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So, You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know before You Go

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If you're like most people interested in joining the Peace Corps, the thought of spending a couple of years immersed in a different country, language, and culture sounds both adventurous and intimidating. As you contemplate the reality of volunteering, your mind races with questions. Which programs are my skills best suited to? How will the culture shock affect me? What will my life overseas be like? Will my work really make a difference? Written by a returned Peace Corps volunteer, SO, YOU WANT TO JOIN THE PEACE...
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If you're like most people interested in joining the Peace Corps, the thought of spending a couple of years immersed in a different country, language, and culture sounds both adventurous and intimidating. As you contemplate the reality of volunteering, your mind races with questions. Which programs are my skills best suited to? How will the culture shock affect me? What will my life overseas be like? Will my work really make a difference? Written by a returned Peace Corps volunteer, SO, YOU WANT TO JOIN THE PEACE CORPS...is a candid, straightforward guide that answers all these questions and many more. Author Dillon Banerjee shares his personal insights—and those of returned volunteers who served all over the world—to help prepare you for the experience of a lifetime. Whether you're thinking of joining, or have already been accepted and are getting ready to leave, this book provides answers you simply can't find elsewhere.
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YA-Using a question-and-answer format, a former Peace Corps volunteer addresses the concerns teenagers and parents might harbor about this important decision. From packing tips and living among the locals to medical services and staying in touch with home, there are practical comments and stories of actual experiences from volunteers, plus statements of Peace Corps policy for guidance. Eleven appendixes offer facts about and maps of Peace Corps projects, descriptions of programs and requirements, and lists of alternative organizations. "How to Become a Competitive Candidate" will be useful to teens because it suggests volunteer and extracurricular activities that will enhance their future qualifications for Peace Corps work. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580080972
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

DILLON BANERJEE served as an agro-forestry volunteer in the Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996 in Belo, Cameroon. He currently works for the US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.THE AUTHOR SCOOP

Read any good books lately? I was on a roll a while back with books like Blindness, Bel Canto, Life of Pi, Perfume, and The Road. I just started The Friends of the Earth by T.C. Boyle and am hopeful.What was the hardest thing about writing a book?Having it edited. After laboring for endless hours over the manuscript, my initial reaction to recommended changes was usually denial. Nothing could be changed because it was so obviously perfect. Between my wife and the top-notch editors at Ten Speed, however, I came to accept that too many cooks can’t spoil the broth when it comes to polishing a book manuscript.  Revisions usually translate to improvements.          What's the first concert you ever attended?Tenth grade, Siouxsie and the Banshees at Warner Theater in Washington, DC. I had my black jeans, black sneakers, and black concert-T on, but felt like a preppie as I watched grown men in ballroom gowns scaling the stage speakers and jumping into the crowd below.   Know any good jokes?My five-year-old son loves to tell this knock-knock joke:Knock knockWho’s there?Nobody.Nobody who?…(silence)…Don’t know why, but it still kind of cracks me up.What's the farthest you've ever traveled?My second assignment in the Foreign Service was to Moscow, Russia, where I served as a Commercial Officer at the Embassy for two years. About halfway through my tour, I was asked to lead a business delegation to the capital city in Siberia – Novosibirsk. Russia is an enormous country with 11 time zones; it’s shorter to fly from Moscow to Boston than Moscow to Vladivostok (in the far east). My flight to Novosibirsk carried me over vast expanses of nothingness, and when I landed, I spammed friends and family in the States with SMS’s just to tell them that I was in Siberia. In truth, Novosibirsk is a nice town with over a million people, replete with a metro system, opera house, cafes, university, and a huge manmade lake (the Ob Sea). Still, it felt way off the beaten path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    If you are thinking about, you need to read it!

    I was seriously considering joining the Peace Corps, after reading this book in one sitting, I decided that it may not be the best thing for me... If you are considering joining, read this book and prepare yourself for having my utmost awe and respect for taking on such a voyage! Good Luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    Straight stuff about joining and serving in the Peace Corps

    Dillon Banerjee directly answers questions ranging from what you should pack to loneliness, disease, relationships and ET (Early Termination of the two-year commitment) in the Peace Corps. His candid answers to these and many more are introduced with a page listing the acronyms that pepper PCV (Peace Corps Volunteer) conversations. The book grew from Banerjee¿s personal frustration trying to answer these questions for himself: he couldn¿t find a single book written from the perspective of a Volunteer. Those questions, informed by his later experiences in 1994-96 as a PCV in Cameroon plus those of many other RPCV¿s (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) are the basis for this unusual book. It is organized around seventy-three questions starting with ¿1 What is the application process like?¿ and ending with ¿73 Would you go back and do the Peace Corps all over again?¿ The sometimes poignant answers to this final question were written by twelve RPCV¿s including Anne Hauk¿s, ¿... I feel passionate about Uzbekistan, I also feel passionate about the Peace Corps; there¿s so much to love and hate about them both....¿ The nine appendices are rich with information including PCV requirements and how to strengthen your own application along with lists of loan programs and RPCV support groups arranged by state. The style is simple, direct and immediately useful as one expects with books from Ten Speed Press. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Peace Corps ¿ especially someone thinking about joining. It will also be invaluable for friends and family members who stay behind; because, it gives a rich context in which to understand the Peace Corps experience that the rest of us must mostly imagine from letters.

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