Twelve Reasons to Date a PC Volunteer

A Volunteer emailed this from this website in honor of Valentine’s Day and I thought I should share. I hope Manfriend agrees.

12 reasons to date a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer:
1. We can woo you in multiple languages. Who else is going to whisper sweet nothings to you in everything from Albanian to Hausa to Quechua to Xhosa? That’s right. Only a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

2. We’re pretty good dancers. Yeah, we don’t like to brag, but after 27 months in Latin America or Africa we know how to move it.

3. We’ll eat anything. Seriously. No matter how bad your cooking, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have had worse and will eat it with nary a blink. Sheep’s eyeball? Water buffalo gall bladder? Grasshoppers? Bush rat? Bring it.

4. We know all about safe sex, thanks to our very thorough Peace Corps health training. In fact, there’s a chance that we’ve stood unblushingly in front of hundreds of villagers and demonstrated good condom technique with a large wooden phallus.

5. We’ll kill spiders for you. Well, actually, we’ll nonchalantly scoop them up and put them out of sight.  Same goes for mice, geckos, frogs, snakes. Critters don’t faze Returned Volunteers.

6. We have great date ideas: wandering a street market, checking out a foreign film, taking in a world music concert, volunteering…. Romantic getaway? Our passport is updated and our suitcase is packed. With us, life is always an adventure.

7. We like you for “you”… not your paycheck. Especially if we are freshly back from service, a local joint with “character” will win out over a pretentious eatery.  Living in a group house? No problem. Does it have running hot water? What luxury!

8. You won’t get lost when you’re with a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Navigating local markets on four continents, we’ve honed an uncanny sense of direction. Or else we’ll ask for directions. We’re not afraid to talk to “strangers.”

9. Waiting for a late train or bus? Don’t worry, we’ve been there, done that. We can share lots of funny stories about “the bus ride from hell” that will make the time go quickly and put it all into perspective.

10. Our low-maintenance fashion style. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer guys are secure in their manhood and don’t mind rocking a sarong. Women often prefer flip-flops to high heels. We don’t spend hours in front of a mirror getting ready to go out.

11. Marry us, and you won’t just get one family — you’ll get two! When we refer to our “brother” or “mom,” you’ll want to be certain we’re talking about our American one or our Peace Corps one. You might even get two wedding ceremonies, one in the U.S. and one back in our Peace Corps country.

12. And last but not least, we aren’t afraid to get dirty.

2 thoughts on “Twelve Reasons to Date a PC Volunteer

  1. Howdy Erin!

    First, I want to say your list is spot on. Do you mind if I quote you for our paper, I’m a PCV in Uganda. I’m a PCV in Uganda and I’m getting ready to COS next month. Some of my fellow COSers and I are headed to SE Asia for some globe trotting before we head home. Our first stop is Thailand, the Land of Smiles. I was wondering if you have any advice, tips, or tricks for navigating Thailand, what we ought to see and where we ought to go. Also, scams, ripoffs, and dangers we should watch out for. Oh, and we will be getting into Bangkok around 9:00 pm. Is there a cheap PCV friendly hotel you would recommend?

    Cheers,
    Dave

    • Hey David,

      Congrats on your nearly here COS! We have many other PCVs traveling through, so you might run into some other PCVs while you’re here. Also, it’s my groups Mid-Service conference the last week of March and we’re in Bangkok, so if that’s the case, give us a ring. I believe the BTS (metro, clean and ACed) is still running until about 11pm, so I would go that route over getting a taxi from the airport (there’s a toll fee you are responsible for paying). Where many PCVs stay is White Lodge off of the Siam Square BTS stop. It’s kind of down a little alley and you have to search a bit for it, but the rooms are reasonable, clean, and you’re in a convenient area (in BKK we spend about 500 baht on a double room, outside about 300). Once you’re in the city, always go taxi over tuk-tuk (the little motorized tricycle bench things) as the drivers will always charge you more than if you were in a taxi (but always get the meter (it’s the same word it Thai, they start at 35 baht)), and BTS/bus over taxi- though if you’re with a few friends, the taxi price won’t be much higher than the BTS (the buses are the cheapest though don’t expect the bus people to know any English). In Bangkok, definitely check out the ginormous weekend market (you can get there by BTS), but don’t expect to cover it in one day. My best PCV friend just got pickpocketed on the BTS and it happens a lot on the streets, so be smart with that. March is starting to get into our ‘hot’ season and Bangkok is always miserably warm, so I would get the heck out of town if I were in your shoes. Outside of the cities, Thailand has some beautiful landscapes, especially in the north. Kanchanburi and Ayutthaya are pretty easily navigable for non-Thai speakers and Kanch is a good jumping point to get out for some waterfalls in the area. I haven’t gone to Chiang Mai yet, but would probably suggest spending time there over Bangkok. Also, Khao Yai is a national park and supposed to be phenomenal (I’m going with my Mom) and the tours of a thousand baht are worthwhile. If you’re going south, Rai Lay in Krabi is my favorite beach, but have heard awesome things about Ko Muk in Trang and plan to go there when I COS. Sorry if this is an overwhelming bit of information, if you have anymore questions, feel free to email me. Best overall advice I can give is smile, learning a bit of Thai will get you a long way, and enjoy this beautiful place!

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