This week I completed my application for the Peace Corps. Yes, the Peace Corps. And no, I’m not crazy. It may not be the typical career path to transition from corporate lawyer to English teacher in South America, Africa or wherever they send me. But for reasons that make perfect sense to me — and it’s what we think of ourselves that really matters, after all — it’s a solid step forward on the path of pursuing my highest and best purpose in life.
I couldn’t have done this without the people who agreed to provide my recommendations: my current boss, my supervisor at Open Books (where I volunteer), and a good friend who’s a lawyer in the same industry as me, and who – I discovered when I asked her to provide a recommendation – is also considering applying for the Peace Corps! And I wouldn’t have done it without the information and inspiration gleaned from people who are currently serving in the Peace Corps and blogging about their experience, including the guy in Oro Ombo, the couple in Ecuador, and the woman in Lesotho.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of these people. The next stage is the screening process, which takes about a year to complete before I know where (hopefully) I’ll be assigned as a Peace Corps volunteer. So I’ll be around for a while yet.
My Peace Corps assignment for tonight: review and complete the “romantic involvement questionnaire.” I’m sure that’s just the first of many new and interesting Peace Corps tasks that I’ve never been asked to do in my career as a lawyer….