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Published: November 15th 2014
I’m going to take a short break from regaling Travelblog readers about the wonders of Kyrgyzstan, and instead regale said readers on the in’s and out’s of being in the Peace Corps.
Many questions were asked before I left Canada: What is the Peace Corps? You can do that and be Canadian? Are you going to a boot camp? What will you do? Where will you live? Where will you poop? And now that I'’ve been in the Peace Corps for going on seven months, I finally feel educated enough to answer some of these questions.
So I applied for the American Peace Corps, finally putting my American citizenship to a wonderful use. The first step in the application process was proving my status as a human being over the age of 18 and my status as a human being of American citizenry. And thus began the still frequently asked question: So, how are you American?
Good story: My mother, the illustrious and beautiful Sue, was born in Washington State. 27 years later, she met a dark, mysterious and mustachioed man from abroad. Kevin from Canada! Three years later,
they got married. Sue immigrated to Canada, and birthed two children: a rambunctious red-headed terror of a boy and the other, an angelic, perfect, intelligent from an early age girl. And those kids were born with the right to both Canadian and American citizenry. 28 years later, that angelic, perfect intelligent girl applied to the Peace Corps and had to tell this story many times.
So yes, you do have to be American to be in the Peace Corps. And such is I. Despite always living in Canada, going to school there, and never working in the US. Moving on.
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The content of this blog is purely my own. The opinions and views expressed here do not reflect any position of the U.S. Government or the Peace Corps.
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