The Peace Corps: Who, How, and Where

The Peace Corps: Who, How, and Where

The Peace Corps: Who, How, and Where

The Peace Corps: Who, How, and Where

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You will live in a small wooden house, sleep on the floor on a bamboo mat, with a pillow stuffed with rice grain and a mosquito net to protect you from the swarm of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. The heavy humid heat and the hard bed will not be comfortable. You will go down to the well to get water to wash your face. Make sure to boil it before drinking it to avoid malaria. . . . Soon the sun will turn extremely hot and you will be expected to work in the field in the hot sun with the other men, because only when you are ready to share in the work of the people you want to live with will you be able to be one of them.

Let us pretend that you will teach--your students will come with just a piece of chalk and a slate to no schoolhouse . . . those that don't have a slate can trace letters with their fingers in the dust. . . . In the monsoon you will suffer from the damp weather but nothing changes. . . . The work is the same, only now leeches will cling to you; worms, frogs and snakes will be numerous. The roof will probably leak and all the time you will have to eat with your fingers as other utensils are nonexistent.

Will you be able to take all this?

KHIN KHIN HLA, a Burmese student

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