Publication Date

2011

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Ryland White

Abstract

Peace Corps service has many highs and lows – this is true across a variety of contexts. The ebb and flow of busy and slow times, of emotional highs and lows, and of excitement and boredom start from the day a trainee arrives in country and extends for months, and sometimes years, after the volunteer returns home. Answering the question “What was Peace Corps like?” will almost surely be met with an eye roll by even the most patient of returned volunteers. What is Peace Corps service like? It is not like anything, simply stated; it simply is life. For most of us, it is a microcosm of the life we led before we left and the life we hope to continue to lead, even if only in some small way, years after our service.

This CLC Capstone will reflect on my experiences as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. It will touch on some of my experiences before arriving at SIT, some of my experiences during the on-campus phase at SIT, and finally on the two years I spent on my Reflective Phase Practice. Though I had the opportunity to take part in many different trainings, both as a trainee and a trainer, I will focus on my experience as a member of a training team working to reshape how Peace Corps Paraguay trains on diversity issues.

Disciplines

Peace and Conflict Studies | Place and Environment | Service Learning | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture

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