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The unexpected challenge of Peace Corps
You admire their commitment, sacrifice, and dedication. You want to support them in a truly meaningful way. But how? It seems impossible to predict what they need and can actually use in a developing community so far away.
You probably know that Peace Corps is a tough experience that changes volunteers in a before-and-after kind of way. What you may not know is that the hardest part of Peace Corps is coming home.
Why coming home is so hard
From now until the end of their service, Peace Corps will absolutely support your volunteer. When service ends, the support mostly ends as well. It can be pretty abrupt and jarring.
While they are gone, a volunteer’s friends and family move, earn degrees, get jobs, buy houses, and have kids. In the meantime, volunteers are learning to do without basic services, figure things out on their own, and push through adversity. After 2 years of such drastically different life experiences, volunteers come home to discover how different they’ve become from their loved ones. Suddenly it’s difficult to find someone who can really connect with their experience.
Perhaps the biggest challenge is losing their self-sufficiency. Volunteers pride themselves on it–whether in hauling their own water, building their own furniture, growing their own food, or traveling with just their own two feet. Suddenly, they find themselves relying on family and out of work. The luxuries of air conditioning, microwaving, and vacuuming also feel too easy. There’s nowhere to focus their energy. And somehow they are supposed to be feeling at home.
“My experience with personal and professional coaching provided by Meg was phenomenal. She was always professional in her correspondence but sought common ground to help establish credibility as an returned volunteer. Having been incredibly nervous, facing my upcoming Close of Service date with Peace Corps, Meg has given me tools to refine my goals and narrow in on next steps while being on-hand to help polish any aspect I need.”
-Amber, RPCV Ghana