This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. No really, it sounds hokey and tree-huggerish but I’m for real.
Here’s my thought process:
- I’m not married, don’t have kids, and do not have a job lined up upon graduation. Which is in one year. Therefore, I’m not attached or held down by anything.
- Jobs are down, salaries are down.
- What is 2 years out of a lifespan?
- Imagine the resources and help I could bring to an underprivileged area that I have acquired from my life spent in higher education.
- I’ve never been out of the country or even lived outside this state.
- I have teaching experience and understanding of Spanish.
- I would love the challenge it would bring.
- I’m too spoiled and sheltered (see above) this would really open things up.
- They give you a $6000 stipend when you get home to emerge back into the states.
- You have medical and dental coverage.
Those are the pros but there are SO many cons I’m trying to stay optimistic…
- You have to go for two years.
- You do not get to pick where you go and who you go with (if you go with anyone at all). There is an exception if you’re married.
- You live like the people you are helping, mud houses, no running water, etc.
- Communication with those back home is not as easy as an email or call.
- I’ve never packed for a long vacation in less than one bag, no heels, no makeup bag and hair straightener. I’ve always had heat, AC, running water, clean water, a grocery store full of food, lots of friends and family nearby, etc. (this is the spoiled part).
- Crazy bugs we’re not used to.
- Language barriers (these are the sheltered parts).
- Its kinda really super scary.
Like I said, there are lots of cons but wow the pros and wouldn’t it be such a great life experience so, why not?
Well what I am wondering is what would employers think when I get back? Is this a resume booster? Would it be hard to jump back into ther real world and into a real job? Is this a bad time for a break, should I go do PR first and then take a step back so I have the experience?
I don’t know, lots of things to think about and they tell you to apply 9-12 months before you wish to go which is getting closer by the day.
What do you guys think? I really would love to hear your thoughts from students like myself and from pr professionals and those that would hire all of us students…
Hope I’ve made you think a little about expanding your boundaries and taking a leap, even if its not as drastic as joining the peace corps!