My Placement

What is Peace Corps? The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change-makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. If you are interested in joining visit their website.

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What was my country of service? Ethiopia, Africa. Located in the eastern “horn” of Africa. When I applied for Peace Corps I was told I would be placed in either Central America or Africa. Instead, I was placed to be an English teacher in China. That being said, at that time I did not want to go to Asia, and with a quick email, I was sent to Ethiopia. I am happy with my placement in Ethiopia


How long is Peace Corps? 27 months. The first 3 months of my service was spent in a town called Butajira where I lived with a host family and received countless hours of training to prepare me for my job. I was then placed in a town called Chiri for two years, just south of Bonga in the Kafa Zone.


captureWhat was my job? I was an Education volunteer and served as an English Teacher in a secondary school. I taught grades 9 and 11, and worked alongside NGOs to disseminate information to students using health.

Language? Amharic. I learned to read and write some fidel which Amharic is a script language.Did I get to see my family? Yes. My mom visited me in Ethiopia and I went to Italy to meet up with my boyfriend. My brother and his wife were coming to visit but couldn’t once they had received news that their offer for a house had won.

What was the timeline?

2009 –  Brother came home for a visit from Panama & decided to continue the the legacy.
Feb 2013 – Fill out application, submit resume, transcript, aspirational statement, etc.
March 11, 2013 – Submitted Application
May 9th, 2013 –  Interview with Peace Corps Recruiter at University of Delaware Career Services.
Sep 27, 2013 – Additional follow up paperwork request
Dec 31, 2013 – Nominated for Service
Jan 14, 2014 – Found out possible placement to China, sent email to PC HQ requesting Africa.
Jan 30, 2014 –  Found out Placement while in Puerto Rico.
Feb 02, 2014 – Accepted Invitation to Ethiopia.
April 02, 2014 – Legal Clearance
May 30, 2014 – Medical Clearance
June 30, 2014 – Staging in D.C.
July 2-20, 2014 – Ethiopia and Pre-Service Training
Sep 21, 2014 – Peace Corps Volunteer
Sep 2, 2016 – Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps Core Expectations:

  1. Prepare your personal and professional life to make a commitment to serve abroad for a full term of 27 months
  2. Commit to improving the quality of life of the people with whom you live and work; and, in doing so, share your skills, adapt them, and learn new skills as needed
  3. Serve where the Peace Corps asks you to go, under conditions of hardship, if necessary, and with the flexibility needed for effective service
  4. Recognize that your successful and sustainable development work is based on the local trust and confidence you build by living in, and respectfully integrating yourself into, your host community and culture
  5. Recognize that you are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your personal conduct and professional performance
  6. Engage with host country partners in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning, and respect
  7. Work within the rules and regulations of the Peace Corps and the local and national laws of the country where you serve
  8. Exercise judgment and personal responsibility to protect your health, safety, and well-being and that of others
  9. Recognize that you will be perceived, in your host country and community, as a representative of the people, cultures, values, and traditions of the United States of America
  10. Represent responsibly the people, cultures, values, and traditions of your host country and community to people in the United States both during and following your service