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Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook Paperback – August 7, 2010
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""The Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook is a fantastic companion for any applicant on their journey to becoming a PCV."
--Amy Panikowski, RPCV, University of Florida Peace Corps Recruiter (05-11)
"The must have book for anyone thinking of joining the Peace Corps..."
--Christopher Beale, RPCV, Founder of Other Places Publishing (Travel Guides by RPCVs)
"The Unofficial Handbook provides invaluable, down-to-earth advice that can help you make the most of this transformative experience, as well as guide you when you come home."
--Erica Burman, RPCV, National Peace Corps Association
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If you are interested in joining the peace corps, there are a number of better (and free) resources at your disposal
-Peace Corps Wiki is an excellent site maintained and edited by volunteers
-Peace Corps recruiting events feature speakers and RPCVs who would be more than willing to answer any questions (no matter how "unofficial" they may be)
-Returned Peace Corps Volunteer events will always be happy to provide interested parties with more information.
If you are a current volunteer, like me, I suggest you have your parents use their yearly package for something more useful
Be forewarned that if you are concerned about our voracious appetite for paper and the disappearance of forests, the format might disturb you: it contains 97 blank pages (more than one third of the book). The blank pages are for volunteers to write on. Of the pages with print, many contain less than 20 lines like a poetry book. I imagine that the author's intent is akin to poetry-to recreate an essence rather than an x-ray.
Organized in a similar manner to other recent guides, it explores the mysterious selection, arduous training, work as a stranger in a strange land and readapting to the homeland. However, treatment of these topics has little to do with nuts and bolts but a state of mind "created to act as a companion on your adventure." No outline. Just a series of epiphanies for the author wrote this book while serving as a volunteer in Mongolia and the cultural osmosis is apparent. The ger (home) of this book is a wandering spirit liberated from neurotic cravings. "Be patient, be flexible and have as few expectations as possible," counsels Hellstrom.
For the prospective volunteer eyeing travel posters, the first 72 pages of this book will be enlightening. Aside from sound advice about research, it includes detailed suggestions about application and interview. This may be the most authoritative source on the subject.
The tone and mood of the book are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.Read more ›
Encapsulated within this fun read, is so much helpful and valuable information from PCVs and RPCVs that it's entertaining and potent for any reader. It will especially help those loved ones that are seeing their own son or daughter--or any relation--off to another country. Empathy becomes the currency of your relationship with a loved one as they serve in the Peace Corps.
Take time to prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime. Grab a copy of this book and arm yourself with knowledge. The world is calling. How will you answer?
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I have just recently decided to go for Peace Corps and bought this book to prepare for the interview process. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by TIm
I decided to apply for the Peace Corps, and read everything I could, pro and con, about this organization. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by M. Zonenberg
This [book] is sort of like a blind date. I tried to be cautious but I couldn't help myself. I have so many questions [Why am I here? Is this what I've been searching for? Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Ed
Travis and friends have done an amazing job putting together this handbook. I'm currently serving as a health program volunteer in Cameroon! Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by E. Jehle
I am currently in the application process and as a Peace Corps hopeful I have been reading everything there is to read Peace Corps related... Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by kati89