Youth Outreach and Community Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua

Uploaded by peacecorps on 04.06.2009

The question I have to ask is, what is—what kind of contribution am I going to make to other human beings?
A lot of the things that we stress about in the States, at the end of the day, it’s not that important.
The most important things are gonna be how we touch other peoples’ lives, and how many kids we’ve inspired.
I went to college at Notre Dame when I already knew that I wanted to travel. So Peace Corps was very attractive
because I wanted to live in another culture and still do meaningful work while in that community.
So, as an urban youth development worker, I think my job is to try instill some sense of self-worth so that,
the youth feel they can go forward from here. Kids need role models like anywhere else in the world.
I find I I really enjoy soccer, I coach a soccer team, and my team’s not doing too well this season,
but we’re having a good time.
Potential employers are looking for problem-solvers, they’re looking for leaders,
they’re looking for people who can work within different cultures. Having a second language definitely helps.
So these are all things that I’ve gained as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Not only that, but you’re taken care of;
you’re not spending any money to do it. My living allowance covers my rent, my electricity bill, my groceries,
but sometimes at the end of the month I’m scraping. You can cook, you can wash the dishes, you can take a shower,
and you can flush the toilet twice on 10 gallons of water a day. And that to me was incredible.
I mean, you have to learn how to conserve, but I did not know that before I came here. You have to rely on yourself.
You have to be a go-getter, as they say, a starter. I think Peace Corps provides a tremendous number of opportunities,
and I cannot be happier with the way things worked out here. This is what I consider real-life graduate school