When I was 15, my sister planted a seed in my brain of joining the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps is an opportunity for American citizens to live abroad for 27 months or more in a developing country and work with the local community in such areas as health, education, environment, and even information technology. The initial creation of the Peace Corps was announced at the University of Michigan by then Senator John F. Kennedy when he challenged the students at U of M to put their education to use for the service of others. Ever since I first learned about the Peace Corps, the idea has always been in my head, but I was never eligible until last year when I graduated from college. The application process was long and involved 5 vaccinations, a lot of faxes, and paperwork, but eventually I was accepted and am now preparing for my 27 months of service in Panama. The library has been an amazing resource in helping me with my preparations. We have travel books, information on the Peace Corps, resources on Panamanian etiquette, Mango Languages (a wonderful language database), and historic novels, like “The Tailor of Panama” to help me expand my knowledge of my soon to be home. We also have free internet access and faxing services that helped me tremendously during the application process. So if you are looking for a change or have a desire to help fellow world citizens while experiencing a little bit of adventure, come to the library and learn more about the Peace Corps. It might be the change and challenge you are looking for!
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