Why are you here?
Ooooffff. Why am I here? During my senior year of college, 2017-2018, I was looking for jobs to apply to but I could not find a position or company that I truly liked or felt passionately about. I did not come across a job that was similar to that of a Peace Corps Volunteer. I wanted a hands on position that was abroad and dedicated to helping other people in a health related way. I decided that for me, the Peace Corps was the best option for me at the time. I believed that it would allow me to help people directly while and have the opportunity to learn a great deal about a different culture. I felt that it was the best time to apply to the Peace Corps. I would have just graduated and then gone off. I didn’t have anything in the U.S. that was tying me down. So, I applied for the Cambodia program. It may be a bit obvious but I was not accepted to Cambodia program BUT I was invited to become a Health Volunteer in Mongolia. The Peace Corps had given me three days to decide. I said yes of course. While Mongolia is a drastically different country from Cambodia it was still an opportunity to work abroad as a health volunteer and to learn more about a culture. So, that’s why I’m here (:
What scares you about service?
A LOT. For one thing, the winters. I turn purple and my toes go numb in 40°F so -40° F is a little daunting. The isolation is a tad scary as well. Even though we as volunteers are surrounded by people every day there are many factors which make it hard to connect with people that are unfamiliar with your culture and situation. Luckily I have three other volunteers in my Aimag so I have more of a connection to American culture and people than other PCVs in Mongolia. I am scared that I will not accomplish anything of great substance during my service or that I will let my school down in some way. I am scared that I will not integrate very well and that I will look back on my service and be unsatisfied with what I did or did not accomplished. It’s all becoming less scary as time goes on!
What are you excited about?
There are many aspects of my service that I am excited about! I am excited to meet new people and learn more about them, PCVs, Mongolians, and other foreigners in Mongolia. I am excited to learn more about the Mongolian culture and to hopefully be accepted into people’s communities. I am excited to make life long connections and relationships with people. I am excited to learn more about myself over the next two years and to see if I change at all. I am excited to share what I learn about Mongolia with my friends and family. I am excited to see what the experience teaches me.