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Posted August 3, 2000
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2009
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