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13 Things People Who Have Lived Abroad Know To Be True

There are some things you can't learn in school. So join the Peace Corps, and see where life takes you!

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1. You can navigate public transportation in any language.

It's all about colors, numbers, landmarks, and the kindness of strangers.
Liz Highleyman (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: liz_at_blackrose

It's all about colors, numbers, landmarks, and the kindness of strangers.

2. You're open to whatever new activities may present themselves.

"There's something called volcano surfing? Sign me up!"
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"There's something called volcano surfing? Sign me up!"

3. You're great at explaining where you come from to the people you meet.

Just think big buildings full of tiny, overpriced apartments; people who text while walking really fast; and pizza places that stay open until 3 a.m!
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Just think big buildings full of tiny, overpriced apartments; people who text while walking really fast; and pizza places that stay open until 3 a.m!

4. And you people-watch like a pro.

There's no better way to familiarize yourself with a different culture than through simple observation. And you never know what special moment you may witness. :)
Chris Waits /(CC BY http://2.0)/ Flickr: chriswaits

There's no better way to familiarize yourself with a different culture than through simple observation. And you never know what special moment you may witness. :)

5. You constantly challenge your understanding of "normal..."

Pedestrian may be a much more inclusive term!
Chris Eason (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: mister-e

Pedestrian may be a much more inclusive term!

6. ...and of what you consider beautiful.

William Murphy (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Flickr: infomatique
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You could turn a corner and suddenly be completely humbled.

7. You enjoy your own company.

When you don't have your best friends and family around you 24/7, you learn to make your own fun...and take comfort in it.
Courtesy of Nathan Paterson

When you don't have your best friends and family around you 24/7, you learn to make your own fun...and take comfort in it.

8. You see food as an opportunity to be adventurous.

Yep, you've once seen what's now in your dish crawling up a glass water tank at a zoo. Bottoms up!
bigbirdz (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: bigbirdz

Yep, you've once seen what's now in your dish crawling up a glass water tank at a zoo. Bottoms up!

9. Being able to laugh at yourself is key.

It makes it easier to step out of your comfort zone (and into a mysterious new zone full of possibilities!).
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It makes it easier to step out of your comfort zone (and into a mysterious new zone full of possibilities!).

10. You celebrate people's differences and simultaneously realize just how much everyone has in common.

It's a beautiful paradox.
Courtesy of Lauren Burke

It's a beautiful paradox.

11. You can miss home and love where you are simultaneously.

And it makes you appreciate everything even more.
Courtesy of Nathan Paterson

And it makes you appreciate everything even more.

12. You know how to change up a comfortable routine.

Walking to work suddenly looks very different.
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Walking to work suddenly looks very different.

13. And above all, you know there's nothing like immersing yourself in a culture entirely different than your own.

You only hope that you've enriched people's lives as much as they've enriched yours.
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You only hope that you've enriched people's lives as much as they've enriched yours.

There's nothing quite like it! Join the Peace Corps today, and start your journey.

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