June 2010, I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in International Business and Spanish. That summer, I headed north to Skagway, AK for a second summer of driving tour buses. Most of the time I was working or playing outside, but ultimately I had another agenda: I started my Peace Corps application. After over a year of frantically waiting, I've been accepted and am ready to depart.
Training to become a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) kicks off in November 2011. I'll be spending 27 months in Guinea, a West African country just slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, working as a Community Economic Adviser (CED). Right now, pre-departure, I can't say the specifics about my work because I just don't know yet. However, even if only in sentiment, I have a suspicion it's going to be remarkably similar to this:
“... I went from being responsible for very little in college to being responsible for the life savings of 6,000 credit union members in Fako Division, Cameroon. The Peace Corps gave me that chance. In many ways, it was the most important job I have ever had.”
-- Christopher R Hill, ambassador to Iraq (Cameroon 1974-76)