Hi everyone, for those of you who haven’t heard yet, I will soon be a Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern European country of Moldova. Moldova is a landlocked country, located between Romania and the Ukraine, and situated just north of the Black Sea.
I’ll be serving as a community development volunteer, and will likely work for an NGO (Non-Government Organization) or a local Moldovan government office.
Friends: “Thats awesome man, so what kind of stuff will you be doing?”
Me: Well….ya got me. I really have no idea what exactly I’ll be doing. It might involve grant writing, finding funding and ideas for local businesses, etc., or it may be something completely different. I would like to use my law degree in some way, as I have some experience in non-profit and small business law….but we will just have to wait and see.
Friends: “Well that’s cool, but why would you join the Peace Corps after spending all that time getting a law degree?”
Me: There is no simple answer for why someone decides to join the Peace Corps, or chooses any path in life for that matter. As far back as I can remember,I have always wanted to join. Public service has always been emphasized in my family, as my grandfather, father, mother, and sister have all served their country in some regard. While I have volunteered, on occasion, I have yet to do anything in my life that could be considered, “greater than myself”. The Peace Corps is an opportunity to do just that, as thousands before me have served and worked towards improving relations with countries across the world, and helping those in need.
I had planned to serve after completing my undergraduate studies at the finest school in the nation, the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). However, as fate would have it, I ended up going to law school at the Washburn instead. I don’t regret going to Washburn; in fact, my education there is invaluable, and has had a tremendous impact on my life. Nevertheless, about half-way through law school, I decided that I still wanted the Peace Corps experience in my life, and after much waiting, that plan will soon come to fruition.
The Peace Corps provides me with the unique opportunity to live in a part of the world I probably wouldn’t see otherwise, help people, learn a new language, and perhaps most importantly, serve as a representative of the United States. While my expectations are tempered, and I may not see any tangible results from my service in the Peace Corps, I am ecstatic that I will more or less be a diplomat (not to be confused with the State Department’s Foreign Service), because lets face it, we would have had world peace by now if everyone were like me! I kid, I kid.
In any case, I apologize, I see this blog post is becoming a bit long. This is my first blog, and I will do my best to keep you all interested. Oh, who am I kidding, I know my parents are going to be the most active followers. Dad, you’re limited to one comment per blog post…I mean it!