A. I am a very loyal person who is committed to serving whatever organization that I am currently involved with. I believe that every task should be taken seriously and that every person should be treated with respect. Although I know very little about the cultural nuances in
I have been told that if I enter the Peace Corps with any expectations, then I will probably be disappointed and frustrated. Despite this, I do have a number of aspirations I would like to fulfill. I want to learn more about the world, other cultures, and the people that are out there whom I would otherwise never get a chance to meet. I want to find a way to internalize those experiences so I can grow as a person. I want to learn a new language (or possibly two). I want to improve the world, even if that is only through the small interactions I have with my host family, friends, and coworkers that I encounter in
B. When working with my host country partners, I will emphasize relationships, communication, and respect. I know that when I begin my work, I will probably have trouble fully communicating, possibly feel overwhelmed, and wonder how I can be of most service to my organization. During this time, it will be as important for me to get to know the organization and my coworkers as it is to accomplish my initial tasks. I will seek to understand what the organization does and build relationships during my initial time there. I know these will pay off in the future. In addition to this, I will emphasize communication with my organization. I will attempt to keep an open dialogue with my supervisors so I am always aware of what their expectations for me are. I will also practice professionalism in my attire, attitude, and behavior. I know that as an outsider, people will be more apt to make quick judgments about me, especially if they have already been exposed to stereotypes. Therefore, I will always be conscious of what message my words and deeds are sending to others and respect my workplace and coworkers.
C. From my experiences traveling abroad to
D. During pre-service training, I hope to learn job skills, the language I will need, and any important cultural differences that will be needed at my work place. Because I know so little about my actual placement now, I do not know what skills I will need to learn during my pre-service training. Right now, I just hope to learn enough about
E. I do not have any specific plans on what I will do when I am done with my Peace Corps service. Broadly, I want to enter the field of international development on some level. However, I am not sure with what organization, in what region, or in what manner. I know that I will gain experience in this field during my service, and I will use this experience to evaluate whether or not a career in development work is something I will continue to pursue. I hope to use the skills that I develop during my service in my future career. However, I expect that the Peace Corps will affect me in ways I cannot even imagine, and in light of this, planning my future aspirations before I even begin my experiences may be a little premature.