a better place for us all. I know I dream big. Do I need a degree? No. Does it help? Yes. Most of the openings prefer people with a degree in something, depending on the focus of the program or project. Working on this degree will help me with another thing they look for, which is volunteering in the community.
Now, volunteering is not something I am used to, at least not charity work to be honest. My family has never really volunteered with humans except by donating food, clothes, or toys. Through my research, I found many Vlogs (video logs) done by Peace Corps volunteers. One of them said that “volunteering is not for everyone…this is an extreme version… giving up your life and what you want to do in order to do something for someone else”(Thinking). I am willing to volunteer here at home to ready myself for this endeavor. I am looking into Big Brothers Big Sisters where I can get used to working with kids one on one. This will help me to be a better teacher and mentor in the future. This can also be a confidence builder for me and a challenge. Being a volunteer has many perks that go with it. The most important is the feeling of accomplishment from doing something I have not tried before and sharing that with someone else.
In addition, I need to get some language training. I know a few words in other languages, but I cannot read or write one. The Peace Corps doesn’t require that you know a language. However, it would help me tremendously just to get the practice, so when they train me for my host country’s language, I will be ready (Thinking). I am thinking either French or Chinese. I am thinking French because there have been many countries around the world that were colonized by them and they still speak a version of it. Chinese is a consideration for the simple reason I have always been fascinated with their culture and their growing economy. French and Chinese are two languages that could not be more different, yet have a lot of sway in this world. This is what makes it such a hard decision.
There are many things I need to do to get ready for this challenge, from my education, to testing myself as a volunteer, and learning a language. I know I can do this. In the end, I want to know that I have made a difference in people’s lives and helped build a better world for tomorrow.
Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, Washington D.C. www.ushistory.org/documents/ask-not.htm 1/12/2015
“Peace Corps Volunteers” Peace Corps Updated Sep. 02, 2015 Web. 18/11/2015.