Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, servin' it up!

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November 15th 2014
Published: November 15th 2014
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Hello all,

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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Me with country director Tammy

Tammy was a PCV herself in Sri Lanka

16th November 2014

For what it's worth....
I'm a US citizen, I've lived in the US all my life, and I still don't know all the words to the National Anthem. Once you get past "Oh, say can you see..." it all gets kinda fuzzy, and don't even ask about the second and third verses.
16th November 2014

PCV rock!
As an ESL prof back home, many of my colleagues had been in the PC, and there was a big, close and wonderful community of them. Wherever you go, you'll have instant friends from your big community. Sounds as if you're also having lots of fun and getting away for excellent jaunts around the country, and don't worry about the National Anthem--even the few who know the words are pretty hard pressed to sing the tune.
17th November 2014

I didn't know you were going to Burma also, after you make plans we should сүйлөш.
17th November 2014

Dirty Dancing
Do you feel like Baby from Dirty Dancing? She wanted to join the Peace Corps. Love ya, miss ya!
18th November 2014

Peace Corps
Joining the peace corp is one of those things I wish I had done. I know I could still do it but think my time and interest has passed. Certainly enjoy reading about it.
19th February 2015

I've known you since the ripe old age of about 7??? And had no clue you were an American!
I love following your adventures! This post is great!

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