On Peace Corps

Peace Corps is an American governmental organization that focuses on grassroots development and cultural exchange. They have three goals;

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

The most stereotypical Peace Corps experience is living in a rural village in the developing world for two years, working on health, education or the environment, implementing projects to benefit the local community. This will largely mirror my experience, but many Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji actually live in urban areas and work for government offices at high levels, using their experience and expertise to help implement national reform.

Peace Corps loves acronyms. Here’s a list of them;

CD is the Country Director

PCV/T is a Peace Corps Volunteer/Trainee

PCMO is a Peace Corps Medical Officer

SSO is the Safety and Security Officer

PST is Pre-Service Training

IST is In-Service Training

MST is Mid-Service Training

COS is Close of Service

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