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The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps: What You Need to Know Explained Simply


The Peace Corps is a great symbol of assistance around the world — an opportunity for men and women of all ages to help those less fortunate. Many people want to join the Peace Corps, and more than 160,000 people have since it was established by President Kennedy in 1961. But many more wonder what the Peace Corps involves and what they need to know before they can volunteer for this life-changing service.

This informative book will guide you through the process of not only ...

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The Peace Corps is a great symbol of assistance around the world — an opportunity for men and women of all ages to help those less fortunate. Many people want to join the Peace Corps, and more than 160,000 people have since it was established by President Kennedy in 1961. But many more wonder what the Peace Corps involves and what they need to know before they can volunteer for this life-changing service.

This informative book will guide you through the process of not only deciding whether you want to join the Peace Corps, but of showing you everything you will experience and need along the way.

You will learn:

•  The basic lingo and information needed for the application process.

•  The specific qualifications to join and what you can do to boost your chances of submitting a winning application.

•   Hints for older volunteers as well as those who are married or worried about entering another country as a minority or different sexual orientation.

•   The countries served and the languages spoken, along with vital medical and safety information that you will need to remain safe during your travels.

•  How to prepare for your service and training, what to bring, and what to expect.

•   How to stay in touch with home through the proper channels and how much travel, social interaction, and free time you will be permitted.

Finally, the process of returning to normal life will be hard, but this book will walk you through the procedure for returning home with a full section on how to adjust to your life. Complete with case studies and advice from past volunteers, this book is a valuable resource for potential Peace Corp volunteers.

“Had this book been around in 1988 when I first joined the Peace Corps, it would have alleviated a lot of the guess-work. It really gives the reader a true insight into what to expect when deciding whether ‘the toughest job you’ll ever love’ is for them. Pack your bags for great adventure!”- Jennifer Zweigbaum, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mauritania, 1989-1990

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Sharlee DiMenichi's THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO JOINING THE PEACE CORPS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW EXPLAINED SIMPLY (9781601382849, $24.95) provides political science and travel collections with specific keys to the application and selection process for the Peace Corps, surveying how to prepare for service, what to expect, and how to keep in touch with home. From preparing to leave to returning, this offers advice and case studies from past volunteers and is a fine pick for any general collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601382849
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,026,181
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction: What is the Peace Corps? 13

A President's Idealistic Legacy 13

A Thumbnail Sketch of Peace Corps History 14

Management and Support 14

The Present Day Peace Corps 16

Chapter 1 The Benefits of Joining the Peace Corps 19

Letting Experience Re-grind Your Lens 19

Building Your Résumé 22

A Better Shot at a Federal Job 23

An Edge for Getting into Graduate School 24

Help with Student Loan Debt 25

Free Health Care 26

Chapter 2 So Many Ways to Serve 27

Education Requirements to Join the Peace Corps 28

Education 28

Youth Development 30

Community Development 31

Environmental Education 31

Conservation and Park Management 32

Environmental Engineering 32

Business 32

Agriculture 34

Health 36

HIV/AIDS Outreach 37

Information Technology 38

Food Security 38

A Snapshot of Peace Corps Regions 39

Chapter 3 Volunteers of Many Stripes 43

Volunteers with Work Experience 43

Volunteers with Associate's Degrees 44

Volunteers of Various Races 44

LGBT Volunteers 45

Spouses Serving Together 45

Mature Volunteers 45

Chapter 4 What the Peace Corps Asks of Volunteers 49

A Willingness to Leave Home for 27 Months of Service 49

A Strong Desire to Improve the Lives of Others 50

A Willingness to Establish and Maintain Trusting Relationships with Members of Your Host Community 50

Adherence to Peace Corps Rules and Laws of the Host Country; Caution in Matters of Health and Safety 51

A Willingness to Go on Any Assignment 51

A Commitment to Accurately and Respectfully Portray Residents of Your Host Country Upon Your Return to the United States 52

