BMT 021 : The Peace Corps Opportunity with Allison Terry

Peace Corps Opportunity

Allison Terry, a 3-year alum of the Peace Corps in Ghana, Africa, shares what the Peace Corps program looks like for a volunteer. Find out who the Peace Corps opportunity is for, what the application process looks like, what it offers in terms of growth and change, and how you can be involved. In this interview we cover applying, interviewing, getting medical tests done, the waiting period, requesting a volunteer sector and area, the assignment, training period, the 2-year commitment, and of course, coming home and applying your new life-skills to jobs and relationships in the US.

Allison Terry lives in Denver, CO, where she supervises a multi-year servant leadership program for high school students. In 2006, fresh out of college, she backed her bags and jumped a plane to Ghana where she volunteered for three years with the US Peace Corps. She lived in a rural farming village without electricity, running water, or reliable transportation, but it ended up being one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Allison’s views on Peace Corps are her own – she does not officially represent the organization.

 

 

Episode 21 Show Notes

What you will hear in this episode:

In this interview we cover applying, interviewing, getting medical tests done, the waiting period, requesting a volunteer sector and area, the assignment, training period, the 2-year commitment, and of course, coming home and applying your new life-skills to jobs and relationships in the US.

Allison says:
“The Peace Corps definitely teaches you what you’re made of.”
“It makes you redefine wealth and happiness and health and what you really need to achieve these…”
“Any time you travel you get a wider perspective on what it means to be human…”
“Don’t be afraid of the time commitment; two years sounds like a long time… but it’s really not that much, and the value and volunteer experience and living abroad is so worth those two years…”

Ghana Peace Corps
Allison with the Chiefs of Ofosu
Ghana Peace Corps House
Allison’s house in Ofosu

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Check out the Peace Corps website: http://www.peacecorps.gov
Allison’s photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ghanaboundallison/sets

Thanks to Allison Terry

Big shout out again to Allison Terry for taking the time to share her knowledge about the Peace Corps on the podcast, thanks, Allison!

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