The Toughest …

Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson

in Voices from the Peace Corps

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129754
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135687 | DOI:
The Toughest …

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Looking at an ad campaign for the Peace Corps illustrates that the service was to involve “the toughest job you'll ever love.” Several volunteers would attest that the job is indeed tough and full of challenges. The volunteers in this study cite that one of the most significant shocks involves cross-cultural male-female relationships and expectations in different countries. Some of the other issues that the volunteers pointed out include the lack of privacy and structure, isolation and loneliness, language, the slower pace of life, food, and health issues. The workbook of the Peace Corps states that the initial shock and adjustment experienced by the volunteer would always be followed by more shock and the need to make more adjustments. Being a volunteer, one would have to learn how to take care of oneself and be on one's own. This chapter looks into the adjusting efforts made by several volunteers, and how women were particularly affected by the cross-cultural differences in male-female relationships.

Keywords: cross-culture; culture shock; male-female relationships; language; adjustment; lack of privacy

Chapter.  11047 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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