An effort back home is documenting local residents who served in the Peace Corps. Here’s an excerpt of my contribution:
A student of U.S. foreign policy at Penn State, specifically U.S. policy in Central America, I wanted to get to the region. A vein of social justice running through me that was born from my upbringing, though not in that philosophy but more in practicality, I applied to Peace Corps to give something back to those that had been wronged by my government. When I was first offered a position in North Africa to raise rabbits, I seriously doubted Peace Corps’ seriousness in placing qualified Volunteers in the appropriate positions. I said, no, to that position, and asked for something in Latin America, considering my academic and language background. I waited.