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13 Reasons To Join Peace Corps

Do you really need 13 reasons to join the Peace Corps? Just one should suffice, "It's the toughest job you'll ever love." If you do need more than one reason, here are 13 more.

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1. You're not the "typical American backpacker."

Because the first things on your list are to learn the best Instagram spots and how to say “I love you” in your village’s dialect.
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Because the first things on your list are to learn the best Instagram spots and how to say “I love you” in your village’s dialect.

2. You want to experience something new … every day.

Taking part in a traditional tribal dance? Dancing til dawn? Just another typical day.
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Taking part in a traditional tribal dance? Dancing til dawn? Just another typical day.

3. ... Including some great food.

Try new foods, taste local delicacies and learn how to cook regional dishes. Not to mention, you get to shock your parents during your next phone call home; “I ate grilled ____ today!”
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Try new foods, taste local delicacies and learn how to cook regional dishes. Not to mention, you get to shock your parents during your next phone call home; “I ate grilled ____ today!”

4. You want to make a difference.

Whether you touch the lives of hundreds of people or just one, you know your community won’t be the same after you leave.
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Whether you touch the lives of hundreds of people or just one, you know your community won’t be the same after you leave.

5. Now you can choose a country or assignment.

Want to put your college French classes to good use or pursue your passion for teaching? The excuse, “well, I won’t be able to choose were I serve” doesn’t fly anymore.
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Want to put your college French classes to good use or pursue your passion for teaching? The excuse, “well, I won’t be able to choose were I serve” doesn’t fly anymore.

6. Learning a new language is awesome and saves you money.

During service you'll learn to speak another language and discover the more fluent you are, the easier it is to bargain. The better you bargain the more money you save. … Just sayin’.
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During service you'll learn to speak another language and discover the more fluent you are, the easier it is to bargain. The better you bargain the more money you save. … Just sayin’.

7. You will get the chance to meet some amazing people.

Village leaders, young entrepreneurs, government workers, civil society leaders, athletes. Widen your circle farther than you ever imagined.
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Village leaders, young entrepreneurs, government workers, civil society leaders, athletes. Widen your circle farther than you ever imagined.

8. You'll become part of the Peace Corps family.

We understand your crazy stories, readjustment problems and why you hate goats so much.
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We understand your crazy stories, readjustment problems and why you hate goats so much.

9. Career skills. Career skills. Career skills.

Just memorize this phrase: As an independent self-starter with extensive cross-cultural understanding and leadership experience, I am accustomed to working with limited resources to produce measurable and significant results. You’re welcome!
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Just memorize this phrase: As an independent self-starter with extensive cross-cultural understanding and leadership experience, I am accustomed to working with limited resources to produce measurable and significant results. You’re welcome!

10. You’ll gain a new understanding of finances.

You won’t get paid much, but you sure know how to make $100 last for weeks. And when you return to America, you'll want to reuse EVERYTHING.
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You won’t get paid much, but you sure know how to make $100 last for weeks. And when you return to America, you'll want to reuse EVERYTHING.

11. Graduate school discounts.

All Volunteers are life-long learners, and Peace Corps helps support that commitment with grad school opportunities both during and after service.
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All Volunteers are life-long learners, and Peace Corps helps support that commitment with grad school opportunities both during and after service.

12. You'll have the best stories to tell.

You will one-up your parents’ “When I was your age ...” life lessons.
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You will one-up your parents’ “When I was your age ...” life lessons.

13. You just might find a new passion.

Maybe being a doctor isn’t your thing anymore. Now you’re a development manager for a small non-profit specializing in eco-rehabilitation in a Sub-Saharan Africa. Hey, it could happen!

Maybe being a doctor isn’t your thing anymore. Now you’re a development manager for a small non-profit specializing in eco-rehabilitation in a Sub-Saharan Africa. Hey, it could happen!