Chapter 5 Do You Have a Chance to be Hired for the "Toughest Job"? 55

Basic Requirements 55

What Makes Some Applicants Shine? 56

Taking the Language Proficiency Exam 57

The Application Process in a Nutshell 59

Choosing a Field for Service 64

Where in the World You Could Go 65

Determining What You Want 65

Learning from Previous Travels 66

Call in Some Advisers 67

Rating Your Requirements 67

How to Apply 68

Application Time 68

When Will You Set Off on Your Journey? 68

Chapter 6 Alternatives to the Peace Corps 71

Why the Peace Corps Might Pass You By 71

Evaluating an Alternative Program 71

Short Stints 72

Spring Break Programs 72

Becoming an Exchange Student 73

People to People Ambassador Programs 74

Chapter 7 Protecting Yourself from Crime 77

Crime Statistics 78

It Pays to Know Your Neighbors 78

Where There is No 9-1-1 79

What to Watch Out for When You are in 80

Chapter 8 Medical Concerns 81

Medical Statistics 81


Relationships with Locals 82

Medical Care 82

Eating Safely 83

What to Watch Out for When You are in 83

Chapter 9 Packing and Training 85

Take it or Leave It? 86

Learning the Language and Culture 86

Practical Guidance and Technical Training 87

Chapter 10 Living In-country 89

Housing Arrangements 89

Doing the Dirty Work 90

Corps Cuisine 90

Pets 91

Connecting with Your Host Community 91

Peace Corps Paychecks 94

Technology 95

Connecting With Other PCVs 95

Keeping in Touch With Loved Ones at Home 96

Traveling 97

Chapter 11 Working In-country 99

Punching the Peace Corps Time Clock 99

Becoming Your Own Boss 99

Frequently Asked Questions 99

Chapter 12 Subsets of Peace Corps Volunteers 103

Who Volunteers? 103

Chapter 13 Readjusting to Life in the States 107

Common Stresses of Readjustment 107

Keeping in Touch With Other RPCVs 108

Keeping in Touch With Locals 108

After Settling 109

Chapter 14 Updating Your Résumé 111

How will the Peace Corps Help You Get Your Foot in the Door? 111

Getting into Grad School with Your Peace Corps Experience 113

Chapter 15 Carrying on the Peace Corps Mission 115

Chapter 16 Conclusion 121

Appendix A Glossary 123

Appendix B Overview of Countries of Service 125

Africa 126

Asia 192

The Caribbean 215

Central America and Mexico 231

Eastern Europe and Central Asia 259

North Africa and the Middle East 288

Pacific Islands 295

South America 309

Bibliography 329

Author Biography 331

Index 333

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    The best guide on the subject

    The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps is a wonderfully written step-by-step guide that offers guidance to anyone interested in making this life changing choice. The guide offers advice and specific details on how to join the Peace Corps for anyone who is interested. It describes the different volunteer positions of education, environment, community development, business development, and many more that the Peace Corps offers. The guide then goes on to explain the application process, benefits, and the actual experience of volunteering. Dimenchi also discusses the application process for married couples, members of the LGBT community, vegetarians, and other minorities so that no question is left unanswered. As if that wasn’t enough, the guide even offers alternatives to Peace Corps for those who decide Peace Corps isn’t the right choice and also an extremely helpful overview of every country of service so that the volunteer knows all the details. The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps is the most helpful guide on the subject and a must-read for anyone considering the Peace Corps.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

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    The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps

    Sharlee Dimenichi

    The Guide provides specific details to the application and selection process for the peace corps. Explaing how to prepare for the service, and what to expect.It also explains that you can stay in touch with people at home and just how to do it.The Guide goes as far as to show you exactly how to write a appealing application, as well as the specific qualifications, and need along the way.

    The Colplete Guide to joining the Peace Corps, is a great guide as well as advice for married and older volunteers. It gives advice on how to mentally prepare for the peace corps. Once you have given your application, the guide ecplains exactly what the Peace corps training and being abroad is all about. It explains exaclty what training the peace corps offers, to their workers and what languages you will need to know, along with medical and safety information that you will need.

    The Guide is a great book for anyone wanting to know exaclty what they are getting into with the peace corps, and how after being abroad, to return home to the normal life. It will walk you through everything, and I recommend it to everyone no matter their age or marital status, if you want to be part of something great then go and get this book.

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