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okay, well really this is just a spot for me to ramble on about random topics

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Peace Corps 

Yup, the rumor is correct. I've applied to be in the Peace Corps. As long as my asthma doesn't keep me out, I think I have a pretty good shot at getting in.

While, my initial thought was that I'd be gone before the New Year. It looks like the process is going to take a bit longer (6-9 months). And truly, given the amount of paperwork I have to fill out, it would be easier running for the President of the United States. Watch out Hilarity!

So, everyone as asked - Why the Peace Corps? I attended a wedding a month or so ago and I sat at a table with a gentlemen who volunteered with the Peace Corps in India back in the 70's. He said it was the most amazing experience of his life.

Maybe I'm just an adrenaline junkie, or perhaps all of that volunteering just wasn't rewarding enough. Either way, that statement resonate and after doing some research, I knew my skillset could be of use. And, while I contemplated Habitat for Humanity and other more local organizations, they generally only helps one family. I have the ability to assist an entire community or village.

I love what I have been doing and my business has been doing well, but I just want to do more. I come from a long line of volunteers (from my Dad serving in the National Guard for 35+ years to my Grandfather who was a minister). Over the past few years, my level of involvement with charities has been either monetary or the occassional free graphic design work.

The initial areas that the Peace Corps has identified for me would be - Computer Science or Business Development/Advising. Both would be right up my alley and would likely ensure that I would be in a more urban area where connectivity would be a little more prevelant. Even if it is not, I will make sure that I get to the "city" areas often enough to keep everyone posted - not to mention just be able to talk to my Amanda Bear.

The hardest part is leaving my love and the pups. We have talked at length and feel we can both get through the adjustment. I can have visitors after the first 6 months - did I mention this was a 27 month committment. Yikes!

Amanda really just wants me to be happy and do what I "need" to do. And I do feel like I need to do this. Not for any one else, but for me.

Anyhow, I'll update everyone as the news comes in, but please keep your fingers crossed. Lord knows mine are already fingerprinted so the FBI can do a background check. Isn't that cool?

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You can't go into the peace corps without meeting me for lunch one day...

;)

-Chris
 
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