The toughest job you'll ever love!
After graduating from Washington State University in 1971, I joined the Peace Corps. While it wasn't something that I had originally planned, nor was it a spur of the moment decision. My initial training took place in Ponce, Puerto Rico where we had language training eight hours a day for about eight weeks. Then we left for Costa Rica for another six weeks of language and technical training. I served as an Agricultural Extensionist. Most people don't understand that a Peace Corps Volunteer actually reports to the host government. There is an administrative arm of the Peace Corps in country, but one's work is directed by the host government. I was assigned to an extension office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cattle in Nicoya, Guanacaste. My job was to represent the Ministry in its work as assigned and I provided technical assistance to small farmers primarily in the production of corn, rice and beans. Over time I also provided assistance with tobacco, cotton, sesame, sorghum, and all varieties of fruits and vegetables. It was a great time! It was a great experience! Like most volunteers, I went to give; but feel that I probably received more than I ever gave. The Peace Corps is as viable today as it was those many years ago. They are still looking for volunteers if you are interested.