Day 5: Peace Corps #GIG2017

As a Peace Corps campus ambassador, I admittedly have not been the best at being an outspoken advocate. Sitting at tables in crowded common areas isn’t exactly my forte.

However, through my new knowledge about the original volunteer-abroad opportunity and the growing number of other organizations promoting similar messages, I want to express my gratitude.

Ultimately, what matters most is service. If you can’t necessarily wrap your mind around leaving the country for two years, there’s always your local community that could use your helping hands. But I say if you have any curiosity or interest in Peace Corps, I say go for it.

I don’t tote my support and gratitude for the Peace Corps lightly. I truly believe in its mission to contribute trained people to countries needing support in areas like development and education. That in turn allows individuals to gain an immersive experience learning and living in a foreign culture surrounded by new people and ideas, as well as creating stronger bonds between global neighbors.

Gratitude can only go so far if we voice our thoughts and leave it at that. What should come next is applying gratitude, utilizing our blessings and abilities to help others. It’s an opportunity that is irreplaceable, regardless of how large or small of a difference you assume you’re making.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my need to volunteer abroad. Once graduating, it might be expected to delve immediately into the workforce and climb the corporate ladder, but I’m fortunate enough to have the amazing support and resources to choose other options that better align with my goals and passions in life.

And if you peruse the Peace Corps website and think it doesn’t quite fit, be grateful that so many other amazing organizations now offer similar experiences to travel within or outside the United States to do humanitarian work. You can search by location, types of positions, lengths of time and more. I was certainly surprised in my own findings how many like-minded people out there have established different options to act and serve.

While I don’t intend to be a salesperson through today’s post, I do hope my gratitude might evoke your own call to volunteer. Peace Corps might not be the perfect fit for you at this moment, but you might find other ways to reach out, or see more room for personal growth in your future. Either way, I say reach out to those close to you for support and make use of the amazing information out there. And hey, I’m always here if you need that person for brainstorming and guidance.

Gratitude makes your awareness known, but how can you put your gratitude into action today?

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie

Author: Allie

A flower child passionate about faith, social justice, and love.

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