We got packages from the Peace Corps today. They included information about what positions we qualify for and legal clearance information. We have to fill out background form information and get fingerprinted to get legal clearance.
I qualify for Teaching English as a Foreign Language in secondary schools (twelve year olds to twenty year olds). I think this would be interesting. I’m really good at explaining grammar to people, so I think I would be pretty good at it. Plus, teaching English in another language will help me work on my skills in that language. With the global scope of jobs today, I think the language training and immersion that the Peace Corps offers is a big plus.
I also qualify for community building. I like this option because of the creativity it offers. I could do anything from helping women sell crafts to earn money to setting up community gardens. It’s very open ended, and I would basically help with anything the community needs. I also think I could use my skills I’ve built up volunteering as part of it. Community building was my first choice on the application.
Tim qualifies for Internet Technology. He would help communities set up internet systems and teach people how to use computers and software. He also qualifies for teaching math to secondary students — everything up to calculus! Oh man, we all know how Tim hates math. 😉 He seems pretty excited about both options. But obviously he would prefer working with computers.
We have all of the forms filled out. Now we just have to get our fingerprints on Monday and send it in. Hopefully our quickness with the materials will help us get placed faster. Also, we know who our recruiter is now, so we can call and set up an interview with him. We’ll probably have to make a trip up to Chicago for it. That will be fun too.
I talked to my Grammy today about joining, and she had a few questions. So if you don’t feel like asking us, here is a link to the family and friends section of the Peace Corps website: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.faf. That should answer a lot. But we really like talking about PC, and we’ve really done our research. So just ask!