Sa-wa-dee ka! Hello!
I’m Carly, a 20-something Wisconsinite-turned-Peace Corps-Volunteer and author of this blog. I’m currently serving as a Youth in Development volunteer in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai.
First, a little background: I can’t exactly pinpoint the time and place I first heard about the Peace Corps, but since learning about it, I’ve had a fascination with the organization. During my senior year of college I worked for the UW-Madison Peace Corps recruiting office. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the organization and meeting people who were applying/preparing to serve, but was also completely and utterly sure I was not “crazy enough” to volunteer myself.
While working at a campus career fair booth in March of 2014, I voiced frustrations about graduation and employment to Eric, the campus Peace Corps recruiter. I remember telling him I wanted to do something “fun” after graduation, something that would be a challenge and an adventure. In a way that only Eric could, he laughed and said, “Carly, have you heard of the Peace Corps?”
Fast forward almost two years later and I started to think that maybe I was one of those people “crazy enough” to volunteer with the Peace Corps. The specifics of serving in Thailand as a Youth in Development volunteer kind of fell together all at once, but when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it.
I intend to use this blog as a way to share my Peace Corps experience with others. In doing so, I’ll be working towards Peace Corps’ third goal – to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.