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Peace Corps FAQ // Everything Else

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The last in a four-part series answering your questions about Peace Corps.
Part 1: Applying to Peace Corps
Part 2: Training & Work
Part 3: Life in Peace Corps
Part 4: Everything else

I compiled the most common questions from my blog and YouTube comments, emails, etc. but if you want to know something that I haven't addressed here, or have a question for another part, leave it in the comment section!

Disclaimer: I can only speak to Peace Corps South Africa and my service specifically. Every PCV has a different experience whether in different countries or the same. If you are interested in joining PC, talk to as many people as you can to get an accurate picture of Peace Corps.

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How has PC defined my (Morgan’s) career goals? Has it made my future goals more confusing?
Peace Corps has completely changed my career goals; I finally feel like I am doing work I am passionate about. Prior to Peace Corps I was working in marketing and hated it! Now I plan to get a master’s in Internationa…

Peace Corps FAQ // Life in Peace Corps

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The third in a four-part series answering frequently asked questions about Peace Corps.
Part 1: Applying to Peace Corps
Part 2: Training & Work
Part 3: Life in Peace Corps
Part 4: Everything else

I compiled the most common questions from my blog and YouTube comments, emails, etc. but if you want to know something that I haven't addressed here, or have a question for another part, leave it in the comment section!

Disclaimer: I can only speak to Peace Corps South Africa and my service specifically. Every PCV has a different experience whether in different countries or the same. If you are interested in applying to PC, talk to as many people as you can to get an accurate picture of life in Peace Corps.

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What are the living conditions like for volunteers?
Living conditions vary drastically from country to country, and even village to village. I recommend watching Peace Corps house tour videos (like mine here) to get a better idea of the living situation in different areas. You can al…

Peace Corps FAQ // Training & Work

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The second in a four-part series answering your questions about Peace Corps.
Part 1: Applying to Peace Corps
Part 2: Training & Work
Part 3: Life in Peace Corps
Part 4: Everything else

I compiled the most common questions from my blog and YouTube comments, emails, etc. but if you want to know something that I haven't addressed here, or have a question for another part, leave it in the comment section!

Disclaimer: I can only speak to Peace Corps South Africa and my service specifically. Every PCV has a different experience whether in different countries or the same. If you are interested in joining PC, talk to as many people as you can to get an accurate picture of Peace Corps work.

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How long is training and where do volunteers train?
Training is about 10-weeks and all training is in your country of service (aside from a two-day workshop in the States right before you fly out).

What type of work do volunteers do?
Volunteers work in six different sectors: Agriculture, Environment, …

Peace Corps FAQ // Applying to Peace Corps

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The first in a four-part series answering your questions about Peace Corps.
Part 1: Applying to Peace Corps
Part 2: Training & Work
Part 3: Life in Peace Corps
Part 4: Everything else

I compiled the most common questions from my blog and YouTube comments, emails, etc., but if you want to know something that I haven't addressed here, or have a question for another part, leave it in the comment section!

Disclaimer: I can only speak to Peace Corps South Africa and my service specifically. Every PCV has a different experience whether in different countries or the same. If you are interested in applying to PC, talk to as many people as you can to get an accurate picture of Peace Corps.

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What is the Peace Corps application process and timeline?
The application process has changed since I applied (in August 2013), but I wrote about my specific application timeline here and the old application process here.

What initially made me (Morgan) apply to Peace Corps?
I answered this question in …

Life Updates + Family Visits!

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Since this blog's inception, May 2017 was the first month I didn't publish a single blog post. Some (many) months I came close, but I always managed to get something up in the nick of time. Well, life eventually got in the way.

I was in the states from 12 April till 22 May visiting friends and family and roaming from Miami, to Naples, Chicago, St. Louis, Fulton, Atlanta, back to Miami and Naples, Tampa, Orlando, White Plains, NYC, London (I know, not really in the states) and finally back to SA.

When I got back to Pretoria on the 24th, I suffered from the worst jet-lag of my entire life. To be fair, I didn't have anything motivating me to get out of bed (since my new job didn't start until 29 May), and because Alex was studying for finals he didn't feel the need to wake me up when I took day-long naps. Basically, I was out the entire weekend. Before I knew it, May had passed and I hadn't posted a single blog.

Let me catch you up on the last month of my life he…

The Final Month

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Before we get started... check out my YouTube channel and watch my newest video, A DAY IN MY LIFE! Possibly my favorite video thus far.
Side note: I received my first "hate" comment on my YouTube channel today. I thought that only happened to celebrities. I feel so important now ;) Everyone go onto YouTube and say "hi" to my new friend, poopiedogonion (yep, that's his or her username)

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Wednesday 5 April was my last day as a Peace Corps Volunteer :( Although I have so many thoughts and feelings about that topic, right now we are going to focus on my last month of the service and some of the projects/programs I completed during that time. 
WORLD MAP PROJECT
I've been working on this project since January 2016, mostly because I'm a perfectionist and nothing was ever good enough (in my mind). I decided to strip the paint off the wall, fill in the cracks, and use a projector to draw the map (see what I mean... perfectionist). We also hired a local artist …